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Moving Home? Here's how to protect yourself against conveyancing scams

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A recent case highlighted in The Guardian will serve as a timely reminder (to house movers and conveyancing solicitors alike) of the growing problem of conveyancing scams.

In the case highlighted by the Guardian, emails were hacked which led to deposit funds being sent to the wrong bank account.

If you’re in the process of moving house, check the bank details of your solicitor over the phone – it’s best not to rely on emails for this.

If in doubt, consider sending a small amount to your solicitors’ bank account first and then check this has been received before authorising larger sums.

When calling your solicitor, make sure you use the number quoted on their website - you can also check their number on the Law Society web site.

Finally if you’re asked to send funds to an account you’ve not sent to before as part of your purchase, don’t be afraid to ask why.

For more information or help moving home, call Kevin Britton at our Halifax office on 01422 339622 or contact any of our specialist conveyancing teams in Halifax, Huddersfield and Brighouse.

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