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Warning: Letters misusing the name “Raymond Saul Solicitors“- and the website “www.rsaulsolicitors.com”

A faxed letter has been sent, claiming to relate to an inheritance matter and falsely claiming to be from Raymond Saul of Raymond Saul Solicitors.

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that a letter claiming to relate to an inheritance matter has been sent to a member of the public, falsely claiming to be from Raymond Saul Solicitors.

The correspondence seen by the SRA is a faxed letter that refers to unclaimed “assets” apparently worth €5,950,777, and states that the sender is trying to locate a missing relative/beneficiary. The letter asks the recipient, who it seems has a similar surname to the supposedly deceased client, to make contact regarding the supposed “assets”.

The correspondence claims to be sent by ”Barr. Dr Raymond Saul B.A.” and includes reference to email addresses of info@rsaulsolicitors.com and rs@rsaulsolicitors.com, and contact numbers of +00442080892591 (telephone) and 00442039052491 (fax). The emails seen by the SRA also misuse the name and address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

The SRA also understands that a website is operating from the address of “www.rsaulsolicitors.com”. This website appears to have misused information and names of people from the website of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below), but has changed the contact numbers and email addresses to mirror those used in the letter referred to above, i.e. 020 8089 2591 (telephone), 020 3905 2491 (fax) and “info@rsaulsolicitors.com”.

Any business or transactions claiming to be from “Raymond Saul Solicitors” through the email addresses, contact numbers or website mentioned above, are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Raymond Saul & Co LLP (which trades as Raymond Saul Solicitors), whose head office is at 17-19 Alie Street, London E1 8DA, England.

The genuine contact numbers for the genuine firm are 020 7480 5840 (telephone) and 020 7480 7865 (fax). Their genuine website address is “www.rslaw.co.uk” and the firm’s general email address is “info@rslaw.co.uk”.

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Raymond Saul, who is a partner in the firm Raymond Saul & Co LLP. The genuine email for Raymond Saul is raymond@rslaw.co.uk

The genuine firm have confirmed that neither the firm, the genuine Raymond Saul or any of their other genuine solicitors or staff have any connection with the correspondence or website referred to in the above alert.

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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