Alerts

Warning: Emails and website misusing the details of Peter Kandler

19 June 2017

Emails regarding an unclaimed inheritance, falsely claiming to be from "Peter Kandler" of "Peter Kandler & Co", have been sent to a member of the public.

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report from a member of the public that they have received emails regarding an unclaimed inheritance, which falsely claim to be from "Peter Kandler" of the firm "Peter Kandler & Co".

The emails seen by the SRA concern the distribution of a fund amounting to £17.5 million. The recipient is asked to contact and make a payment to someone claiming to be Peter Kandler, who is described as an advocate and Senior Partner of "Peter Kandler & Co".

The emails seen by the SRA were sent from the email addresses of: "peterkandler@hotmail.com" and "lawfirm@peterkandler.com", and provide contact telephone numbers of " +44 (0)33 3022 0887 and +44 (0)203 000 7960.

The telephone number "033 3022 0887" is currently also used on the website "www.peterkandler.co.uk", which falsely claims to be for a law firm based in London, W10 5PR.

Any business or transactions through the email addresses "peterkandler@hotmail.com" or "lawfirm@peterkandler.com"; the telephone numbers "+44 (0)33 3022 0887" or "+44 (0)203 000 7960"; or the website "www.peterkandler.co.uk" 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 named Mr Peter Kandler.

The genuine Mr Peter Kandler previously practised as "Peter Kandler & Co" from offices in London, W10 5PR, but the firm of "Peter Kandler & Co" has been closed for several years.

The genuine Peter Kandler has confirmed that he has no connection to the emails or website referred to 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.