Warning: Unsolicited telephone calls from "AST Accident Investigation and AST Personal Liability"
30 July 2020
Members of the public have received unsolicited telephone calls claiming to be from "AST Accident Investigation" and "AST Personal Liability".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received unsolicited telephone calls from individuals claiming to be from "AST Accident Investigation" and "AST Personal Liability", in connection with personal injury claims.
The SRA has been informed that recent telephone calls were made from various telephone numbers and areas, including "07441 399 342".
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "AST Accident Investigation" or "AST Personal Liability".
Any business or transactions through "AST Accident Investigation" "AST Personal Liability" or the above telephone number 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 AST Hampsons LLP trading as AST Hampsons. The genuine firm’s telephone number is 01706 653 322.
AST Hampsons LLP has confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to the telephone number and calls reported in the above alert, and that they do not make 'cold calls'
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.