Warning: Emails misusing the name Warwick Vesey Solicitors
17 May 2019
Emails have been sent to members of the public misusing the name Warwick Vesey Solicitors.
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent to members of the public misusing the name of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The subject heading of the email is 'Reference' and it contains an attachment named 'mime-attachment'. A concern is that the attachment may contain malware.
The email seen by the SRA claims to be sent from 'Ian Vesey'. It gives the address of the genuine firm of solicitors and appears to be sent from a genuine email address at the genuine firm (see below). It also gives the telephone number 0121 887 1182 and mobile telephone number of 0773 452 7492 and SRA ID of the genuine solicitor’s firm (see below)
The email seen by the SRA also provides the names of genuine solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through the telephone numbers 0121 887 1182 and 0773 452 7492 are not undertaken by an individual or firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Warwick Vesey Solicitors, whose address is 194 Alcester Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0NQ. The genuine telephone number for the firm is 0121 778 1188 and their genuine SRA ID number for the firm is 539809.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor; Ian Alexander Vesey, whose genuine email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SRA also regulates and authorises genuine solicitors called Martin Keys, Sufia Ali and Will Cheung. Martin Keys is a partner at the genuine firm of Warwick Vesey Solicitors, and Sufia Ali and Will Cheung used to be employed there.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no genuine intended connection to the email 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.