UK regulator alerts public to fraudulent lawyer email scam demanding Bitcoin

As a researcher with personal experience in dealing with email scams and cybersecurity threats, I cannot stress enough the importance of being vigilant when receiving suspicious communications, especially those involving legal matters or requests for Bitcoin payments.

As a cautious crypto investor, I want to share a warning with you. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in the UK has issued a statement about a new email scam. In this scheme, individuals pretending to be lawyers contact you and request Bitcoin payments. Be on high alert for such messages and never transfer Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency to unverified recipients. Always double-check the authenticity of any requests, especially those involving financial transactions. Stay safe and secure in your investments.

The SRA recently revealed that there’s an ongoing fraud scheme, where individuals receive an email from “[email protected]” claiming they have obtained their personal information. The sender then menaces to publish damaging videos unless a Bitcoin payment is made.

Claiming a false connection to Attwaters Solicitors and Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors using the fictitious name “Patrice Joyce,” this deceitful message leads to a suspect Bitcoin wallet that might contain malware.

However, the SRA clarified that no such lawyer by that name is registered or regulated by them.

The domain “” used in the fraudulent email does not match the authentic email domains of the concerned law firms, which are “” and “”.

Joyty, also known as Manjot Kaur Henchie, is a legitimate solicitor employed by Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors, and she has no connection to the fraudulent email.

If you receive questionable legal communications, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recommends that you take the time to verify the authenticity of the source. This can be done by reaching out to the law firms through trusted methods and double-checking the SRA’s records to confirm the validity of any solicitor or firm named in suspicious emails.

Furthering the alarm regarding cryptocurrency swindles, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a statement in June. In this announcement, they cautioned about cunning con artists posing as lawyers who are preying on victims of cryptocurrency fraud. These deceitful individuals assert they can recover stolen funds and frequently misrepresent the FBI to bolster the legitimacy of their schemes.

As an analyst, I’ve observed a concerning trend in financial fraud cases. Some victims have unwittingly engaged with scammers through fake websites, assuming they were legitimate channels to recoup their losses, according to the FBI’s announcement. This underscores the increasing sophistication of such schemes, which prey on the trust and desperation of their targets for deceitful financial gain.

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2024-07-11 14:30