Warning: Emails misusing the name of Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP
1 March 2021
Emails have been sent misusing the name of Richard Hall of Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP.
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent that falsely claim to be from Richard Andrew Hall of Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP. The emails seen by the SRA relate to a purported inheritance of a very large amount of money, with the recipient having the same surname as a supposedly deceased client.
The emails seen by the SRA were sent from the email addresses 'email@example.com' and 'firstname.lastname@example.org' (with no 's' at the end of the word solicitor – see below for genuine details). The emails also provide a false telephone number of '+44 1202 080448' and a false fax number of '+44 1202 071848'. The emails do however misuse a genuine branch office address of a genuine firm and the firm’s genuine website address (see below).
Any business or transaction through the above email addresses, telephone or fax numbers are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice authorised and regulated by the SRA or by an 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 Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP. The genuine firm’s email domain is @absolicitors.com. Please note the difference of the letter ‘s’ between the false and genuine email domains. The firm’s genuine website is www.absolicitors.com.
The firm’s Moordown branch genuine office address is 912 Wimborne Road, Moordown, Bournemouth, BH9 2DJ. The genuine telephone number is 01202 527008 and the genuine fax number is 01202 532848.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Richard Andrew Hall who is a Partner at Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP. Mr Hall’s genuine email address is email@example.com.
The genuine firm of Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP has confirmed that neither the firm nor their Richard Andrew Hall have any genuine 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.