Warning: Fax and a website misusing the name Aaron & Partners LLP
28 May 2019
A fax has been sent and a website set up misusing the name of Aaron & Partners LLP.
What is the scam?
A fax has been sent misusing the name of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below) in relation to an unclaimed life insurance policy.
The correspondence claims to be from "Aaron McDemmot – attorney in charge of insurance/bonds". The fax states that a client of the firm who is now deceased, left a life insurance policy of $9,820,000 which is unclaimed.
The fax asks the individual to claim the life insurance policy due to holding the same surname and proposes the monies will be split between them with 10% going to charity.
The fax misuses the name of a genuine firm, provides the address "12 Queensway Etobicoke ON M8Y 1K6, Canada", telephone number "+1 (647) 490 3181", fax number "+1 (647) 243 8671", email addresses "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com", and website "www.aaronandpartnersllp.com".
A website has also been set up and is operating misusing the name of a genuine firm: www.aaronandpartnersllp.com.
The website provides three names of "solicitors” in the “Attorneys" section of the website, namely; Aaron McDemmot, Randolph Brown and Edward Decker. The website also provides email addresses for these individuals "firstname.lastname@example.org", "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The website also provides the same contact details as above in the "Contact us" section.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate any individuals with the names of Aaron McDemmot, Randolph Brown and Edward Decker.
Any business or transactions through the above names, email addresses, telephone numbers, fax number, postal address and website are not undertaken by an authorised solicitors’ 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 Aaron & Partners LLP whose genuine address for their head office is Grosvenor Court, Foregate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1HG. The firm’s genuine telephone number is 01244 405 555, genuine fax number is 01244 405 566, genuine email address is email@example.com and genuine website is www.aaronandpartners.com.
The genuine firm have confirmed they have no connection with the above scam.
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.