Alerts

Warning: Emails from "Edwin Coe Esq" / "Coe Assosciates Law Firm"

23 November 2017

Emails have been sent using the names "Edwin Coe Esq" and "Coe Associates Law Firm", relating to the supposed transfer of an investment.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails claiming to be from "Edwin Coe Esq, Attorney At Law" have been sent to a member of the public.

The emails seen by the SRA refer to the supposed transfer of an investment and appear as if sent from "Coe Associates Law Firm", but were in fact sent from the email address "legalsolicitor@legislator.com". The email also suggests that it is sent from "International Litigation & Legal Affairs Law Firm" and gives a telephone number of "+447700016918".

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "International Litigation & Legal Affairs Law Firm" or "Coe Associates Law Firm", nor does it authorise or regulate an individual solicitor called "Edwin Coe Esq" (but see below in relation to a genuine firm).

Any business or transactions through "International Litigation & Legal Affairs Law Firm" or "Coe Associates Law Firm", the email address "legalsolicitor@legislator.com" or the telephone number +447700016918 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 firm called Edwin Coe LLP, who have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails 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.