Warning: Email from "James Campbell" misusing the name Shearman & Sterling LLP

9 August 2017

An email has been sent in relation to an inheritance matter, falsely claiming to be from James Campbell at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that an email has been recently sent that falsely claims to be from "James Campbell" at "Shearman & Sterling LLP". The email seen by the SRA asks the recipient to contact a finance company to make a claim for a supposed release of inheritance monies.

The email has been sent from "".

The email misuses the name and address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below) but gives a contact telephone number of +44 703 196 6244.

Any business or transactions carried out through the email address or telephone number above are not undertaken by a genuine solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP is a genuine firm that is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm's address is 9 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2AP and the genuine firm’s telephone number for the London office is 020 7655 5000.

The SRA does authorise and regulate several genuine solicitors named James Campbell, none of whom are currently employed at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no connection to the email referred to 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.