Warning: Letter and website misusing the name of Adans Solicitors & Advocates
25 June 2019
A letter has been sent and a website set up (at "www․advatass․com"), misusing the name of Adans Solicitors & Advocates․
What is the scam?
A letter has been sent misusing the name of Adans Solicitors & Advocates (see below in relation to a genuine firm of this name). The letter seen by the SRA proposes that, as the individual being contacted has the same surname and nationality as a supposedly deceased client, they join in a claim of a purported ‘unclaimed life insurance policy’ worth $19,600,000. The letter proposes the proceeds will be split 45% each with 10% going to charity.
The letter misuses the name and postal address of a genuine firm (see below). It also provides email addresses of "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org", a telephone number of "+44 141 212 4319" and a fax number of "+44 141 626 427".
A website has also been set up misusing the name of the genuine firm. This website address is https://www.advatass.com/. The website lists numerous names under the "Our Attorneys" section and, as well as providing the contact numbers above lists a supposed Head Office in Milton Keynes (with a claimed telephone number of "+44 (0)131 5101 903) and offices in two other European countries.
Any business or transaction through the email addresses, telephone numbers, fax number or website listed 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 authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Adans Solicitors & Advocates (SRA ID: 626075), whose genuine head office address is 298 High Road Leyton, London, E10 5PW.
The genuine firm have confirmed they do not have a website and are not connected to the above scam.
The numerous genuine individuals whose names (and in some cases SRA ID numbers) have been listed in the scam website referred to in the above alert, are not believed to be genuinely connected to the website or correspondence 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.