Warning: Emails from Mike Derrick Dyer at Tyndal Woods Solicitors or Douglas Morgan LLP
5 August 2019
Emails have been sent claiming to be from "Derrick Dyer" at "Tyndal Woods Solicitors" or "Douglas Morgan LLP."
What is the scam?
The SRA has seen emails that claim to be sent from "Derrick Dyer, Consultant" at "Tyndal Woods Solicitors" and "Derrick Dyer, Senior Adviser" at "Douglas Morgan LLP". The emails refer to various different matters and appear as though legal advice and assistance is being provided.
Emails from "Derrick Dyer, Consultant" at "Tyndal Woods Solicitors" use the email address "email@example.com". The email provides the address for the firm as 29 Woodbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B17 8BY and the SRA number of 598368.
Emails from "Derrick Dyer, Senior Advisor" at "Douglas Morgan LLP" use the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org". The email provides the address for the firm as The Grid, 33 Cadogan Street, Glasgow G2 7LP and gives a Law Society of Scotland number of 598368.
All emails provide the same telephone number of +44(0)151 693 2222.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Tyndal Woods Solicitors" or "Douglas Morgan LLP". The SRA does not authorise or regulate any individual with the name "Derrick Dyer".
Any business or transactions conducted through "Tyndal Woods Solicitors", "Douglas Morgan LLP" or "Derrick Dyer" using the email addresses or telephone number above are 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 firm called Tyndallwoods Solicitors Limited whose genuine Head Office address is 29 Woodbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B17 8BY. The genuine SRA number for the genuine firm is 598368. Its genuine telephone number is 0121 693 2222.
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor with the name Michael Dyer. He does not work at "Tyndal Woods Solicitors" or "Douglas Morgan LLP".
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.