Warning: Emails misusing the names of Trowers & Hamlins LLP and Peter Ward
3 January 2020
Emails have been sent misusing the name of Peter Ward, in respect of what is understood to be an inheritance scam.
What is the scam?
The SRA has received a report that several members of the public have received an email, which seems to be in respect of an inheritance scam.
The SRA has been informed that the emails have been sent from ‘email@example.com' purporting to be a genuine solicitor; Peter Ward. (See below)
Any business or transactions conducted through the email address above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Trowers & Hamlins LLP The correct email domain for the firm is '@trowers.com'
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor by the name of Mr Peter Charles Ward. Mr Ward appears to be a non-practising solicitor and is no longer associated with Trowers & Hamlins LLP
The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no connection 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.