Warning: Documents and emails misusing the details of Royds Withy King LLP
24 December 2020
Documents have been sent from "Jose Manuel Rodriguez", misusing the details of Royds Withy King LLP
What is the scam?
Individuals have received letters falsely claiming to be from a "Jose Manuel Rodriguez" of Royds Withy King (see below for genuine firm details).
The letters seen by the SRA relate to a supposed "Class Action Settlement Agreement" entered into by "Jose Manuel Rodriguez (Lawyer)" and the recipient of the letter. The document purports to settle a compensation claim but requests payment of a supposedly "fully refundable" service fee of 2,500€.
The letter asks the recipient to sign and return the letter, along with photographic ID and a current utility bill.
The letters misuse the name and logo of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). The letters seen by the SRA provide a postal address in Mallorca, Spain, are signed off by a "Jose Manuel Rodrigeuz" and provide the email address "email@example.com".
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor or foreign lawyer called "Jose Manuel Rodrigeuz" nor "Jose Manuel Rodriguez".
Any business or transactions through the letters referred to above, or through "Jose Manuel Rodrigeuz", "Jose Manuel Rodriguez" or the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Royds Withy King LLP, whose head office is at 5-6 Northumberland Buildings, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2JE.
Genuine emails from Royds Withy King LLP use the domain “@roydswithyking.com”
The genuine firm of Royds Withy King LLP has confirmed that neither the firm nor any of its solicitors have any genuine connection to the emails or letters referred to in the alert above.
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.