Warning: Faxes and website misusing the name of BLM
18 September 2017
Faxes have been sent and a website is operating misusing the details of BLM.
What is the scam?
Faxes have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Jonathan Cole" of "BLM Partners LLP". These faxes are regarding a business proposal.
The faxes ask the recipient to contact the sender on email addresses "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com".
The faxes also provide a telephone number of "+44 203 355 6380" and misuse a branch address of the genuine firm (see below).
In support of these emails and faxes, a website is operating at www.blmpartllp.com. This is a copy of the genuine firm's website (see below), but with the addition of a profile for "Jonathan Cole".
Any business or transactions carried out through the telephone number or email addresses above are not undertaken by a genuine solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP (trading as BLM) is a genuine firm authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm have a branch office at 4th Floor, St Thomas Court, Bristol, BS1 6JG. The genuine firm's genuine website is www.blmlaw.com.
The SRA authorises and regulates several solicitors called Jonathan Cole, none of whom are believed to have any connection to the emails and faxes above.
The genuine firm have confirmed that they have no connection to the email 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.