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Warning: Emails misusing the name of Philip Bilney

Several emails have been sent, falsely claiming to be from Philip Bilney of Cripps LLP. The emails relate to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that several emails have been sent to members of the public, falsely claiming to be from Philip Bilney of Cripps LLP. The emails relate to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance of an unknown individual. The name of the deceased is tailored to match the recipient. 

The emails seen by the SRA appear to have been sent by “Philip Bilney” from the email address “philipBilney@hotmail.com” 

The emails provide the genuine postal address and website address for a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

Any business or transactions through the email address “philipBilney@hotmail.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 Philip Bilney who is an Associate Solicitor at Cripps LLP, a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. 

The genuine email address for Philip Bilney is phil.bilney@cripps.co.uk

Both the genuine firm Cripps LLP and the genuine Philip Bilney have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails 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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