Warning: Correspondence and website misusing the name and details of DTM Legal LLP
5 December 2019
Letters have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Richard Payne" of "DMT Law Firm"․ A website is also operating at "www․dmtlawfirms․com"․
What is the scam?
Members of the public has received letters falsely claiming to be from "Richard Payne", "Attorney" at "DMT Law firm". The SRA understands that the letters relates to an unclaimed "life insurance policy" supposedly held by a deceased client with the same surname as the recipient of the letter.
The SRA understands the letters were sent from Portugal to residents of Monaco.
The SRA has also been informed that a website "www.dmtlawfirms.com" is operating and falsely claiming to be the website for a firm of solicitors called "DMT Law Firm".
The website misuses the postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below) and also misuses the name of a genuine solicitor (see below).
The website and letter provides a telephone number of "+44 131 510 2760" and email addresses of "email@example.com", "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "RPJOHALAW416@GMAIL.COM".
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.
Update - 18 December 2019
The SRA has been informed that the scam alert reported above is still operating and understands the same letters have been sent to members of the public in Switzerland and Missouri, USA
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called DTM Legal LLP. The registered branch office is at 3rd Floor, No.4 St Pauls Square Liverpool L3 9SJ. The firm website is www.dtmlegal.com.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it does not have any connection to the website and letter referred to in the above alert. It also confirmed that it has never employed a "Richard Payne".
The SRA used to authorise and regulate a solicitor called Allan Watson. The SRA also authorises and regulates two solicitors called Richard Payne, neither whom are employed at DTM Legal LLP, and neither of whom are believed to be connected to the letter or website 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.
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