Warning: Correspondence from "Mitchell & Associate LLP" and the website "mitchellandassociate․com"
24 June 2019
Correspondence from "Mitchell & Associate LLP" has been sent, in relation to a supposed inheritance.
What is the scam?
A faxed letter has been sent to a member of the public, claiming to be from “Alex Mitchell (Distinction) Head of International” of “Mitchell & Associate LLP”, which the letter claims to be a law firm based in London.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called “Mitchell & Associate LLP”.
The letter related to pursing compensation from a purportedly unclaimed “life insurance” policy, with the recipient of the letter understood to have the same last name as the supposedly deceased client.
The letter seen by the SRA provides a telephone number of "+442895817926"; email addresses of "firstname.lastname@example.org" and email@example.com; and a website address of "http://mitchellandassociate.com". The letter also misuses the address of a genuine firm solicitors (see below).
The website "http://mitchellandassociate.com" also provides the contact number of "+442895817926" (which has also featured in other alerts – see linked alert). However, the website provides and misuses the postal and DX addresses of a separate firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through "Mitchell & Associate LLP", the contact numbers, email addresses 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 a genuine firm of solicitors called Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, whose head office address is 15 Fetter Lane, Holborn, London, EC4A 1BW.
The SRA also authorise and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Stevensdrake Limited (trading as Stevensdrake Solicitors), whose head office address is 117-119 High Street, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1DD (and whose genuine DX address is 57104 CRAWLEY).
Both genuine firms of solicitors have confirmed that they have no connection to the correspondence or website referred to in the above alert.
The SRA also authorises and regulates several genuine solicitors called Alex Mitchell (e.g. Alexander or Alexandra), none of whom are believed to be connected to the correspondence or website referred to in the above 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.
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