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Protecting your property from fraud

Sadly, fraud in all its forms is on the increase with cybercrime a rapidly growing area of concern.

Whilst the elderly and most vulnerable in our community are often targeted, the reality is that we must all remain on our guard as every day clever, well organised and totally unscrupulous criminals are inventing new ways of defrauding innocent people.

Property transactions remain a major target for fraudsters with scams becoming increasingly common sophisticated. They include criminals who:

  • Set up and hide behind a fake law firm;
  • Intercept and manipulate emails;
  • Impersonate property owners;
  • Try to steal your identity.

Unfortunately, scams when you are buying or selling property are more and more common.  Criminals may try to intercept funds by conning you into transferring funds into their bank accounts instead of your conveyancers.

They may also target you by offering what sounds like an amazingly profitable, quick buck, property scheme. The reason it sounds too good to be true is because it generally is.

Others are targeting the largest asset you may have – your property.  The aim quite simply is to sell it or raise a new mortgage on it without your knowledge.

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UPDATE October 2020

We have now re-opened our branches to clients but all appointments and visits must be pre-booked to comply with government guidance.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

Please note that all visitors to our offices must, by law, wear a face covering.

We cannot accept drop-in visits from clients without an appointment being made in advance. If you have documents for us, including for ID certification, please deliver them to our letterbox

How to get in touch:

  • Please email or telephone your usual lawyer or team, or
  • Please telephone the branch most convenient to you between 9am and 5:30pm, or email info@wards.uk.com at any time and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.  A list of our 11 branches is available here.

Thank you.

Wards Solicitors LLP