Warning: Correspondence and website in the name “Peter Lynch Solicitors”
29 March 2018
Correspondence has been sent, and a website is operating, falsely claiming to be for a firm of solicitors called “Peter Lynch Solicitors”.
What is the scam?
The SRA has received information that a member of the public has received a letter and documentation, including a supposed copy of a passport, from an individual named “Peter Lynch” who claims to be a founding partner of “Peter Lynch Solicitors” and have an office in London. The letter and documentation relates to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance.
The letter seen by the SRA claims that “Peter Lynch Solicitors” are trading from 49 Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4AY and gives the telephone number +44 20 8089 1026 and the fax number +44 20 3862 9896.
The letter also provides an email contact address of firstname.lastname@example.org and gives the website address of “www.plsolicitors.co.uk”. This website address is not currently working, but another website of www.plsolicitor.com appears to be active and claims to be the website for “Peter Lynch Solicitors” (supposedly with offices in London and Northern Ireland).
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a solicitor called Peter Lynch or a law firm called “Peter Lynch Solicitors”. Any business or transactions conducted by an individual named Peter Lynch of “Peter Lynch Solicitors” using the details above are not undertaken by an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
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.