Warning: Letter misusing the name of Davis Law Associates
7 May 2020
A letter has been sent, falsely claiming to be from Davis Law Associates, in relation to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received a letter from an individual called "John Davis" claiming to be a "managing partner at Davis Law" The letter relates to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance of an unknown individual. The name of the deceased is tailored to match the recipient of the letter. The email was sent using the email address of "email@example.com". The letter gives a telephone contact number of "0745 121 4200".
The letter misuses the name and address of a genuine firm of solicitors and the name of a genuine solicitor (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" or the telephone number "0745 121 4200" are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Davis Law Associates is a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. John Davis is an authorised and regulated solicitor who is an owner of Davis Law Associates. The firm had a London office address at 118 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED.
The genuine firm of Davis Law Associates and the genuine solicitor, John Davis, have confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to 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.