Warning: Email from "James Wellington" misusing the name Hatten Wyatt
2 May 2019
An email has been sent from "James Wellington" misusing the name Hatten Wyatt in relation to an insurance policy claim.
What is the scam?
An email has been sent to individuals misusing the name and details of a genuine firm (see below), in relation to a supposed insurance policy claim.
The email seen by the SRA is signed off as being from "James Wellington, LL.B, LL.M" of "Hatten Wyatt LLP" and informs the recipient that they hold the same surname and nationality as his supposed deceased client - asking the recipient to assist in claiming the insurance policy. The email provides and misuses the address of a genuine firm (see below).
The email provides the email addresses: James@mail.horizonpetrol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and the telephone numbers: +441173251172, +441212704264.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor with the name "James Wellington". The SRA has been informed that a website was also previously operating from the address "www.hattenwatt.com" which had cloned information from the website of a genuine firm (see below), but this cloned website is no longer operating.
Any business or transaction through the above email addresses and telephone numbers are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Hatten Wyatt whose genuine address for their head office is 51/54 Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1BD and whose genuine website address is www.hatten-wyatt.com. Their genuine telephone number is 01474 351199 and contact email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine firm has confirmed they are not connected to the emails 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.