Warning: Emails misusing the name Christopher De Pury
10 September 2020
Emails have been sent misusing the name of Christopher De Pury in relation to international financing.
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent that falsely claim to be from Chris De Pury, using the email address "email@example.com". The emails seen by the SRA relate to an international financing arrangement.
Any business or transactions through the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" is not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or 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 Christopher Mark De Pury, who is a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and whose genuine email address is email@example.com.
The genuine Christopher De Pury has confirmed that he has no 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.