Warning: "Michael Clifford Solicitors" and website "https://michael-clifford․business․site/"
4 July 2019
Tenancy agreements from "Michael Clifford Solicitors" have been sent and a connected website is operating.
What is the scam?
Members of the public who have been looking to rent property have been sent Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements, claiming to be drawn up by “Michael Clifford” of "Michael Clifford Solicitors".
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Michael Clifford Solicitors".
The document seen by the SRA provides an address for "Michael Clifford Solicitors" of 280 Foleshill Road, Coventry, CV6 5AH; an email address of "email@example.com" and a website address of "https://michael-clifford․business․site/". The website also provides a contact telephone number of 07451 229654.
Any business or transactions through "Michael Clifford Solicitors", the contact number, email address or website set out above, are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm or a solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates three genuine solicitors called Michael Clifford, all of whom have confirmed that they have no connection to the correspondence or website 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.