Warning: Emails misusing the name Birkett Long LLP
8 October 2018
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from Birkett Long LLP in respect of an unclaimed inheritance.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails falsely claiming to be from "Joseph Ramdath" of Birkett Long LLP in respect of an unclaimed inheritance. The emails relate to a supposedly abandoned investment from an individual with a similar surname to that of the recipient of the emails.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate an individual called Joseph Ramdath.
The SRA has been advised that the emails appear to be sent from the following email addresses:
The SRA has been informed that the emails misuse the postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through "Joseph Ramdath" or the email addresses mentioned above is not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Birkett Long LLP (which trades as Birkett Long Solicitors). The genuine firm has a branch office at Faviell House, 1 Coval Wells, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1WZ.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no genuine connection with the emails 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.