Emails falsely claiming to be from BCL Solicitors LLP
16 November 2016
Emails have been sent which falsely claim to be from "Oliver Drury" of "BCL Solicitors LLP".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent which falsely claim to be from "Oliver Drury" of "BCL Solicitors LLP". The emails claim to enclose draft contract documentation, which may contain malware.
The emails seen by the SRA have been sent from the email addresses "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org". The emails seen by the SRA provide a telephone number of "+44 (0)20 7430 2299", a fax number of "+44 (0)20 7430 1123". The emails also include a genuine address, DX address, website address and SRA identification number for the genuine firm (see below).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor named "Oliver Drury".
Any business or transactions conducted through the email addresses "email@example.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org", or telephone numbers "+44 (0)20 7430 2299" and "+44 (0)20 7430 1123", or in the name of "Oliver Drury" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
BCL Solicitors LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The genuine firm does have an office at 51 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LZ which is authorised and regulated with the SRA identification number of 630433. BCL Solicitors LLP's genuine telephone number is +44 (0)20 7430 2277 and its fax number is +44 (0)20 7430 1101.
The genuine BCL Solicitors LLP has confirmed that it does not have any connection to the emails referred to in the above warning.
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.
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