Warning: Letter from "Winterhill Solicitors" and the website "http://www․winterhillsolicitors․com"
24 July 2019
Letters have been sent from "Winterhill Solicitors" and a connected website is operating.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that letters have been sent from "Winterhill Solicitors," purporting to be a law firm and the website ""http://www․winterhillsolicitors․com"" is operating.
The letter seen by the SRA informs the recipient that they are entitled to a life insurance policy of "$9,300,000.00" following the death of a named individual. The letter states that "20% of the money will go to charity organisations while the remaining amount will be shared 40% to the lawyer and 40% to the recipient".
The letter provides the following contact details "+44 33 3303 4405", fax number "44 2087115036" and the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org". The letter is signed off by Rajesh Pahuja and provides the address of "19 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2QH, England".
The website provides a contact number of “+44 33 3303 4405” and a fax number of “+44 20 8181 4989” and an email of "email@example.com". The website refers to Rajesh Pahuja and also refers to "Babul Parikh" who is able to provide a "comprehensive range of legal services" and provides an SRA number of 290770.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called "Winterhall Solicitors". Any business or transactions undertaken through the above website or through the telephone number, fax number and email addresses above are not undertaken by a solicitors’ practice or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates agenuine firm of solicitors called Wynterhill LLP, the firm address is 107Cheapside, London, EC2V 6DN. The genuine firm has confirmed that it has noconnection to the matters set out in this alert.
The SRA does authorise and regulategenuine solicitors called Rajesh Pahuja, SRA number 290770, and Babul Parikh,SRA number 146071 who have confirmed that they have no connection to the matters set out in this 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.