Warning: Emails, letters, telephone numbers and social media misusing the names of solicitors at Withers LLP.
16 October 2020
Correspondence has been sent misusing the names of a partner and an associate of Withers LLP.
What is the scam?
We understand that emails and letters have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Charlie Tee" a partner of Withers LLP. We also understand that emails, letters, social media accounts and false identification have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Julia Schtulman" an associate of Withers LLP (see below in relation to the genuine firm and solicitors).
The email sent from "Charlie Tee" seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from the email address "Tee.Charlie@AOL.com" and asks for personal information from the recipient in order for a large sum of money to be sent to the recipient as a ‘donation'.
The email also provides a false contact telephone number for "Charlie Tee": +44 74 8886 4510.
The letter sent from "Julia Schtulman" seen by the SRA appears to be an inheritance scam whereby the monies would be split equally between the recipient and "Julia Schtulman". The letter has a fake letterhead reading "Withersworldwide" and a logo of a pair of scales. It asks the recipient to further liaise via a false email address "Juliaschtulman1010101@gmail.com". It is alleged that other letters have been sent that ask the recipient to further liaise with the false email address "Juliaschtulman@outlook.com".
The letter also provides a false contact telephone number for "Julia Schtulman": +44 (0) 2066 38 7095.
The SRA has also had sight of a fake ID created purporting to be "Julia Schtulman", as well as a false Facebook account "https://www.facebook.com/JuliaSchtulman/"
Any business or transactions through the email addresses, telephone number, or registered office address mentioned above 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 Withers LLP. The genuine firm uses email addresses with the domain name "@withersworldwide.com" and does not use the name Withersworldwide or a pair of scales as its letterhead. The firm’s genuine telephone number is +44 20 7597 6000.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Charlie Tee, who is a partner at Withers LLP and whose genuine email address is Charlie.Tee@withersworldwide.com. His genuine telephone number is +44 2075976513.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Julia Schtulman, who is an associate of Withers LLP and whose genuine email address is Julia.Schtulman@withersworldwide.com. Her genuine telephone number is +44 20 7597 6572.
The genuine firm of Withers LLP has confirmed that neither it nor the genuine solicitors of Charlie Tee nor Julia Schtulman have any intended connection to the emails, letters or social media 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.