Emails misusing the names of Allen Cohen and Fladgate LLP
8 February 2017
Members of the public have received scam emails regarding an unclaimed inheritance, which falsely claim to be from Allen Cohen of Fladgate LLP.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails which falsely claim to be from Allen Cohen of Fladgate LLP, regarding obtaining the benefit of an unclaimed inheritance from a previously unknown relative.
The emails claim to relate to money supposedly held by a finance company. The emails seen by the SRA are sent from the email addresses: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The emails seen also misuse the name and address of a genuine firm (see below) and provide contact telephone numbers of +44 793 746 6982 and +44 703 193 6657.
Any business or transactions using the email addresses or telephone numbers set out 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?
Fladgate LLP is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The firm's genuine address is 16 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DG.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Allen Cohen, who is a Partner at the genuine firm of Fladgate LLP.
The genuine firm and genuine solicitor have confirmed that they have no 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.