Alerts

Warning: Correspondence misusing the name "Neuman Partners LLP"

11 July 2017

Correspondence has been sent in relation to an unclaimed inheritance falsely claiming to be from "Edward Spooner" of "Neuman Partners LLP".

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a letter and an email has been recently sent to a member of the public falsely claiming to be from "Edward Spooner, Attorney", at Neuman Partners LLP.

The correspondence 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 which the SRA has seen states it is from "Edward Spooner" "Partner" at Neuman Partners LLP. The letter provides a contact telephone number of 011 44 797 825 4097 / +44 797 825 4097 and email addresses of "edsp2020@gmail.com" and "edward@neumanpllp.com". A postal address is given as "11 Pilgrim Street, London EC4V 6RN".

Any business or transactions through the email addresses "edsp2020@gmail.com" and "edward@neumanpllp.com" or 011 44 797 825 4097 / +44 797 825 4097 are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Neuman LLP was a genuine firm which was authorised and regulated by the SRA, and which was closed on 07 July 2017. The genuine firm had its head office at 11 Pilgrim Street, London, EC4V 6RN.

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

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.