scam warning

Scam Warning

Be aware that fraudsters may pose as someone from McCartan Turkington Breen with a view to scam you. The Law Society of Northern Ireland have advised its members that criminals are posing as solicitors and representatives of legal practices in order to commit fraud against members of the public.

Cybercrime targeting law firms and their clients is on the increase

We will never tell you of changes to our bank details by email nor will we accept notification of changes to your bank details by this method. It is your responsibility to check with the lawyer acting for you (by phone, post or in person) that you are using our correct bank details in order to avoid error, delay or fraud. We will not be held responsible for any liability arising out of funds being sent by any party to an incorrect bank account.

Call, Check and Confirm

The President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland said, “our message to the public, especially those involved in a property transaction, is simple – always call, check and confirm.” You can learn more about this Law Society of Northern Ireland guidance at Call, Check and Confirm.

Common scams deployed by fraudsters:

  • Conveyancing scams
  • Money laundering
  • Wills & probate scams
  • Investment scams
  • Personal injury claims scams
  • Blackmail
  • Phishing
  • Email interception

Are you suspicious of a communication?

If you are suspicious about contact that you received from us, you should consider the following:

  • All email addresses associated with McCartan Turkington Breen end with mtb-law.co.uk or fvh-law.ie (For example: [email protected])
  • If in any doubt about a caller claiming to be from McCartan Turkington Breen, take the caller’s name, end the call, contact us on 02890 329801 and ask for the person that called you by the name they gave you. Real McCartan Turkington Breen employees will not be insulted, inconvenienced or annoyed at you for doing so, nor will they attempt to convince you not to challenge them.

Educational resources and guidance

You can learn how to better protect yourself from fraud and scams by reading the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s guidance.  

The Northern Ireland government’s crime prevention initiative, Scamwise NI, is a rich resource the provides guidance on spotting, avoiding and reporting scams. It also provides up to date information on common scams. Visit NI Direct Scamwise to learn more.

Report your concerns

If you believe you have been contacted by a scammer you should contact the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on 101. If you believe you have been contacted by a scammer posing as someone from McCartan Turkington Breen, you should inform the PSNI and us on 02890 329801 or by email to [email protected].