Alerts

Warning: Email from "Moorcroft Solicitors"

16 June 2017

An email has been sent claiming to be from "Moorcroft Solicitors" in respect of a road traffic accident.

What is the scam?

An email has been sent claiming to be from "Moorcroft Solicitors".

The email seen by the SRA was sent to an insurance company, and claimed to have an attached "engineer's report" in respect of a road traffic accident.

The email was sent from "piclaims@moorcroftsolicitors.com". The email includes the address 132-134 Great Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6DE and the telephone number (+44)-(0)-844-0328.

The footer of the email also refers to the website "www.moorcroftsolicitors.com". However, the domain is "under development".

The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm called "Moorcroft Solicitors". Therefore any business or transactions through "Moorcroft Solicitors" or through the website, email address and telephone number 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 firm called Moorcrofts LLP. The genuine Moorcrofts LLP is based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. The genuine telephone number is 01628 470 000 and the genuine website is www.moorcrofts.com.

The genuine Moorcrofts LLP, has confirmed that it has no connection to the email or contact details referred to above. The genuine Moorcrofts LLP only carries out corporate, commercial, technology, IP, employment, share scheme and commercial property work.

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.