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Fraud Notice

Fraudulent/Unauthorized Communications Using DLF's Name

We have learned that several people have received fraudulent emails that appear to come from individuals at DLF.

You should exercise caution if you receive any unexpected or unusual communications which purport to come from a member of our firm.  If you need to check with us whether a communication is genuine, please contact us.

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Fraudulent communications involving use of our name typically seek to identify a victim by suggesting that an inheritance or a job can be obtained by paying an upfront fee. Another variant is to send demands for money in relation to non-existent claims. Sometimes fake documents referring to the firm's name and/or its lawyers are sent to the victim.

If you have any concerns, see suspicious job adverts or receive suspicious communications that reference DLF please email as at We recommend that you do not respond to such unsolicited offers of employment. If you believe you are the victim of any fraudulent activity, we advise you to contact your appropriate authorities.

Warning signs you need to watch out for:

  • Documentation, adverts or emails containing spelling and grammatical errors.

  • Documentation that is poorly formatted.

  • If an email has been sent from free web-based email accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail or

  • If the advert asks you to apply directly to an email address that appears to be a personal rather than official email address.

  • inheritances from overseas or unknown relatives or individuals with the same surname as the recipient.

  • offers of security work/visa services related to employment in the Middle East.

  • nanny visa clearances.

  • bogus review websites.

  • fake barristers misusing our name regarding funds to be released from banks.

  • offers of internships after payment of an 'administrative fee'.

  • If you have received an offer of employment in an international location and requested to send money to cover visa or immigration costs.

  • If you have received an offer of employment and/or requested to confirm personal information such bank account details without a formal interview process.

  • Insistence on urgency including being able to relocate at short notice.

This is not an exhaustive list of scams. New ones are being invented all the time. Please remain vigilant for your own protection. These scams aim to get your money and/or your personal data to use in other illegal activities. They may not always request money or personal details on initial contact, but will often do so after you respond.

Please note that this firm and its lawyers have no involvement in these or any other scams. In addition, please note that we do not use Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo email addresses, nor email addresses such as

Please note that DLF takes the security of its clients’ data seriously and our systems are set up to hold your data securely in line with physical, technical and administrative security measures. We adopt industry best practices wherever possible, regularly review our security procedures, and also provide mandatory and regular staff training in order to protect against phishing or similar attacks which could lead to such data leaks. However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will take reasonable measures to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your information transmitted and any transmission is at your own risk. We therefore recommend the following precautions when corresponding with DLF, and in particular when being asked for confidential or personal information, or when dealing with any payment requests:


  • Always verify the sending address and make sure it says in the address and the headers of the email.

  • Ensure that any matter number or reference quoted corresponds with what is expected or has been known/verified in the past.

  • Confirm that logos / branding is consistent with previous correspondence.

  • Check to ensure that the bank details are correct.  Any changes to our bank details would always be officially communicated to you rather than simply changed on an invoice.

  • Be alert to any change in style or tone of an email.  If it seems out of character or inconsistent with the style or language of prior emails,  this may be an indication that the sender is someone other than the person you are accustomed to dealing with.

  • If unsure, always call DLF (at a known/confirmed number) for verification/assistance. Don’t simply use unvalidated phone numbers provided on the invoice, as those often ring to fraudulent phone systems where they’ll falsely validate bad account information.

We recommend you delete scam emails and do not reply to scam letters. If you need to check with us whether a communication is genuine, please contact us.

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