Alerts

Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from OTS Solicitors Ltd

11 August 2017

Emails have been sent to members of the public falsely claiming to be from OTS Solicitors Ltd in relation to an employment opportunity.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails falsely claiming to be from OTS Solicitors Ltd.

These emails contain an offer of employment as a nurse in countries including Sweden, Denmark, Canada and the UK. If the recipient responds, they then receive further emails. The SRA has seen one email asking the recipient to deposit money into a bank account. This bank account is falsely described as connected to OTS Solicitors.

A member of the public has also received an email containing a contract of employment which falsely claims to be drafted by OTS Solicitors. This contract of employment relates to work as a nurse for a person by the name of "David Belt".

The emails seen by the SRA have been sent from email addresses "otssolicitorslondon@gmail.com" and "david.belt@hotmail.com." The emails also provide a telephone number (also described as linked to a Whatsapp account) of "+447466385729".

The SRA does not authorise or regulate any solicitors called David Belt.

Any business or transactions carried out by "David Belt" or through the email addresses and telephone number above are not undertaken by a genuine solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

OTS Solicitors Ltd is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails and documents mentioned above.

What should I do?

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 practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.