Warning: Emails misusing the details of Legal Recoveries & Collections Limited
24 March 2020
Emails from “David Foster” regarding a supposed trading account, misusing details of Legal Recoveries & Collections Limited.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that some members of the public have received emails from "David Foster", in relation to supposedly helping to reactivate or close an internet trading account. The emails are sent using an email address of "David.email@example.com", claim to be from the "Legal department" and misuse the genuine website address, SRA ID and company information of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The SRA understands that the emails were sent following a telephone conversation with the recipient. The email provides a telephone number of "+44 7723 804258".
Any business or transactions through the email address "David.firstname.lastname@example.org" or the telephone number above, are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Legal Recoveries & Collections Ltd (which also trades as LRC) is a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA and based in Nottingham. The firm's SRA ID is 614821 and the firm's genuine website is www.legalrecoveries.com.
The genuine firm has confirmed that they have no connection to the emails or telephone calls referred to in the above alert and they do not employ an individual called "David Foster".
The SRA authorises and regulated several solicitors called David Foster. None of the genuine solicitors called David Foster are believed to be connected to matters 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.