SRA Warning: Website claiming to be for a law firm called ‘Tax Appeal Solicitors’
12 August 2022
The website at ‘www.hmrctaxappealsolicitors.co.uk’ s operating claiming to be for a law firm called ‘Tax Appeal Solicitors’.
[Much of the content of the website has been plagiarised (copied and pasted) from other legitimate law firm and accountancy websites.]
What is the scam?
The website at ‘www.hmrctaxappealsolicitors.co.uk’ is operating claiming to be for a law firm called ‘Tax Appeal Solicitors’ and refers to “our city of London expert solicitors and barristers”.
The website provides a telephone number of ‘0208 058 2006’.
[The same phone number is used on a number of other similarly plagiarised websites:
hmrctaxappealsolicitors.co.uk (identified by the SRA as a scam on 12 August 2022)
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called ‘Tax Appeal Solicitors’.
Any business or transaction through ‘Tax Appeal Solicitors’, or the above website and telephone number above are not undertaken by a firm or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
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.