Andrew Hurrell identity stolen by scammer

An email scam which is being sent to New Zealand lawyers and others uses the name and identity of a genuine English solicitor called Andrew Hurrell. The English Solicitors Regulation Authority has issued a warning about this particular scam (which uses their name at the bottom).

This particular scam uses the last name of the recipient and has been used many times. As is usual, the bad English points to a lack of legal training (and it's unusual for lawyers to have two spellings of their last name).

Thorpe Bay Office

158 The Broadway

Thorpe Bay

Southend on Sea

Essex SS1 3EU

Hello [first and last names of recipient]

I am Andrew Hurrell, Sole executor of late Mr. Peter [last name of recipient],  estate. Peter was a businessman who lived and died in the UK but had businesses in Pakistan and the Middle East.

I have tried to find his extended relatives whom shall be suitor/inheritor to his abandoned personal estate and all such attempt has been to no advantage. The bank has threatened to seize these abandoned personal assets; in line with existing laws.

On this note, I decided once more to look for a possible family member (regardless distant). I need your approval to introduce you as the closest family member to him. I have good records that would bestow you legal rights.

Feel free to send me your contact telephone number and best time for calls so we can discuss further on this.

Best regards,

Andrew Hurrel

Tel: +447872282330 

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