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Warning: Correspondence from “Edmund & Co”

Faxed correspondence from “Edmund & Co” has been sent, in relation to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance.

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that a member of the public has received correspondence by fax from “Joseph Edmund”, who claims to be a partner at “Edmunds & Co”. The correspondence relates to an unclaimed inheritance of an individual, with the surname of the supposedly deceased individual appearing to match the recipient of the letter.

The correspondence misuses the name and postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors which has now ceased trading (see below) 

The correspondence seen by the SRA carries a stamp claiming that “Edmund & Co” are “Barristers and Solicitors”. The correspondence gives the following email addresses:

“info@edmundscollp.com”

“joemnd1995@gmail.com”

“joseph@edmundscollp.com”

It also provides the telephone numbers of “011 44 744 090 9337” / “+44 744 090 9337” and a fax number of “011 44 207 806 8315” 

There is also a website operating at “www.edmundscollp.com”

The SRA does not authorise or regulate an individual solicitor called “Joseph Edmund” or a firm called “Edmunds & Co.”

Any business or transactions conducted through” Edmunds & Co,” or the contact details set out above, 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 has previously authorised and regulated a genuine firm of solicitors called Edmunds & Co, who ceased trading on 7 July 2011.

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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