Weekly fraud roundup
Here are the most recent scam alerts issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Website for “Rowlands Solicitors”
A website is claiming to represent “Rowlands Solicitors” and “The Trustworthy Solicitors”, rowlands-solicitors.co.uk. However the SRA state they do not authorise or regulate any firm by either name. The website lists the telephone number 01962 844 632 which connects to Dutton Gregory LLP, who are a genuine firm, but the address the website lists is not connected with any firm.
Man falsely claiming to be a Solicitor.
The SRA say they have been informed that a man by the name of “Paul Anthony Casini” is claiming to be a UK qualified solicitor now practicing in Ukraine. The SRA does not authorise or regulate any such person.
Emails misusing the name of “Bates Solicitors”.
A member of the public has reported receiving several emails from a man calling himself “Robert D Olivo” who claims he works at Bates Solicitors. The email also offers service from an address in Cumbernaul, Scotland and a mobile phone.
While Bates Solicitors Ltd is a genuine firm based in London, they say they do not employ anyone under that name. The SRA also state they do not authorise or regulate anyone by the name of Robert D Olivo.
Website for “Michael Mofus Solicitors”
A website claiming to represent a Michael Mofus Solicitors is operating at michaelmofussolicitors.co.uk. The website also lists the details of several genuine and unconnected solicitors as its own.
A firm by that name did exist but according to the SRA closed on 14th August 2009.
What to do.
When a firm’s or individual’s identity has been copied or cloned, due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firms or individuals, 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 practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records may be required in other circumstances.