Warning: Emails misusing the details of Clyde & Co LLP
1 May 2019
Emails misusing the details of Clyde & Co LLP have been sent to members of the public regarding an unclaimed inheritance scam.
What is the scam?
The SRA has received a report that members of the public have received emails regarding an unclaimed inheritance scam which falsely claims to be from Lee Bacon of Clyde & Co LLP.
The emails relate to the estate of a former client, who had a similar surname to the recipient of the email.
The emails were sent from several different false email addresses including, but not limited to, the following: "email@example.com," "firstname.lastname@example.org," and "email@example.com."
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Clyde & Co LLP, whose Head Office address is The St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London. EC3A 7AR.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Lee Bacon who is a solicitor at the genuine firm of Clyde & Co LLP.
Both the genuine firm of Clyde & Co LLP and the genuine individual, Lee Bacon, have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails 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.