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Hello and thank you for your question.
Yes it certainly sounds like a scam for a number of reasons.
- People do not usually required to be paid money in advance in order to pay a refund. That just doesn't make sense.
- If it was a refund of bank fees, then the bank would likely arrange the refund itself, not through a solicitor.
- If the refund is legitimate, your bank should know all about it.
I suggest you refer the matter to Scamwatch which is a government service which keeps track of scams and which may have knowledge of this particular scam.
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