Warning: Misuse of the details of Alpine Law Limited
23 February 2018
Letters have been sent regarding an unclaimed inheritance, which falsely claim to be from "Stuart Bennett" of "Alpine Law Solicitors Limited".
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 "Stuart Bennett" of "Alpine Law Solicitors Ltd".
A copy letter seen by the SRA refers to an unclaimed inheritance worth nine million and five hundred thousand pounds, from the estate of someone with the same surname as the recipient of the letter.
The letter seen by the SRA provides the postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The letter also provides an email address of “firstname.lastname@example.org,” a telephone number of +(44) 168-966-9655 and a fax number of + (44) 168-966-9659. The letters also include a reference to a website “www.alpinelawsolicitor.com”.
The bogus website “www.alpinelawsolicitor.com,” misuses the details of 3 genuine authorised and regulated solicitors, Tim Culpin, Mark Briegal and Jamieson Plummer.
Any business or transactions through the email address, 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 SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Alpine Law Limited.
The genuine firm has an office address at 23 Paddock Close, Farnborough, Orpington, Kent BR6 7TL.
The genuine contact telephone number for Alpine Law Limited is 03330 142568 and its genuine website address is www.alpinelaw.co.uk.
An individual named Clive Stuart Bennett is a shareholder of the genuine firm of Alpine Law Limited.
The SRA does authorise and regulate the solicitors, Tim Culpin and Mark Briegal, and they are both solicitors and partners at the genuine firm of Aaron and Partners LLP. The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine individual named Jamieson Plummer, who is a solicitor at the genuine firm of ACT Solicitors.
The genuine firm and the genuine solicitors referred to above have all confirmed that they have no connection to either the inheritance letters or bogus website referred to within this alert.
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.