Warning: The website "www․altralawyersllp․com" and correspondence claiming to be from "Altra Lawyers LLP"
23 December 2019
The website "www․altralawyersllp․com" is falsely claiming to be for a law firm in Wales, and correspondence from "Altra Lawyers LLP"
What is the scam?
The website "www.altralawyersllp.com" is operating and falsely claiming to be the website for a firm of solicitors in Wales called "Altra Lawyers LLP".
The website misuses the name of a genuine solicitor and his genuine firm’s business address (see below). It also provides contact numbers of +4420 8638 5534 (telephone) and +4420 7022 8704 (fax) and an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org. The layout and other names / photographs used on the website appear to be cloned from the website of a separate USA based law firm.
The website "www.altralawyersllp.com" is not a genuine website for a firm of solicitors.
A member of the public also received a letter claiming to be from "Nathan Charles Vidini" of "Altra Lawyers LLP", in relation to a supposed "permanent life insurance policy". The provides the same telephone and fax numbers as the website warned of above. The letter provides additional contact email addresses of "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The letter again misuses the name of a genuine solicitor and the registered postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The SRA does not authorise a firm called "Altra Lawyers LLP". Any business or transactions through the website or contact details above are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Nathan Charles Vidini who is the Director of AltraLaw Ltd, a genuine firm of solicitors which is also authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The firm's genuine office address is Britannia House, Caerphilly Business Park, Caerphilly, CF83 3GG and its genuine website address is "www.altralaw.co.uk".
The genuine Nathan Charles Vidini and AltraLaw Ltd have confirmed they have no connection to the website and letter 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.