Warning: Correspondence misusing the name of “Law Now Limited” and “Michael J. Munro”
6 September 2019
Letters have been sent by fax purporting to be from “Michael J. Munro”.
What is the scam?
Letters have been sent from “Law Now Limited” (see below) regarding a supposed inheritance.
The letters seen by the SRA inform the recipients that, as they have the same surname as the deceased client and are from the same country, they could be entitled to “$9,600,000.00”. The recipient is asked to make contact to proceed with the claim.
The faxed letter claims to be sent by “Michael J. Munro” (see below). The email address provided is “firstname.lastname@example.org”, the telephone number is “+44 20 7193 9811”, the fax number is “+44 203 004 1676” and the website is “www.lawnowlimited.com”.
Any business or transactions through the above email address, fax, telephone number and website are not undertaken by a solicitors’ practice or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine law firm called CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP whose address is 78 Cannon Place, London, EC4N 6AF. The genuine website is www.cms.law and the genuine telephone number is 020 73 673000.
The SRA also authorises and regulates an entity connected to CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP called Law Now Limited. This entity provides legal research and its registered address is 78 Cannon Place, London, EC4N 6AF. The genuine website is www.cms-lawnow.com. There are no other contact details for Law Now Limited.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Michael John Munro who is a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. The genuine email address is email@example.com.
The genuine Law Now Limited, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP and the genuine solicitor Michael John Munro have confirmed that they have no connection to the correspondence 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.