Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

8 September 2017

An email regarding supposedly unclaimed money has been sent, falsely claiming to be from Neil Swift of "Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP UK".

What is the scam?

An email has been sent to a member of the public, falsely claiming to be from Neil Swift of "Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP UK". The email states that Mr Swift is the personal attorney of a deceased client who shared the same surname as the recipient of the email. The email concerns a supposedly unclaimed £5million compensation received by the deceased client and is headed "Business Proposal".

The email seen by the SRA was sent via a messaging/ scheduling service in the name of "Barr Neil Swift" ("barr.swiftoffice@post.com") and states that responses should be sent to "neilswiftqc@gmail.com".

Any business or transactions carried out through the email addresses of barr.swiftoffice@post.com and neilswiftqc@gmail.com are not undertaken by a genuine solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Neil Swift, who is a partner/member at the genuine firm of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.

Both the genuine firm and the genuine Mr Swift 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.