Warning: Letter misusing the name of Legal Eagles
3 April 2020
A letter has been sent, purporting to be from an office in Harrow of “Legal Eagles”, in relation to an immigration matter
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a letter has been recently sent to the Home Office, falsely claiming to be from Legal Eagles and using an address in Harrow, Middlesex. The letter related to an immigration matter.
The SRA has been informed the letter claims to be from a representative of "Legal Eagle Solicitors & Commissioners of Oaths" misusing the name of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). The telephone numbers provided are "07554665343", "02081816881" and a fax number of "02081816888". We are also informed that the letter provides the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" and a postal address of "72 Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2SQ" (see below).
Any business or transaction through the contact details above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm or a solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Legal Eagles.
The genuine firm’s head office address is Spindlemaker Arms, Melling Street/Lancaster Road North, Preston, PR1 7NE. The genuine firm’s branch office address is First Floor, Offices 2, 114-116 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 4LZ. The genuine firm 3 years previously had a branch office address of 72 Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2SQ, but this address is no longer used. The genuine firm’s telephone number is: 07782221532, fax number: 03300888788 and email address is email@example.com.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no intended connection with 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.