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Warning: Correspondence misusing the name of Brown Rudnick LLP

Faxed letters and emails have been sent referring to an unclaimed inheritance, misusing the name Brown Rudnick LLP.  

What is the scam?

The SRA has received information that several members of the public have received letters sent by fax or email, falsely claiming to be from "Barr. Brown Rudnick BA (distinction) J.D" of the firm Brown Rudnick LLP. The letters relates to an unclaimed inheritance of a previously unknown individual.

A letter seen by the SRA states that "Brown Rudnick ESQ" is a lawyer dealing with the estate of the individual, who shares the same surname as the recipient of the letter. The letter states that the deceased client has left an estate of 14,950,777 euros.

The email seen by the SRA was sent from the email address of brownrundickba1@gmail.com.

The letters seen by the SRA were sent from the fax number of 44 208 0684 938.

The correspondence also gives an email address of "br@brdip.com", a website of www.brdlip.com, telephone numbers of 00 44 208 0892 591, 00 44 208 0892 and 00 44 208 0892 891 and the fax numbers of 00 44 208 0684 938 and 00 44 208 0084 038. The correspondence also appears to use the address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

The SRA has also been informed that the website address referred to above is a link to a website cloned from the website of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

Any business or transactions conducted through the contact details above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Brown Rudnick LLP is a genuine firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.

The genuine firm has a genuine address of 8 Clifford Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2Q. The genuine firm's telephone number is 020 7851 6000 and its genuine fax number is 020 7851 6100. The firm's genuine email address ends in the suffix of "@brownrudnick.com" and its genuine website address is www.brownrudnick.com.

Brown Rudnick LLP confirm that it has no connection to the emails referred to above, nor does it employ anyone with the name Brown Rudnick.

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.

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