Important warning – identity theft scam

Beware of a phishing scam using the identity of a Burges Salmon partner.

11 January 2018

We are aware that email correspondence has been sent to members of the public by an individual purporting to be John Barnett, one of the firm’s private client partners, using the email address ‘johnibarnett@hotmail.com’. These emails refer to a potential inheritance or investment involving a family member “who lived and passed away in the UK”.

These are phishing emails which aim to persuade recipients to hand over money in order to claim the so-called inheritance.

Burges Salmon LLP, and John Barnett, have no connection with this correspondence. We have informed ActionFraud and the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) about this fraudulent activity.

View the SRA's alert.

If you receive correspondence from the above Hotmail address, or from someone appearing to be John Barnett in connection with a potential investment, it is important that you take steps to verify this information with Burges Salmon LLP by reliable means or using our web contact form.