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Correspondence misusing the name Winckworth Sherwood; and the website “www․swlaws․co․uk” – 15 May 2020

Correspondence sent misusing the name Winckworth Sherwood, and the website “www․swlaws․co․uk” falsely claiming to be our website. 

What is this scam?

Several members of the public have received a faxed letter claiming to be from various partners within our firm, the header of the faxed letter misuses the name “Winckworth Sherwood”. The letter relates to pursuing a claim from a purportedly unclaimed inheritance, with the recipient of the letter understood to have the same last name of a supposedly deceased client.

The letter provides a telephone number of “011 44 74044 53543” a fax number of “011 44 12 1368 2037” and fake email addresses of several of our partners. An example of such email addresses used is “andrewbedford52@gmail.com” and “andrewbedford@swlaws.co.uk”. The letter also provides, and misuses, our genuine head office address.

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called “Law Winckworth Sherwood” (but do recognise our details as a genuine solicitor and firm).

Also, the website “www.swlaws.co.uk” is operating. This website has falsely cloned and misuses pages from our website but provides only one, false, contact number of +44 20 3097 1792.

Any business or transactions through the website, telephone numbers or email addresses set out above are not undertaken by a solicitors’ firm or a solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.