Warning: Emails misusing the name Mr John Lewis of Anglo-Thai Legal Company Limited
24 October 2019
An email from "email@example.com" misusing the name of Mr John Lewis, Anglo-Thai Legal Company Limited and its logo, in relation to an inheritance matter.
What is the scam?
An email has been sent that falsely claims to be from John Lewis of "Law Anglo T Legal Chambers", using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org".
The email seen by the SRA is addressed “Dear Client” and concerns a next of kin claim with United Overseas Bank Limited. It requests advance payment of $2470 in respect of legal fees for services, plus 0.2% of the total inheritance sum claimed.
The email misuses the name of a genuine solicitor and firm, its Thai branch address and logo (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email address "email@example.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called John Lewis, who is the principal at Anglo-Thai Legal Company Limited, and whose genuine email address is John.Lewis@anglothailegal.com.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine law firm called Anglo-Thai Legal Company Limited, with a Thai branch at 133 Sukhumvit 57 Road, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110.
The genuine John Lewis has confirmed that he has no connection 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.