Warning: Bogus emails sent in the name of Andrews Ritson

2 October 2017

Members of the public have received e-mails, which falsely claim to be from Claire Messenger of Andrews Ritson Solicitors.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from Claire Messenger of Andrews Ritson Solicitors.

An email seen by the SRA was sent from the email address "" and asks the recipient to forward payment to a new bank account in relation to an ongoing conveyance. The email refers to an attachment named "Andrews Ritson Ltd Client Account" and invites the recipient to make payment to the new account.

The SRA has also been informed that some emails ask the recipient to click on what appears to be a link to the firm's website for details to make a payment.

The emails also give the contact details of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

Any business or transactions conducted from the e-mail address "", are not undertaken by an individual or solicitor's practice authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Andrews Ritson Limited, which trades as Andrews Ritson Solicitors, is a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm's genuine office address is Progress House, Churchill Court, Faraday Drive, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5BA.

The genuine firm of Andrews Ritson Limited has confirmed that it does employ a property executive named Claire Messenger, however it has confirmed that neither the firm or the genuine Claire Messenger have any connection to the emails referred to in the above alert.

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.