Warning: Telephone calls misusing the name of Bott & Co

26 June 2019

Members of the public have received telephone calls falsely claiming to be calling on behalf of Bott & Co.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that unsolicited telephone calls have been made to members of the public in the name of Bott & Co. It is reported the telephone calls have been made from various telephone numbers and related to possible road traffic accident claims.

Any business or transactions conducted through unsolicited telephone calls falsely claiming to be on behalf of Bott & Co 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 genuine firm called Bott & Co Solicitors Limited whose genuine address is St Anns House, Parsonage Green, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1HG and genuine telephone number is 01625 415800.

The genuine firm have confirmed they have no connection with the telephone calls 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.

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