Alerts

Warning: Telephone calls misusing the name of JR Legal Services

9 August 2017

Members of the public have received telephone calls falsely claiming to be from representatives of JR Legal Services.

What is the scam?

Members of the public have received telephone calls falsely claiming to be from representatives of JR Legal Services.

The SRA has been informed that the calls relate to the offer of legal advice on timeshare properties. The callers used different names, but all falsely claimed they were phoning from "JR Legal" or "JR Legal Services". The calls were made from telephone number 020 3598 8570.

Any business or transactions conducted through "JR Legal" or "JR Legal Services" via the telephone number 020 3598 8570 are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and relate a genuine firm called JR Legal Services Limited. The telephone number for the genuine firm is 020 3700 8075.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no connection to the telephone calls 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.