Regulator points alert 🚨
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued an alert after fraudsters used the identify of a Metropolis regulation agency as a part of a phone rip-off the place members of the general public are knowledgeable they’ve received the lottery.
The dodgy caller claims their unsuspecting goal has “won an American or Canadian lottery” and has simply 15 days to gather the money, according to the regulator’s notice.
Members of the general public report the caller falsely claims to work for Simmons and in at the least one occasion, identifies themselves as “Matthew Perry”.
Simmons confirmed that it doesn’t have any reference to the phone calls.
A agency spokesperson instructed Authorized Cheek: “Simmons & Simmons is aware of these lottery related scam calls to the public using the Simmons & Simmons name. We have notified the SRA and we continue to keep them informed.”
“Our website has also been updated to include this particular scam alert. Where we have been contacted directly by members of the public, we have been responding to them to confirm that the call is not genuine and that Simmons & Simmons has no involvement in these matters.”
The SRA stated it authorises and regulates a number of real solicitors referred to as Matthew Perry, none of whom have any connection to the calls.
Sadly this isn’t the primary time fraudsters have used the identify of Metropolis regulation companies to add a veneer of legitimacy to their scamming.
Earlier this 12 months Authorized Cheek reported that fraudsters have been pretending to be Linklaters in textual content messages regarding a “foreign business transaction”, whereas extra lately wrongens have been stated to be utilizing a faux Reed Smith “ID card” to demand Bitcoin from customers on a courting web site.