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Warning: Email misusing the name of David Maddock

An email has been sent, falsely claiming to be from David Maddock of Clarke Willmott LLP. The email relates to a supposed unclaimed inheritance.  

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent to a member of the public, falsely claiming to be from David Maddock of Clarke Willmott LLP. The email relates to a supposed unclaimed inheritance of an unknown individual. The name of the deceased is tailored to match the recipient.

The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent by “David Maddock Partner, Clark Willmott United Kingdom” from an email address “davidmaddock.cwlaw@gmail.com” 

The email misuses the name of a genuine solicitor and a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

Any business or transactions through the email address “davidmaddock.cwlaw@gmail.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 authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called David Maddock who is a Partner at Clarke Willmott LLP, a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA.

The genuine email address for David Maddock is david.maddock@clarkewillmott.com. 

Both the genuine firm Clarke Willmott LLP and genuine David Maddock have confirmed that they have no connection to the email 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.

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