Warning: Emails misusing the name of Backhouse Jones Limited
12 October 2020
Emails using the domain "@backhouses-uk.com", misusing the name of Ellie Kenyon of Backhouse Jones Limited.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails purportedly from “Ellie Kenyon” of Backhouse Jones Limited, but using an email address ending “@backhouses-uk.com”, were received by a third party.
Any such emails misuse the names of a genuine solicitor and a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through any email address using the domain “@backhouses-uk.com” are not 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 Backhouse Jones Limited, whose head office address is The Printworks, Ribble Valley Enterprise Park, Hey Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 9WD. The head office fax number is 01254 828301, the telephone number is 01254 828300, and the firm’s genuine website address is www.backhousejones.co.uk.
The genuine firm uses email addresses with the domain name “@backhouses.co.uk”.
The genuine firm employs a genuine solicitor called Ellie Kenyon, whose actual email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine firm of Backhouse Jones limited, has confirmed that neither the firm or their employee Ellie Kenyon have any genuine and intended connection to the emails referred to in the alert 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.