Warning: Faxes falsely claiming to be from "Craig Partners LLP"

Faxes have been sent falsely claiming to be from Craig Partners LLP, in relation to an unclaimed inheritance.

What is the scam?

Faxes have been sent to members of the public, which falsely misuse the name of a genuine solicitor and the name and address of a genuine firm (see below). 

The correspondence seen by the SRA relates to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance from a deceased individual with an identical surname as the recipient of the correspondence. The correspondence states it is from "Robert Smith ESQ, B.A J.D" purportedly from the firm "Craig Partners LLP" and misuses the postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). The correspondence was sent by facsimile transmission from the number "+442037691716" and provides a telephone number of "+447440933643" / "011 44 744 093 3643". 

The fax also gives the email addresses, and robertsmith.cp15@gmail,com. It also gives the website 

Any business or transactions through "Robert Smith ESQ, B.A J.D" and "Craig Partners LLP", or the email addresses and telephone numbers listed above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Robert Smith, who is an associate in the genuine firm of Craig Solicitors (a trading name of Melanie Craig Solicitor). The genuine firm's head office is at 74 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BJ. Their genuine website address is

Both the genuine solicitor and the genuine firm have confirmed that they do not have any connection with the correspondence referred to in the above alert. The genuine firm have also issued an alert on their own website informing members of the public about the correspondence referred to above.

The firm has posted a warning about hoax communications on its website.

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.

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