Scam Alert Round up 11th July

Here are the latest scam alerts as issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Unclaimed inheritance emails claiming to be from “Philip Ross & Co Solicitors”

The SRA say members of the public have reported receiving emails claiming to be from a “Hon. Barr. Philip Ross (Esq.)” at “Philip Ross & Co Solicitors” looking for recipients to pay them money in advance of receiving an inheritance. The emails list the address 34 Queen Ann Street London, telephone +447517408496 and email addresses: “[email protected]” and “[email protected]”.

Although Philip Ross & Co is a genuine firm located at that address, Philip Ross & Co Solicitors are not. The genuine firm say they are not connected with these emails and do not employ anyone by the name of Philip Ross.

Lease agreements bearing the stamp of “Richardson & Co Solicitors”

A member of the public has received a lease agreement apparently endorsed with a stamp from “Richardson & Co Solicitors”. The SRA currently regulate no such firm.

A genuine Leeds based firm by the name of Richardson & Co Solicitors LLP closed in November 2013.

What to do

The SRA say when a firm’s or individual’s identity has been copied exactly (or cloned), due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firm(s) or individual(s), or information of a similar nature to that described, you should conduct your own due diligence by checking the authenticity of the correspondence by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means.

You can contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual’s or firm’s practicing details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.

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