Warning: Fax misusing the name of "Clifford Chance LLP"
7 August 2020
A Fax has been sent falsely claiming to be from "Jeremy Kosky" of "Clifford Chance LLP" in relation to an unclaimed life insurance policy.
What is the scam?
A Fax has been sent falsely claiming to be from "Jeremy Kosky" in relation to an unclaimed life insurance policy.
The fax seen by the SRA refers to a person who held a "permanent life insurance policy" with the same surname as the recipient.
The fax uses headed notepaper with the name "Jeremy Kosky (LL. B, LL.M), Clifford Chance LLP". The fax provides the postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below) , a telephone number of "0203 097 1504", a fax number of "0203 514 3340", email addresses of "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org" and a website "www.cliffordchance-law.co.uk".
The fax claims to be signed by "Jeremy Kosky, LL. B LL.M Attorney" and is stamped "Clifford Chance LLP Legal Advisers".
Any business or transactions conducted though the telephone, fax and mobile numbers and email addresses above 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 firm called Clifford Chance LLP whose genuine head office address is 10 Upper Bank Street, London, E14 5JJ. Its genuine telephone number is 020 7006 1000, fax number is 020 7006 5555 and email address is LegalEnquiries@CliffordChance.com.
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor named Jeremy Kosky who is a partner at Clifford Chance LLP.
The genuine firm and the genuine solicitor have confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to the fax 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.