Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name Duccio Faraoni

10 October 2017

A member of the public has received emails falsely claiming to be from “Duccio Faraoni Esq”, regarding an unclaimed inheritance. 

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received emails falsely claiming to be from “Duccio Faraoni Esq”. 

The emails refer to an unclaimed inheritance from someone with the same surname as the recipient of the emails.  An email seen by the SRA has several documents attached, including a “Deed of Deposit” for £6,800,000.00, a “Deed of Lodge” and a “Death Certificate”. Another email seen by the SRA and ask the recipient to send scanned copies of their ID documents. 

The emails seen by the SRA were sent from email addresses “ducc.faraoni@gmail.com” and “ducc27.faraoni@gmail.com”.

Any business or transactions through the email addresses above 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 named Duccio Faraoni.

The genuine Mr Faraoni has confirmed that he has 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.