Warning: Fax misusing the name of "Hamish Frost"
30 July 2020
Faxes have been sent claiming to be from "Hamish Frost" of "BDB Pitmans Law" in relation to an unclaimed life insurance policy.
What is the scam?
Faxes have been sent claiming to be from "Hamish Frost" 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 "Hamish Frost (LL.B, LL.M), BDB Pitmans Law". The fax provides a postal address of "50 Broadway London SW1H OBL UK", a telephone number of "011 44 745 127 4665", a fax number of "011 44 203 318 7652", a mobile number of "011 44 745 127 4665", email addresses of "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com" and a website "www.bdbpitmanslaw.com."
The fax claims to be signed by "Hamish Frost, LL.B LL.M Attorney" and is stamped "BDB Pitmans 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 BDB Pitmans LLP whose genuine head office address is One Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7BL. Its genuine telephone number is 0345 222 9222, fax number 020 7222 3480 and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine firm BDB Pitmans LLP does employ a person by the name of Hamish Frost.
The genuine firm and the genuine Hamish Frost have confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to the matters referred to 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.