Warning: Emails misusing the name of Michael Lamb of Morecrofts LLP
27 November 2020
Emails have been sent misusing the name of Michael Lamb of Morecrofts LLP
What is the scam?
Various individuals received emails that misuse the name of Michael Lamb of Morecrofts LLP.
Emails seen by the SRA claim to be from a "Micheal Lamb" (spelled incorrectly) and also "Michaeal Lamb" (spelled incorrectly) of "Morecrofts Solicitors LLP". The emails claim that the recipient could be the beneficiary of a large sum of money from a supposed inheritance. The name of the purportedly deceased client is amended in the emails to hold the same surname as the recipient of the email.
The emails have been sent from various email addresses, including:
Any business or transactions through, or arising from, the emails referred to above are not genuinely undertaken by a solicitor's practice authorised and regulated by the SRA, or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Morecrofts LLP (which trades as Morecrofts Solicitors), whose head office address is Cotton Exchange, Old Hall St, Liverpool, L3 9LQ.
The genuine firm uses email addresses with the domain name @morecrofts.co.uk.
Morecrofts LLP do employ a genuine solicitor called Michael Lamb, whose genuine email address is MSL@morecrofts.co.uk.
Morecrofts LLP have confirmed that neither the firm nor their genuine Michael Lamb have any genuine connection to the emails 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.