Warning: Emails misusing the name "Stewarts Law LLP"
4 December 2019
Emails misusing the name "John Cahill" of "Stewarts Law LLP" regarding an unclaimed inheritance.
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent, falsely claiming to be from "John Cahill" of "Stewarts Law LLP" in relation to a purported unclaimed inheritance.
The SRA has been informed that emails purportedly from "John Cahill" of "Stewarts Law LLP" have been sent to various recipients, regarding an unclaimed inheritance of £3,000,000 to the beneficiary of the last Will and testament of a deceased relative. The emails request the recipient provide address, identification and a direct telephone number, to "enable the holding bank", The Royal Bank of Canada UK Branch, to "proceed with final clarification / reveal further details and documents” about the inheritance.
The SRA has been informed that although the emails appear to be sent from "John Cahill" they have been sent from difference email addresses, including "Nancy.firstname.lastname@example.org".
The SRA has also been informed that one of the emails gives a "reply-to" email address of email@example.com. It also gives the postal address of the genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine law firm called Stewarts Law LLP, whose head office address is 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor by the name of Mr John Cahill. Mr Cahill is Member at Stewarts Law LLP and whose genuine email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.