Warning: Emails from "O Brien Wright LLP Solicitors"
27 November 2020
Emails have been sent from "O Brien Wright LLP Solicitors" in respect of an unclaimed inheritance.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received emails from an individual called "O Brien Wright" claiming to be an attorney from "O Brien Wright LLP Solicitors". The emails relate to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance from an individual with a similar surname to that of the recipient of the emails.
The emails were sent using an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org" and provided a further email address of "email@example.com"
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called "O Brien Wright LLP Solicitors" or a solicitor called "O Brien Wright".
Any business or transactions through "O Brien Wright LLP Solicitors" or the email addresses mentioned above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
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.