Emails misusing the name Penningtons Manches LLP
6 December 2016
Emails sent which misuse the name and contact details of Penningtons Manches LLP.
What is the scam?
Members of the public have received e-mails which misuse the name and contact details of Penningtons Manches LLP. The emails were sent from "Rose Mcvay".
The emails have the subject heading "Good Morning," and refer to an unclaimed inheritance after an unnamed client and his family members died in a car accident. The emails ask the recipient to provide their full name, telephone and fax numbers, address, age, marital status and occupation to facilitate the transfer of a large deposit of money that was left by the client.
The email seen by the SRA provides the address 125 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7AW, telephone number +447937466790 and the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Any business or transactions conducted through "Rose Mcvay", the email address "email@example.com" or the telephone number +447937466790 are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Penningtons Manches LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm does have a head office address of 125 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7AW. The genuine firm of Penningtons Manches LLP confirm that the emails referred to above are not genuine, and that its name and address details have been used without its permission and knowledge within the false emails.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate an individual with the name "Rose Mcvay".
The SRA has also been advised by Penningtons Manches LLP that they do not employ anyone called Rose Mcvay.
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.