Warning: "Acosta Solicitors LLP"
21 February 2018
Letters have been sent to members of the public, which falsely claim to be from "Thiago F. Acosta" of "Acosta Solicitors LLP".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that letters have been sent to members of the public, regarding an unclaimed inheritance, which falsely claim to be from "Thiago F. Acosta" of "Acosta Solicitors LLP".
A copy letter seen by the SRA refer to an unclaimed inheritance worth US$10,950.777, from the estate of someone with the same surname as the recipient of the letter.
The letters also provide the email addresses of email@example.com and “Thiago.firstname.lastname@example.org”, a telephone number of 011 44 744 094 2401, a fax number of + (44) 1212 275 016 and postal address of 185-186 Edgware Road, London, WS 2DS.
The letter also includes a reference to a website www.acostalollp.com. The website www.acostalollp.com is not a website for a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA. The website www.acostalollp.com misuses the names of several genuine solicitors, (see below).
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors named Acosta Solicitors LLP, nor does it authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor named Thiago F. Acosta.
Any business or transactions through the email addresses, website or telephone number referred to 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 website www.acostalollp.com misuses the names of several genuine solicitors who are authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine solicitors are employed at the genuine firm of Hughmans Solicitors.
The genuine firm of Hughmans Solicitors have confirmed that neither they nor any or their employees have any connection to the letters or website 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.