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    • LuckyG
    • By LuckyG 17th Jul 17, 10:10 AM
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    Transferring deposit to solicitor
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:10 AM
    Transferring deposit to solicitor 17th Jul 17 at 10:10 AM
    Today is the day I empty my bank account

    I've realised that there is no account number on my completion statement, just a reference number.

    My solicitor has told me to take this into the bank and they'll know what to do. Is this standard?
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    • leespot
    • By leespot 17th Jul 17, 10:27 AM
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    I wouldn't be sending anything based on that information. Tell the solicitor the same, and insist on the details from them.
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 17th Jul 17, 10:31 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:31 AM
    It's not clear what information you have, but as a minimum you'll need the sort code and account number for your solicitors' client account. I suggest you phone your solicitors to clarify before having a wasted trip to the bank.
    • LuckyG
    • By LuckyG 17th Jul 17, 10:36 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:36 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:36 AM
    Thank you, I've just phoned and got the sort code and account number.

    It was a communication issue, my solicitor thought I'd received everything I needed in the post with the completion statement.
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 17th Jul 17, 10:37 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:37 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:37 AM
    Thank you, I've just phoned and got the sort code and account number.

    It was a communication issue, my solicitor thought I'd received everything I needed in the post with the completion statement.
    Originally posted by LuckyG
    Did they email you the SC & account number or did you get it over the phone?
    • LuckyG
    • By LuckyG 17th Jul 17, 10:45 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:45 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:45 AM
    Did they email you the SC & account number or did you get it over the phone?
    Originally posted by Oakdene
    Over the phone
    • leespot
    • By leespot 17th Jul 17, 10:47 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:47 AM
    Over the phone
    Originally posted by LuckyG
    Please get the info in an email before making the transfer.
    • aneary
    • By aneary 17th Jul 17, 10:48 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:48 AM
    Please get the info in an email before making the transfer.
    Originally posted by leespot
    Some solicitors won't give the details over email, mine won't you may need to pop into the solicitors if you can.
    • LuckyG
    • By LuckyG 17th Jul 17, 10:50 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:50 AM
    Please get the info in an email before making the transfer.
    Originally posted by leespot
    They won't send any information like that in an email.
    • LuckyG
    • By LuckyG 17th Jul 17, 10:50 AM
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    Some solicitors won't give the details over email, mine won't you may need to pop into the solicitors if you can.
    Originally posted by aneary
    They've provided the details over the phone
    • leespot
    • By leespot 17th Jul 17, 10:54 AM
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    They won't send any information like that in an email.
    Originally posted by LuckyG
    It depends on the solicitor, mine communicated mostly by email, including for this part of the purchase.

    You need the information in writing from them.
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 17th Jul 17, 10:55 AM
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    They won't send any information like that in an email.
    Originally posted by LuckyG
    Ask them to write the details on a sheet of headed paper then email a scan of that as an attachment.
    • aneary
    • By aneary 17th Jul 17, 10:58 AM
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    Ask them to write the details on a sheet of headed paper then email a scan of that as an attachment.
    Originally posted by Oakdene
    I don't think you are not understanding the point of emailing those sorts of details, a lot of solicitors won't!

    A lot still use fax machines.
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 17th Jul 17, 10:58 AM
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    Ask them to write the details on a sheet of headed paper then email a scan of that as an attachment.
    Originally posted by Oakdene
    Many firms have become much more paranoid about email security. Sending it as an attachment doesn't really add much, but there are other solutions (such as logging into a secure web site).
    • LuckyG
    • By LuckyG 17th Jul 17, 11:04 AM
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    I spoke to my solicitor, she gave me the details over the phone. It was clear and I read them back to her.

    Will I need to actually go to my solicitors office to get them?
    • DumbMuscle
    • By DumbMuscle 17th Jul 17, 11:07 AM
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    I spoke to my solicitor, she gave me the details over the phone. It was clear and I read them back to her.

    Will I need to actually go to my solicitors office to get them?
    Originally posted by LuckyG
    Having them in writing from the solicitor means it's very clear who screwed up if the details are wrong (and passing them to the bank teller in writing is always a good idea!). 99% of the time, you'll be OK - and you could always just email to say "I have your bank details as X - just wanted to check this was correct?"
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 17th Jul 17, 11:08 AM
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    I spoke to my solicitor, she gave me the details over the phone. It was clear and I read them back to her.

    Will I need to actually go to my solicitors office to get them?
    Originally posted by LuckyG
    No, you don't need to, but in the event of any dispute it's useful to have a record of what details they had given to you.
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 17th Jul 17, 11:08 AM
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    I don't think you are not understanding the point of emailing those sorts of details, a lot of solicitors won't!

    A lot still use fax machines.
    Originally posted by aneary
    I do understand that however I wouldnt pay money into an account given over the phone...
    • eddddy
    • By eddddy 17th Jul 17, 11:11 AM
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    I spoke to my solicitor, she gave me the details over the phone. It was clear and I read them back to her.

    Will I need to actually go to my solicitors office to get them?
    Originally posted by LuckyG
    As long as you are sure that you were genuinely speaking to your solicitor's office (e.g. on a number you have spoken to them on before), that should be fine.

    Frauds arise when scammers send emails (or potentially send letters, or phone you) pretending to be from your solicitors, and providing you with a sort code and account number.

    And the sort code and account number belong to the fraudster's account, rather than your solicitor's account.


    I guess the absolute safest bet is receive the sort code and account number in writing (by email or letter), and then phone the solicitor to confirm it.
    • aneary
    • By aneary 17th Jul 17, 11:15 AM
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    When you go into the bank and transfer the money you can check the account details belong to the solicitor.

    When I set up standing orders with barclays once I type in the account number if it's a business account it often comes up with the name of the business and the correct format for reference numbers.
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