Debbie Phillip from Banstead Solicitors Cuff and Gough gives us her comments on what happened – and how hopefully it should never happen to you.
"In this climate of ever increasing fraud and in view of the recent case of a fraudulent sale in Fulham widely reported in the press this weekend, we would urge anyone buying or selling a property to use their well known, local firm of Solicitors accredited to the Law Society Quality Conveyancers Scheme.
We all work to strict criteria as to checking our clients ID and would always wish to see our clients in person to verify who we are dealing with.
Don’t shop online for a cheap quote ! This is most likely the biggest financial transaction you will carry out and in the wrong hands could expose you to a very expensive loss."