Warning: Emails misusing the name of a partner of Druces LLP
7 October 2020
Scam alert: Correspondence has been sent misusing the name of a partner of Druces LLP, from an email address ending "driuces.com"
What is the scam?
We understand that emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Stephen Ronaldson" of Druces LLP (see below in relation to the genuine firm and solicitor).
The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from the email address "email@example.com" and was enquiring about a payment.
Any business or transactions through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org (or any email addresses ending "@driuces.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 Druces LLP. The genuine firm uses email addresses with the domain name "@druces.com".
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Stephen Ronaldson, who is a partner at Druces LLP and whose genuine email address is email@example.com.
The genuine firm of Druces LLP has confirmed that neither it nor the genuine solicitor Stephen Ronaldson have any intended 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.