Warning: Emails claiming to be from "Leamington Law Chambers" and the website: "www.leamingtonlawchambers.uk"
7 September 2020
Emails have been sent claiming to be from "Babir Adris" of "Leamington Law Chambers" in relation to an unclaimed inheritance.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent claiming to be from "Babir Adris" of "Leamington Law Chambers". The email informs the recipient that Babir Adris is a "Senior Attorney" who represents a deceased member of the recipient’s family. The email states it is contacting the recipient for the claim of his abandoned estate and financial assets left by the deceased. The email asks the recipient to respond to the email address: "firstname.lastname@example.org". The email appears to have come from the email address "email@example.com".
The website for "Leamington Law Chambers", "www.leamingtonlawchambers.uk" is described as a "fast -growing and award-winning law firm". The firm claims to be located at "4 Brewery Street Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37, 8BQ". The website provides the email address: "firstname.lastname@example.org" and other email addresses ending with @leamingtonlawchambers.uk. It also gives the contact numbers "+44 752 063 6246" and "+44 752 063 6246".
The website claims to employ "John Onions" and "Barry Berlin". The website also claims to employ Babir Adris, Laura Johnson, Rebecca H Archer, Robert Lemon (see below).
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Any business or transaction through "Leamington Law Chambers", the website: "www.leamingtonlawchambers.uk" and the email addresses: "email@example.com", "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com" and the contact numbers: "+44 752 063 6246" and "+44 752 063 6246" are not undertaken by an individual or a firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The SRA does authorise and regulate solicitors called Babir Adris, Laura Johnson, Rebecca H Archer, Robert Lemon, none of whom are believed to have any genuine connection to the website and emails referred to above.
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.
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