Warning: Emails misusing the details of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP
4 January 2021
Emails have been sent misusing the details of Peters & Peters Solicitor LLP, and solicitor Keith Oliver.
What is the scam?
We have been notified that individuals have received emails falsely claiming to be from a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The email seen by the SRA purports to be from a Claire Steenburg and refers to a proposal, purportedly from Peters & Peters Law firm. This email appears to have been sent via Linkedin.
The SRA has been notified that emails purporting to be sent from Keith Oliver of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP have been received by members of the public. The emails contain a bank draft along with an attachment entitled ‘Good, Clean Funds Statement & Source of Funds’. The attachment also includes a copy of a US Passport.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP whose head office is based at 15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BW.
The SRA authorises and regulates a solicitor by the name Keith Oliver who works at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.
The SRA does not regulate an individual by the name Claire Steenburg.
The genuine firm of solicitors, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, confirmed that they do not employ an individual by the name Claire Steenburg.
Genuine emails from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP use the domain “@petersandpeters.com”
The genuine firm of Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP has confirmed that the firm does not nor do any of its solicitors have any genuine and intended connection to the emails referred to in the alert 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.