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There are a number of illegal scams in operation where the Clifford Chance name and/or the names of our lawyers are being abused.

August 2018

The Clifford Chance name and sometimes the names of individual lawyers within our firm have been used in various fraudulent scam emails, letters and phone calls. These communications typically seek to attract 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 are sent to the victim.

Common themes include:

  • 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
  • contracts purporting to be drafted by us regarding Middle Eastern business sales 
  • use of our US telephone numbers by fake credit consolidators
  • offers of internships after payment of an 'administrative fee'

We are not involved in these transactions. 

This is not an exhaustive list of scams. New ones are being invented all the time. Please act cautiously 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 often wait until the victim has responded.

Please note that this firm and its lawyers have no involvement in these or any other scams. Our name is being used in an unauthorised and illegal way. Note that we do not use gmail, hotmail or yahoo addresses. We also do not use email addresses such as

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.