Warning: Emails misusing the name of David Battiscombe
1 February 2018
Emails have been sent, falsely claiming to be from David Battiscombe, in relation to an unclaimed inheritance.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to members of the public, falsely claiming to be from David Battiscombe. The emails ask the recipient to become "next of kin" to a previously unknown individual with the same surname as the recipient of the email.
The SRA has been informed that the emails have been sent from the email addresses “firstname.lastname@example.org” and “email@example.com”.
Any business or transactions through the email addresses above is 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 solicitor called David Battiscombe, who is a consultant at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.
The genuine David Battiscombe has confirmed that he has no connection to the emails referred to in the above 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.
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