We have become aware that members of the public have been contacted by fraudsters purporting to be from Garden Court Chambers. The latest versions of these have included invoices, rubber ink stamps and seals which look official. The fraudsters may also use email addresses with names of Garden Court barristers in connection with Natwest Bank London or Halifax Bank.
If you receive an email purporting to be from Garden Court Chambers asking for personal details or bank details, you should delete this. Nobody from Garden Court Chambers will ever contact members of the public asking for these details, and neither would they be working in partnership with anybody who would. You may also be able to report the matter to your email provider. For example in Hotmail, you can click "Mark as Phishing Scam"
For more detailed information on this type of scam see the section entitled "Fraud Alert - 419 Fraud" on the Metropolitan Police's page providing advice on how to deal with scam emails.
Under no circumstances should you reply to a bogus email of this kind or attempt to contact any phone numbers the fraudsters supply.
If you have lost money to a scam like this, you should report it to Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting centre run by the government. Everyone who makes a fraud report to them receives a crime reference number and their case is passed over to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) run by City of London Police.
We have also received a number of email scams regarding payments being made, in connection with Garden Court barristers.
Please do not reply to these emails and under no circumstances make payments. Garden Court Chambers accepts no liability arising from payments made in these circumstances.