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Warning: Emails misusing the name of Bowers Solicitors

Emails have been sent from “Raymond Bowers”, falsely claiming to be from Bowers Solicitors and referring to attached documentation.

What is the scam?

Emails have been sent, falsely claiming to be from “Raymond Bowers” of Bowers Solicitors. The email seen by the SRA is headed “Subject to Contract” and refers the recipient to attached documentation, supposedly in relation to a property transaction.

A concern is that the attachment may contain a virus or malware if opened.

The email appears to have been sent from “raymond@bowers-solicitor.com”. This email address is very similar to the email address of a genuine solicitor (removing only one letter “s” from the word “solicitors” - see below). The email also misuses the name, telephone number, fax number and address of a genuine firm (see below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor called “Raymond Bowers”.

Any business or transactions through the exact email address set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Bowers (which trades as Bowers Solicitors). The genuine address for the genuine firm is 172-174 Granville Road London NW2 2LD and their contact numbers are 020 8455 9881 (telephone) and 020 8455 6658 (fax)

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Raymond Esdaile, who is a partner at Bowers. The genuine email address for Raymond Esdaile is raymond@bowers-solicitors.com

Both the genuine firm Bowers and the genuine Raymond Esdaile, 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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