Alerts

Warning: Letter misusing the name of Vardags Limited

11 August 2017

A letter has been sent in relation to an unclaimed inheritance falsely claiming to be from "Edward Spooner" of "Vardags Solicitors".

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a letter has been sent by fax, to a member of the public, falsely claiming to be from "Edward Spooner, Attorney" at "Vardags Solicitors".

The letter seen by the SRA relates to an unclaimed life insurance policy for someone with the same surname as the recipient of the correspondence.

The letter provides a contact telephone number of +442032879275, the fax number +442037695770 and the email address "edspner@gmail.com". The address of a genuine law firm is also provided (see below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate any solicitor by the name of "Edward Spooner".

Any business or transactions through "Edward Spooner" or the contact details listed above, are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Vardags Limited is a genuine law firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. Vardags Limited also uses a trading name of Vardags.

The genuine firm's head office is based at 10 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7NG. It's genuine telephone number is 0207 404 9390 and fax number is 0207 404 8995.

The genuine Vardags Limited confirms that it has no connection to the letter 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.