Alerts

Warning: Fax misusing the details of Harvey Associates

4 September 2017

 A fax has been sent falsely claiming to be from "Barr. Richard George Harvey" at "RG Harvey LLC".

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a fax has been sent falsely claiming to be from "Barr. Richard George Harvey (Esq.)" and "Josh Latham, Partner" at "RG Harvey LLC".

The fax relates to an "permanent unclaimed life insurance policy" of a deceased individual with the same surname as the recipient of the fax.

The fax provides a telephone number of "011 44 20 35148052" and an email address of "rgharveyllc@gmail.com". The fax also misuses the address and logo of a genuine firm (see below).

The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm called "RG Harvey LLC" nor does it authorise and regulate a solicitor named "Josh Latham" or "Richard George Harvey" (see below).

Any business or transactions through "RG Harvey LLC", "Josh Latham", "Richard George Harvey", via the email address "rgharveyllc@gmail.com" or telephone number "011 44 20 35148052" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Harvey Associates Ltd (trading as Harvey Associates) is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm's genuine address is Portland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5RS.

The SRA authorises and regulates several solicitors named Richard Harvey, none of whom are believed to have any connection to the fax referred to above.

The genuine firm Harvey Associates have confirmed that they have no connection to the fax referred to above.

The firm has posted a warning about hoax communications on its website.

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.