Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name and address of Burges Salmon LLP

Emails have been sent regarding a supposed inheritance, which falsely claim to be from John Barnett of Burges Salmon LLP.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent which falsely claim to be from John Barnett of Burges Salmon LLP.

The emails seen by the SRA refer to a person having passed away and suggest that the reader is a member of the deceased's family. The email tells the reader that that there is an unclaimed inheritance / abandoned investment and invites contact.

The emails seen by the SRA have been sent from the email address “johnibarnett@hotmail.com”.

The email seen by the SRA misuses the address of a genuine firm.

Any business or transactions through the email address or telephone numbers listed above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Update – 13 June 2018

The SRA has received a further report that further emails like those mentioned above have been recently sent to a member of the public, but from a slightly different email address.

The latest email seen by the SRA again falsely claims to have been sent by John Barnett of Burges Salmon LLP – but was sent from the email address “johnibarnet@hotmail.com”

Any business or transactions through the email address set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Update – 25 April 2018

The SRA has received a further report that emails are being sent misusing the name and address of Burges Salmon LLP.

The latest emails and content appear to mirror the reported alert above.

Any business or transactions through the email address “johnibarnett@hotmail.com” are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Burges Salmon LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm has a branch office address at 6 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF.

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called John Barnett, who is a partner at the genuine firm, Burges Salmon LLP. The genuine John Barnett's email address is “John.Barnett@burges-salmon.com”.

Both the genuine John Barnett of Burges Salmon LLP and the genuine firm have confirmed 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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