Unsolicited telephone calls from people claiming to be from "Cook and Co Solicitors"
29 November 2016
Unsolicited calls are being made to companies from people claiming to be from "Cook & Co Solicitors".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that unsolicited telephone calls are being made to various companies from people claiming to be from "Cook and Co Solicitors".
The caller may claim to be "James Cook" or to be calling on his behalf.
The SRA is advised that the caller requests the recipient of the call to provide details of private and confidential information about themselves and other people in the company being called. If the recipient refuses to provide this information then the caller may become abusive or aggressive.
Any business or transactions through these unsolicited calls are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Cook and Co Solicitors is a trading name of Charles Cook & Company, a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm does not employ anyone with the name James Cook.
The SRA does authorise and regulate a number of individuals with the name James Cook or James Cooke.
The genuine firm of Cook and Co Solicitors and the genuine individuals with the name James Cook or James Cooke do not have any connection to the unsolicited calls being made 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.