Warning: Emails misusing the name and address of Burges Salmon LLP
13 August 2019
Emails from a "Hotmail" account regarding a supposed inheritance, which falsely claim to be from Roger Bull of Burges Salmon LLP.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent which falsely claims to be from Roger Bull of Burges Salmon LLP (see below in relation to a genuine firm and solicitor).
The email seen by the SRA refers to a person with the same surname as the recipient having supposedly passed away, and invites contact regarding an "abandoned investment".
The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from the email address "RogeriBull@hotmail.com"
The email misuses the name and address of a genuine firm (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email address listed 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?
Burges Salmon LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA, whose head office is at One Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0ZX (Firm SRA ID: 401114)
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Roger Bull, who is a partner at the genuine firm of Burges Salmon LLP. The genuine Roger Bull's email address is "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Both the genuine Roger Bull of Burges Salmon LLP and the genuine firm have confirmed they have no connection to the email referred to in the above alert.
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.