Warning: Emails misusing the name of Chris de Pury of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
30 September 2019
Emails from "firstname.lastname@example.org" misusing the name of Chris de Pury, in relation to an "Investment letter of Intent"
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent that falsely claim to be from Chris de Pury of "Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP", using the email address "email@example.com".
The emails seen by the SRA appear to relate to an international financing arrangement.
They refer to an "Investment letter of intent" and ask the recipient to verify their identity.
The emails misuse the name of a genuine solicitor and the address of a genuine firm (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” is not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or 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 Christopher de Pury, who is a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and whose genuine email address is email@example.com.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, whose registered office is at Adelaide House, London Bridge, London, EC4R 9HA.
The genuine Christopher de Pury 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.