Fraud and Scams
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, like many other global law firms, has been the target of a number of scams that use the name of the firm, its partners and staff in fraudulent email scams. These scams take many different forms and are subject to change. The purpose of these scams is typically to seek personal or confidential information from the recipient, to request a payment or debt settlement or both. Fake documents referring to the firm’s name and or its lawyers may be sent to the recipient in an attempt to entice them to perform as requested.
You should always exercise caution if you receive any unexpected or unusual communication which purports to come from the firm, or a member of the firm, and something does not feel quite right. The firm’s domain is "@freshfields.com" and we do not use any other variation of this. We are aware that there have been attempts to use domain names similar to ours to impersonate our lawyers and other employees. If you need to check with us whether a communication is genuine, please contact your usual contact at Freshfields or us on firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm before replying or taking further action.
We do not use Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo email addresses. We will not contact you or seek payment from you via messaging Apps such as WhatsApp. Any such communications purporting to be from the firm are likely to be scam attempts.
We recommend that you do not click on any links embedded in the email, do not reply to scam letters or emails and delete scam emails.
Regrettably we cannot prevent these emails or other communications from occurring in instances where they do not originate from, or pass through, the firm’s systems. We will however undertake all reasonable steps to identify those responsible and will report such scams to our regulatory authorities, when appropriate.
Lastly, if you think you have been the victim of a fraud, you can, of course, report the matter to the police at any time.