Warning: Letter claiming to be from a law firm called "Ramsdems", misusing the name of David Bradley
23 March 2020
A letter has been sent claiming to be from a law firm called "Ramsdems", in relation to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public received a fax from an individual claiming to be an Attorney called "David Bradley" of "Ramsdems". The faxed letter related to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance of an unknown individual. The name of the deceased is tailored to match the recipient of the letter.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Ramsdems" (but see below in relation to a genuine firm with a similar name and a genuine solicitor)
The letter seen by the SRA provides a telephone contact number of "011 44 203 097 1792", a fax number of "011 44 203 318 7652" and a mobile number of "011 44 740 445 3543".
The letter also provides a supposed website address of "www.ramsdems.co.uk", email addresses of "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org" and misuses a genuine address in Liverpool (see below).
Any business or transactions through "Ramsdems" or the contact numbers, website or email addresses provided above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates several genuine solicitors called David Bradley, including one who is a partner at Ramsdens Solicitors LLP (which trades as Ramsdens Solicitors), a genuine firm of solicitors which is also authorised and regulated by the SRA. Ramsdens Solicitors LLP has various offices, its head office is based at Oakley House 1 Hungerford Road Edgerton Huddersfield HD3 3AL. The telephone number is 01484 558066, the fax is 01484 558083 and the website is www.ramsdens.co.uk.
The SRA also authorises a genuine firm called Abensons Law Limited (which trades as Abensons Solicitors), whose head office address is 102 Allerton Road, Liverpool, L18 2DG.
Both the genuine firms above, and the genuine David Bradley of Ramsdens Solicitors LLP, have confirmed they have no connection to the letter referred to in the above alert.
The other genuine solicitors called David Bradley are not believed to have any 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.