Warning: Email misusing the name of Walker Morris
19 February 2021
An email has been sent that falsely claims to be from a Partner of Walker Morris
What is the scam?
An email has been sent falsely claiming to from John Hamer of Walker Morris.
The email seen by the SRA asks the recipient about a Life Insurance claim that they need to sign to release the funds on the basis that they share the surname of the deceased.
The email was sent from the email address "email@example.com" (see below for genuine details).
Any business or transactions undertaken through the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" are not undertaken by a firm or 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 Walker Morris. The firm’s genuine email domain is @walkermorris.co.uk.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it has a Partner called John Hamer. His genuine email address is email@example.com.
The genuine firm of Walker Morris has confirmed that neither the firm nor their genuine John Hamer have any connection to the email 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.