Warning: Emails misusing the name of Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors LLP
15 April 2021
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors LLP providing false bank details.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails falsely claiming to be from 'Tim Nock' at Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors LLP, asking the recipient to make a payment into a different bank account in respect of their purchase.
The emails give the address and DX number for a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). It also gives the email address of a genuine solicitor (see below).
The SRA has been advised that the emails were sent from email addresses with the domain names '@bhrllaw.co.uk' and '@bhrlavv.co.uk'.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors LLP is a genuine law firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Timothy Nock who is employed by the genuine firm of Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors LLP.
Timothy Nock’s genuine email address is email@example.com.
The genuine firm have confirmed that it has no connection to the 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.