Warning: "ABN Solicitors" and the website "www․abnsolicitorsltd․com"
4 September 2020
The website "www․abnsolicitorsltd․com" is operating, which claims to be for a firm of solicitors called "ABN Solicitors Ltd" based in London․
What is the scam?
The website " www.abnsolicitorsltd.com" is operating, which falsely claims to be for a firm of solicitors called "ABN Solicitors Ltd" based in London․
The website provides the telephone number "0207 097 8732", a fax number "0122 441 8637" an email address of "email@example.com" and an office postal address of a genuine firm of solicitors; "443 Rayners Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 5ET"(please see genuine postal address below).
The website misuses the names of multiple genuine solicitors. The website also misuses the SRA identification "11442391". This is a bogus SRA identification number and it does not belong to a genuine firm of solicitors or to an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA. The SRA has been informed that emails have been falsely sent to members of the public in relation to a commercial transaction. The emails are claiming to be from Counsel "Michael Pattemore" and "John Williams Burns". Emails have been sent from "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com".
Any business or transactions through the website " www.abnsolicitorsltd.com ", or from any of the contact details provided above, including the email addresses, are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called ABN Solicitors Ltd whose genuine Head Office address is 443 Rayners Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 5ET. The firm’s genuine telephone number is 020 3475 9799, fax number is 020 8866 3797 and their genuine SRA ID number is 650198. The firm also has an office in Luton. ABN Solicitors Limited has confirmed that it has no connection to the website referred to in the above alert.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a number of solicitors whose names are misused on the bogus website mentioned above. None of these genuine solicitors are believed to have any connection with the website 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.