Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name of Bruce Laird and Astwood Law

11 January 2017

Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from Bruce Laird at Astwood Law, in respect of an unclaimed inheritance.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails falsely claiming to be from Bruce Laird at Astwood Law, in respect of an unclaimed inheritance from a supposedly deceased client with a similar surname to the recipient of the email.

The emails have been sent from the email address brucellaird@outlook.com and provide a contact telephone number of 0792 455 1310 . The scam emails seen by the SRA also provide the genuine postal and website address of the genuine firm (see below).

Any business or transactions through the email address brucellaird@outlook.com or telephone number 0792 455 1310 are not carried out by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Update – 18 January 2017

The SRA have received further information that emails falsely claiming to be from Bruce Laird of Astwood Law have also been sent from the email addresses "brulaird@outlook.com" and "brucelairdesq@hotmail.com".

Any business or transactions through the email addresses "brulaird@outlook.com" and "brucelairdesq@hotmail.com" are not carried out by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Astwood Law is a genuine law firm authorised and regulated by the SRA. Bruce Laird is a genuine solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA, who is the sole practitioner of Astwood Law.

The address of the genuine Astwood Law is 39 Prospect Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4BS, its website is www.astwoodlaw.co.uk and its contact telephone numbers are 01527 584 155 or 0800 086 8149.

The genuine Bruce Laird of Astwood Law has confirmed that he and the firm have no connection to the emails 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.