Warning: Misusing the name Hugo Moore

31 January 2020

Emails have been sent misusing the name of Hugo Moore.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been advised that members of the public have  been contacted by an individual they met on line, claiming to be called "Michael Cox" who has asked them for money to assist him in releasing an inheritance in return for a future share in the investment.

The members of the public then  received emails claiming to be from "Barr. Hugo Moore" referring the inheritance or investment of "Michael Cox". The emails seen by the SRA refer to the recipient of the emails being named as the 'Next of Kin' for "Michael Cox", and refer to a 'Next of Kin Form', 'Certificate of Completion of Next of Kin Form' and 'Certificate of Investment'.  One email seen by the SRA also asks the recipient to complete the Next of Kin form and forward payment in respect of a number of fees, including Oath Fee, Probate fee, Stamp Duty fee, Notarization fee and Letter of Administration fee. 

The emails from "Barr. Hugo Moore"  appear to  have been sent from the  email address; 

Any business or transactions through the  email address are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice authorised and regulated by the SRA or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Charles Hugo Moore, who is known as Hugo Moore. 

The genuine solicitor (Charles) Hugo Moore has confirmed that he is  not connected 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.