Warning: "Tony Roland & Partners"
23 February 2018
Letters have been sent to members of the public, which claim to be from "Tony Roland" of "Tony Roland & Partners".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that letters have been sent to members of the public, regarding an unclaimed inheritance, which claim to be from "Tony Roland" of "Tony Roland & Partners".
Copy letters seen by the SRA refer to an unclaimed life insurance policy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, a telephone number of +44 744 096 9425 and a postal address of Library Building, 244 Shepherds Bush Road, London, WS 2DS.
The letter also includes a reference to a website www.tonrolpartllp.com.
The website www.tonrolpartllp.com is not a website for a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The website www.tonrolpartllp.com misuses the names and photographs of several genuine solicitors, see below.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors named Tony Roland & Partners, nor does it authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor named Tony Roland.
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.tonrolpartllp.com currently misuses the names and photographs of several genuine solicitors who are authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine solicitors are employed at the genuine firm of Hill Dickinson LLP.
The genuine firm of Hill Dickinson LLP have confirmed that neither they nor any of 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.