Alerts

Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from Easthams Solicitors Limited

12 September 2017

Members of the public have received emails falsely claiming to be from Julia Rutter of Easthams Solicitors Limited, regarding personal injury claims.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails falsely claiming to be from Julia Rutter of Easthams Solicitors Limited. The emails are in relation to personal injury claims.

The emails seen by the SRA have been sent from the email address "injuryclaimsdepartmentuk@gmail.com". An initial false email misuses a genuine email footer from the genuine firm, and within that provides genuine contact details of a genuine firm of solicitors and one of their employees (see below). A subsequent email also provided telephone numbers 0161 870 2551 and 07548 369 189.

Any business or transactions through the email address "injuryclaimsdepartmentuk@gmail.com" and the telephone numbers 0161 870 2551 and 07548 369 189, are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Easthams Solicitors Limited is a genuine firm that is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The office of the genuine Easthams Solicitors Limited is based at Continental House, 292-302 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3QA and their fax number for that office is 0844 855 4405.

The genuine firm have confirmed they have a genuine employee named Julia Rutter, whose direct office contact details were also misused in the emails referred to above, who has confirmed she has no connection to the emails.

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.