Warning: Letters misusing the name "Morgan Elis Solicitors"
1 February 2018
Letters have been sent, claiming to relate to an inheritance matter and falsely claiming to be from "Morgan Elis Solicitors".
What is the scam?
The SRA has received a report that letters claiming to relate to an inheritance matter have been sent to members of the public in the USA, falsely claiming to be from "Morgan Elis Solicitors”.
The letters refer to a global probate enquiry and state that the sender is trying to locate missing beneficiaries. The letters ask the recipient to make contact to claim a supposed release of inheritance monies.
The letters seen also contain the genuine website and telephone contact details of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through the letters set out 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?
Morgan Elis Limited is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Morgan Elis Limited has its genuine head office at 14 Mansel Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1QX. Its genuine telephone number is 01267 600321. Its genuine website is www.morganelis.co.uk and its genuine email address is email@example.com.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it does not have any genuine or intended connection with the letters 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.