Fraud is becoming an increasingly significant issue and is now one of the most commonly experienced crimes in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics’ crime survey, there was an estimated 3.3 million cases of fraud in the year ending June 2018. This high figure captures a broad range of fraud offences, including lower-harm cases. But fraud can have very significant impacts, particularly as the value of the scam increases. Property fraud is a real threat that buyers, sellers and solicitors need to be aware of to help ward-off would-be fraudsters.
When you instruct a solicitor you will be asked to come into the office or go to a local solicitor to provide your identification documents. These are usually your photo-card driving licence or passport, and a bank statement or utility bill, not more than three months old, showing your name and address. If you are selling a property that you do not live in we will ask you for another form of address ID connecting you to the property, such as the buildings insurance or service charge invoice.