Scam Alert - Advance Fee Fraud - 'Real Time Claims Advisory Group'
We have been notified of a new advanced fee scam in which parties seem to be using the name Simpson Millar LLP to perpetrate fraud. Two very similar incidents have been reported to Simpson Millar by members of the public in the last week, further details of which are set out below:
- We took a call on 10 February 2016 from a member of the public advising that he had been contacted by a Stacy Walker from Real Time Claims Advisory Group. He had been told that he had made a PPI claim through Simpson Millar in London and that one of SM’s solicitors, a Susan Williams, was going to visit him with a cheque for £4,000. We advised him that we thought this was a scam and that he was welcome to get back in touch with any further details. He hasn’t done so.
We have no connection to a company called Real Time Claims Advisory Group nor do we have any solicitors or employees that work for Simpson Millar in the names of Stacy Walker or Susan Williams.
- Today (17th February 2016), we have taken a call from another member of the public. She has also been contacted by a company called Real Time Claims Advisory Group Tel: 0161 8187265 and spoke to two people there called Kenneth and Robert. They informed her that they had a cheque for her for £4,400 for unclaimed PPI but she would have to pay £300 on her card to obtain it. They then contacted her again to say the amount was actually £8,500 but that she would need to pay £650 on her card to receive the cheque, which she has unfortunately done. They again advised that Simpson Millar were the solicitors acting in connection with that PPI claim. We have recommended that she make a report to Action Fraud and provided their contact details or alternatively suggested that she speak directly to the police.
We do not employ any of the above individuals at Simpson Millar LLP and as far as we are aware the SRA does not authorise or regulate them. The telephone number 0161 8187265 is not one that we recognise and when called a message says the service cannot be connected.In addition to this update, we have requested that the SRA place a Scam Alert notice on their website in respect of these incidents to warn the public about this matter.
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