Warning: Letters from "Gilson Solicitors"
9 October 2020
Letters have been sent from "Gilson Solicitors" claiming to be a law firm in London, in relation to a supposed inheritance.
What is the scam?
Letters have been sent to members of the public from an individual claiming to be a Lawyer and Attorney at "Gilson Solicitors". The letters relate to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance of an unknown individual. The last name of the purportedly deceased client is tailored to match the last name of the recipient of the letter.
The letters provide a postal address of "37 Cremer Street Hoxton London E2 8HD", a telephone number of "+44 (0)2081332388", a fax number of "+44(0)2080689776" and an email address of "email@example.com".
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm called "Gilson Solicitors".
The letters misuse the name of a genuine solicitor (see below).
Any business or transactions through the above contact details are not undertaken by a firm or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Jeremy Lowe.
The genuine Jeremy Lowe has confirmed to the SRA that he is 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.