Warning: Letter from "Baywater Solicitors Ltd"
29 June 2020
A letter has been sent claiming from "Baywater Solicitors Ltd" in relation to a supposedly unclaimed insurance policy.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received a letter from "Sandeep Sud" claiming to be a "Lead Attorney at "Baywater Solicitors Ltd". The letter relates to a supposedly unclaimed insurance policy for someone with the same surname as the recipient of the letter.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called "Baywater Solicitors Ltd".
The letter provides a telephone contact number of "+44 113 328 1381", a fax number of "+44 113 322 4611" and email addresses of "Sandeep.email@example.com" and "Sandeep.firstname.lastname@example.org". It also provides a postal address of "43 Bexley Ave Harehills Leeds LS8 5LU" and website address of "www.bayswaterlaw.com".
Any business or transactions through Bayswater Solicitors Ltd or any of the contact details above are not undertaken by a firm or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Sandeep Sud.
The genuine Sandeep Sud has confirmed to the SRA that he has no connection to "Bayswater Solicitors Ltd" or the letter 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.