Warning: Emails misusing the name of Bray & Bray
22 August 2017
Members of the public have received emails falsely claiming to be from David Berridge of "Bray & Bray Solicitors", regarding an "abandoned investment".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails falsely claiming to be from David Berridge of "Bray & Bray Solicitors". The emails are in relation to the obtaining of an unclaimed "abandoned investment" belonging to a previously unknown individual, who had the same surname as the recipient of the email.
The emails seen by the SRA have been sent from the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org". The emails provide the address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email address "email@example.com" is not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Update 3/8/2018 12:00:00 AM
Further emails in relation to the same type of scam have been received by several members of the public. The recent emails seen by the SRA were sent from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine firm confirmed that as a firm they do not use a Hotmail email address and they have no connection with these emails.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Bray & Bray is a genuine firm that is authorised and regulated by the SRA.
David Berridge is a genuine solicitor who is authorised and regulated by the SRA, and who is a partner at the genuine firm.
The email address of the genuine Bray & Bray is email@example.com. The head office of the genuine firm is based at 36-42 Humberstone Road, Leicester, LE5 0AE.
The genuine firm and genuine solicitor confirm that they have no connection to the emails referred to above. The firm also confirmed that they do not use "hotmail" email addresses (their email addresses end in "@braybray.co.uk")
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.