Warning: Website "www․richardmoss-associates․com" for "Richard Moss & Associates LLP"
13 June 2019
The website "wwww․richardmoss-associates․com" is operating, falsely claiming to be for a genuine law firm (see below regarding genuine firms).
What is the scam?
The website "www․richardmoss-associates․com" is operating, falsely claiming to be for a law firm called “Richard Moss & Associates LLP” with an address in London. The website also misuses the pictures (and some names) of some genuine solicitors (see below).
The website provides the telephone number “+44 (0) 151 528 5655”; the fax number "+44 (0) 151 528 5656"; an email address “email@example.com” and a postal / office address supposedly in Regent Street, London.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Richard Moss Associates LLP" (see below in relation to a genuine firm with a similar name).
Any business or transaction undertaken through the above website or through the email address, telephone number or fax number above, is not undertaken by a solicitors’ practice or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a firm called Richard Moss Solicitors (and also Richard Moss Solicitors Limited), whose office address is Suite 5, 76 Kings Road, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, M25 0FY and whose genuine website is "www.richardmosssolicitors.com". The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Richard Moss, who is the principal of Richard Moss Solicitors (and a director of Richard Moss Solicitors Limited).
The pictures of "Attorneys" used in the bogus website are misused pictures (and in some cases names) of solicitors or other individuals, taken from a version of the website of the genuine firm of Dickinson Parker Hill LLP (SRA ID: 637806). The genuine website for this firm is "www.dphlaw.co.uk", but some genuine individuals whose photos have been misused are no longer working with this firm.
The genuine firms of Richard Moss Solicitors, Richard Moss Solicitors Limited and Dickinson Parker Hill LLP have confirmed that they have no connection to the website referred to in the above alert.
None of the genuine solicitors and individuals, whose photos (and in some cases names) have been misused in the website referred to in the above alert, are believed to have any connection to the website.
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.