Solicitors are failing to warn clients about the risks of using email during property transactions, despite explicit guidelines from anti-fraud authorities and their own trade body, the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.

Howard Mollett, who was tricked into paying over £74,000 to a fraudster posing as his solicitor over email, said he was never warned about the threat of online criminals by his firm, Sethi Partnership, which based in West London.

In fact, first-time buyer Mr Mollett, 40, said the firm only put a “cyber crime alert” at the bottom of their emails on the day he discovered he had become a victim of conveyancing fraud.

 

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