Alerts

Warning: Email misusing the name O'Neill Patient Solicitors LLP

17 February 2017

The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent which falsely claims to be from O'Neill Patient Solicitors LLP.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent which falsely claims to be from O'Neill Patient Solicitors LLP.

The email claims to relate to the purchase of a property and attaches a "TR1 form", which may contain harmful malware if opened.

The email seen by the SRA was sent from the email address "alkarim.ay@gmail.com" and claims to be sent from "Patel A Richard" who is described as a case manager. The email also provides an email address "patel.alkarim@oneillpatient.co.uk".

The email also provides a postal address, telephone number and fax number for a genuine firm (see below).

Any business or transactions undertaken by "Patel A Richard" or through the email addresses "patel.alkarim@oneillpatient.co.uk" and "alkarim.ay@gmail.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Update – 20 February 2017

The SRA has received information that emails are continuing to be sent which falsely claim to be from O'Neill Patient Solicitors LLP.

The email seen by the SRA was sent from the email address "okokonedet2@gmail.com" and claims to be sent from "Brenda Nadine" who is described as a case manager. The email also provides an email address "okoko.brenda@oneillpatient.co.uk".

The email also provides the same postal address, telephone number and fax number for the genuine firm (see below).

Any business or transactions undertaken by "Brenda Nadine" or through the email addresses "okoko.brenda@oneillpatient.co.uk" and "okokonedet2@gmail.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

O'Neill Patient Solicitors LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.

The postal address Chester House, 2 Chester Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Cheshire, SK7 5NT included in the email referred to above is a genuine address linked to the genuine firm.

The telephone number 0161 694 3153 and the fax number 0844 453 7056 included in the email referred to above are genuine contact details linked to the genuine firm O'Neill Patient Solicitors LLP.

The genuine O'Neill Patient Solicitors LLP have confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to the email referred to above and that they do not employ anyone called Patel A Richard.

The firm has posted a warning about hoax communications on its website.

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.