Warning: Document misusing the name Andersons Solicitors
31 March 2020
A residential lease agreement purporting to be drafted by Andersons Solicitors.
What is the scam?
A residential lease agreement between a Landlord and a Tenant has been sent purporting to be drafted by Andersons Solicitors.
The document misuses the name and the SRA identification of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The SRA understands that the document was sent by an individual called "Olivia Harry" using an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org through a website for individuals looking for urgent accommodation. The SRA understands that a deposit of two weeks rent was requested up front.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorised and regulated a firm of solicitors called Andersons Solicitors. It was based in Nottingham and ceased trading on 30 September 2013. The SRA ID was 46140. Therefore, the SRA no longer regulates a firm of solicitors called Andersons Solicitors.
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.