Warning: Email misusing of the name "Stephen Muscatt of Muscatt Solicitors"
30 July 2020
Email relating to an unclaimed inheritance has been sent misusing the name "Stephen Muscatt of Muscatt Solicitors".
What is the scam?
The SRA has seen an email recommending the use of "Stephen Muscatt of Muscatt Solicitors" for completion and submission of a "Transfer of Rights and Privileges document" ("TRPD") in relation to claiming an inheritance.
The email provides a telephone and fax number of "+44 (0) 74 5128 6201" and an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org."
The email also provides the genuine postal address for the genuine firm Muscatt Solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through the telephone or fax number "+44 (0) 74 5128 6201" or the email address "email@example.com" 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 solicitor called Stephen Muscatt. He practises at the genuine firm of Muscatt Solicitors. The genuine firm has it head office at 3rd Floor, 40 Manchester Street, London W1U 7LL. The genuine telephone and fax number for the firm is 0207 487 2990. The genuine email address for Stephen Muscatt is firstname.lastname@example.org
The genuine Stephen Muscatt and genuine firm of Muscatt Solicitors have confirmed that they are not connected with the email 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.