Alerts

Warning: Telephone calls and Emails misusing the name of Maurice Andrews Solicitors Limited

10 October 2017

Members of the public have received telephone calls and emails falsely claiming to be from representatives of Maurice Andrews Solicitors Limited.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that the calls to members of the public relate to payments concerning timeshare properties. It appears that the telephone calls are made from the telephone number of 0121 374 0203 and are followed by emails being sent to the recipients of the telephone call.

A copy email seen by the SRA is sent from the email address of “mauriceandrews@consultant.com”, and is sent in the name of Maurice Andrews Solicitors Ltd, and misuses the name, contact details and companies house number of a genuine firm (see below).

The email is sent in the name of Legal Secretary, Jessica Davids and suggests that a call will be made from a George Andrerson.

Any business or transactions conducted through the telephone number of 0121 374 0203 and email address of “Mauriceandrews@consultant.com” are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and relate a genuine firm called Maurice Andrews Solicitors Limited. The firm has an office address of 182 Soho Hill, Birmingham, B19 1AG.The firm’s genuine email address is mauriceandrews@mauriceandrewsandpartners.co.uk and its genuine telephone number is 0121 554 4900.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no connection with the telephone calls or emails referred to in the above warning. The firm has also confirmed that it does not employ an individual by the name of George Andrerson or Jessica Davids, and neither does the SRA authorise or regulate any individuals called George Andrerson or Jessica Davids.

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.