Land Registry has warned that some customers, including solicitors, have recently received fake or ‘phishing’ emails claiming to be requisitions or replies to requisitions from Land Registry.

Bogus emails often have an attachment containing a computer virus. If you open the attachment, software within the virus can steal sensitive data stored on your computer. To avoid this, Land Registry has advised that customers check the sender address (all genuine requisition emails come from a Land Registry office email ending in .gov.uk). If you’re unsure whether the email you’ve received is genuine, do not follow any links, open any attachments, disclose any personal details or respond to the email.

If you receive a phishing email, forward it to phishing@landregistry.gsi.gov.uk and then delete it. Land Registry does not respond to any emails forwarded to this address, but will examine them carefully.