Warning: Emails misusing the name of Alfred Newton Solicitors

Emails have been sent, claiming to relate to an inheritance matter, and falsely claiming to be from a partner at Alfred Newtown Solicitors.

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that emails claiming to relate to an inheritance matter have been sent to members of the public, falsely claiming to be from Alfred Newtown Solicitors.

The emails seen by the SRA refer to an unclaimed “estate of a deceased client”. The emails ask the recipient, who it seems has a similar surname to the supposedly deceased client, to confirm receipt of the email to be furnish with more detailed.

The emails claim to be sent by “Anthony Penman” and include reference to the email addresses “” “tonypenman@alfrednewtons” and a contact number of +44161-884-1065. The emails seen by the SRA also misuse the name of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

The SRA does authorise and regulate a solicitor called “” Anthony Penman” (see below).

Any business or transactions in the terms set out above and claiming to be from “Alfred Newtown Solicitors”, or through the email address or contact numbers 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 by the name of Alfred Newtown Solicitors, whose head office is at 43-51 Wellington Road South Stockport CHESHIRE SK1 3RX, England and their contact numbers are 01614806551 (telephone) and 0161 429 9316 (fax).

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Anthony Penman, who is a Senior partner at Alfred Newtown Solicitors. The two e-mail addresses above are not the genuine e-mail address for the genuine Anthony Penman.

Both the genuine firm Alfred Newtown Solicitors and the genuine Anthony Penman, have confirmed that they have no connection to the email 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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