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Warning: Correspondence misusing the name of Gross & Curjel Solicitors

A faxed letter has been sent, claiming to relate to an inheritance matter, and falsely claiming to be from a partner at Gross & Curjel Solicitors.

What is the scam?

SRA has received a report that correspondence claiming to relate to an inheritance matter has been sent to a member of the public, falsely claiming to be from Gross & Curjel Solicitors.

correspondence seen by the SRA is a faxed letter that refers to an unclaimed “permanent life insurance policy” apparently worth US$20,950,77.00 - and states that the sender is trying to locate a missing relative/beneficiary. The letter asks the recipient, who has a similar surname to the supposedly deceased client, to make contact to claim a release of the life insurance.

The correspondence claims to be sent by ”David Curjel” and includes reference to an email address of “dc@gcsoli.com” and contact numbers of +44 7452273263 (telephone) and +44 1745 258057 (fax). The document seen by the SRA also misuses the name and address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

Any business or transactions in the terms set out above and claiming to be from “Gross & Curjel 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 Gross & Curjel, whose head office is at 15 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1AB.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no connection with the correspondence 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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