If you have received any faxed correspondence from “Harcourt Management LLP”, in relation to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance, Bin it. It is a scam.

I see loads of people online asking questions as to the legitimacy of this fax. It is a fake. Key words to check:

  • Edward Baach JD
  • Harcourt Management LLP
  • Harclaw
  • HarclawLLP
  • Gilmoora house
  • Fax +44 207 806 8315
  • Edward@harclawllp.com
  • Ph +44 742 403 1888
  • edbaach2020@gmail.com
  • www.harclawllp.com
  • info@harclawllp.com
  • charituiti@mail.com
  • Mark Dewing of 89 Nile Road, Bunbury, Western Australia as the registrant of www.harclawllp.com

Don’t communicate as per the directions on the fax. They will ask you to fly over to London to sign paperwork and from there, who knows but it will end badly.

Scams are getting more and more sophisticated. They are getting tricker to detect and look more convincing.

I have personally received such a scam this week and after research online,  I can see that this scam is just starting to occur and is more widespread than I thought.
It is for this reason, I am bringing this to your attention and am going to tell you how I confirmed it is a scam.

Always remember,

If it is too good to be true, it’s likely not true!

That should be your first test. Is what you have received bordering on the unlikely, unbelievable and unfathomable?

At our office,  we have received a fax. (Not an email, a fax). It is directed at me and refers to very real family heritage in the UK.
It promises big rewards and no risk (First test fail!).

It is a directed attack. They have the correct name, correct fax number and correct family lineage.
They have done some research.

Please refer to this image (A copy of the fax). See if it fails your first test.

I am on a number of historical websites, my name is on our Business website and so is the business fax number. This could still be a real fax offer.
So why do I suspect it is not real? Lessons for you to use in any scam that comes your way!

I will mark items on this list which can be checked by an IT person. Not all of this will easily be reviewed by a non IT person.

Firstly, Why did I get this fax? Why not my Father, Cousins, Uncle’s? Surely someone else other than myself would be in line to receive any money before me?

  • Locating the website on the paperwork (harclawllp.com), emailing the email addresses on the website, many of the emails bounce (mailbox unknown). A real company would not let their info@ email address bounce.
  • Looking at the registration for the website, it was registered 28 days ago. The website has stamps on it from 2011 (IT Help required)
  • Looking at the web html code in their website, I can clearly see that the website has been ripped from someone else website and had the text changed. (IT Help required)(From the source code, it seems the design was a template taken from www.18carltoncrescent.co.uk/areas_of_work)
  • The lady justice logo on the fax looks grainy, not at all professional.
  • The fax changes through a few fonts on the fax. Not professional.
  • No mention of where the deceased person concerned actually worked or what the Top insurance agency was.
  • The fax comes from the UK and the stamp on the fax confirms this however, the fax report printed at the printer showed an Australian number.
  • The website was registered by someone in Western Australia. (IT Help required)
  • The western Australian registrant comes up in Google as hosting other scam sites
  • Looking up the law society in the UK (in Google), Harcourt Management LLP does not exist. ( https://www.hg.org/firms-united-kingdom.html )
  • Googling Edward Baach JD, he does not exist (At least not as a barrister or solicitor)
  • Reputable business rarely communicate via a gmail account. Especially when they have business addresses @harclawllp.com
  • Mixing Gmail and harclawllp.com email addresses on the same fax looks bad
  • Gmail account with “2020” in the email address looks wrong for a business.
  • Overuse of exciting logos barcodes, rubber stamps and watermarks.
  • There are two different contact phone numbers on the fax. Googling brings up neither. Law firms would advertise their numbers.
  • The website is very sparse. It was very recently registered https://domain-status.com/archives/2018-4-10/com/registered/108
    https://www.whois.com/whois/harclawllp.com  (IT Help required)
  • There is no online mention or obituary for Arthur Jenkin. Being such a wealthy person, surely there would be something in a newspaper.
  • There is no reference to a person of this name, in London or working for any energy company. (In Google)
  • My family name in the fax is in bold, it has an unusual amount of spaces after it (looks like a mailmerge).
  • LinkedIn found the company name https://www.linkedin.com/company/harcourt-management-limited/?originalSubdomain=au – they are in real estate, not law
  • Searching more for the company https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/search?q=harcourt+management+LLP, https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/06682592 , the address that comes up does not match
  • Emailed Golmoora house (Address on the Fax), they say there is no tenant of that name
  • Googled and found others online trying to establish of this guy was a scammer
  • I Emailed the staff listed on the website staff page (using secondary contact information I found from google). Each one said they did not work there and their images and credentials are being fraudulently used.
  • Clicking Edward Baach JD on the website goes to a William Baach ?
  • This fax was Highly confidential yet faxed to a business with 12 people to read it before it got to my desk … how could he expect a fax to be a secret?
  • The servers for the website are in Russia https://db.aa419.org/fakebanksview.php?key=129289  (IT Help required)

Harclawllp.com is a 28 days old domain, situated in Russian Federation. The domain is linked to the IP address 77.222.62.67.
Registration details show that it was registered on 10 Apr 2018 through pdr ltd. d/b/a publicdomainregistry.com and will expire on 10 Apr 2019.
The site returns a status code of 404. The site is being served through nginx/1.9.12.

So, without a doubt this is a scam. I played along. I emailed the Harclawllp.com address only to be told, please use gmail.
I reviewed the email header (IT Help required) and noted that they are using an email platform called Zoho, it is hosted email in UK. It is often used for spam attacks.

I then made contact via google Gmail. I reviewed the email header (IT Help required) and noted that google lists the email being from a Russian address and also that webmail was used to send it.

This just further adds evidence to this being a huge scam.

The person replying was doing so in broken English. I would suspect that this is not how a lawyer would respond.
In the Communication with the remote person, they tried to put the pressure on to allow them to sign documents in my name, documents unseen.
They also wanted my banking details. They then want me to fly to the UK next week to meet with him. (All designed to put pressure on me and stop me thinking clearly).

I asked the person if family living in London can meet with him as my proxy, he said no, although the fax stated he only came to me due to my last name. Weird. Surely a local “Jenkin” would be better.
He has now tried to convince me to setup my own Gmail as it is more confidential.

I am still in communication and gathering as much detail as I can for a Police case.

I have taken this a lot further than the average person however, this has become the classic example of what to look out for.

Hopefully this will help you all be careful with scams and be able to detect them early, else after further research, determine that they are a scam.

Always remember,

If it is too good to be true, it’s likely not true!