Warning: Correspondence from"Rayman & Rayman Chambers"

17 November 2017

A letter purporting to be sent by "Rayman & Rayman Chambers" has been sent to a member of the public in relation to the acceptance of a donation of £1,000,000.

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that a letter entitled "Acceptance Letter" and headed "Rayman & Rayman Chambers" has been sent to a member of the public in Belgium.

The letter contains and misuses the address of a genuine firm of solicitors, Raydens Solicitors (see below). The telephone number stated in the letter is +447937469584 and the fax number is +1-707-667-0372.

The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm by the name of "Rayman & Rayman Chambers". Any business or transactions through the telephone number +447937469584 and the fax number +1-707-667-0372 are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Raydens Ltd TA Raydens Solicitors is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Raydens Ltd TA Raydens Solicitors has its genuine head office at 32-34 Upper Marlborough Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3UU. The genuine telephone number used by the firm is 01727 734260 and the fax number is 01727 734279.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it does not have any connection to the letter sent or "Rayman & Rayman Chambers" 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.