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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.

Online Conveyancing Calculator

This quick form will give you a calculation of likely conveyancing costs. At the end you have the option to leave us your contact details, so that we can contact you with your personalised estimate. There is no obligation and this only takes a few minutes.

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    April 2021: Covid-19 arrangements

    Wards Solicitors remains open for business and we are taking on new cases.  We are available for video call and telephone meetings but cannot currently offer face to face meetings with clients except in some specific emergency situations and at court hearings.

    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, Mondays to Fridays.
    • Alternatively, email info@wards.uk.com at any time and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

    A list of our 12 branches is available here. Our telephones lines are operating as normal behind closed doors.

    Important Warning: Cyber-crime is very common including email interception. We will never tell you of changes to our bank details by email.  Please be aware that we accept no responsibility if you transfer money to a bank account which is not ours. If you receive an email giving our bank account details, please telephone us immediately without replying to the email or sending money.