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Criminals Posing As Solicitors To Get Involved In Transactions Worth Hundreds Of Thousands Of Pounds

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In 2013, Mohamed Imran Noorgat, and his wife Aishah, were buying a flat in London. The conveyancer they used to handle the purchase was genuine but the solicitor on the other side was not. They had no idea until all their money had been handed over to him and he suddenly stopped answering emails. "It was truly shocking," said Mr Noorgat. "It was exactly £175,000 that we had borrowed from family and friends so that we could be mortgage-free in our first property and literally that was all gone."

Reports of fake law firms have increased by 125% in the last two years, according to figures from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31730530

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Genuine question, shouldn't his solicitor have checked the bona fides of his counterpart if they hadn't heard of them / dealt with them before? I assume it takes about a minute on the SRA website.

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The title of this thread should be:

Criminals Posing As "Politicians" Involved In massive fraud Worth Millions Of Pounds

Edited by UK Debt Slave

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Genuine question, shouldn't his solicitor have checked the bona fides of his counterpart if they hadn't heard of them / dealt with them before? I assume it takes about a minute on the SRA website.

Looks like the thieving imposter had thought of that one...

The man who took their money used the name of a genuine solicitor called Noel Gareth Edwards, who is registered with the SRA and is based in the Wirral.

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Looks like the thieving imposter had thought of that one...

The man who took their money used the name of a genuine solicitor called Noel Gareth Edwards, who is registered with the SRA and is based in the Wirral.[/size]

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He should sue the SRA, that would be funny.

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