Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name of Wanda A. Adam

24 November 2017

Emails have been sent misusing the name of Wanda A. Adam in respect of investment opportunities.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails and documents regarding an investment opportunity, including an "Escrow Agreement", have been sent to members of the public, misusing the name Wanda A Adam. The emails and Escrow Agreement use the SRA ID number of the genuine solicitor (see section below). They also provide an address in Mayfair, London, W1 W1J.

The Agreement asks the recipients to transfer sums of money in different currencies and they will then receive an "Investment Fund" of $1,500,000.

One of the emails states that Ms Adam can only be contacted by email and provides the email address wanda.a.adam@zoho.eu.

Any business or transactions through the email address "wanda.a.adam@zoho.eu" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Wanda A. Adam under the genuine SRA ID number 334083.

The genuine solicitor Wanda A. Adam has confirmed to the SRA that she has no connection with the emails referred to above or to an address in Mayfair, London.

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.