Warning: Letter misusing the name “Sookias & Sookias Solicitors”
21 February 2018
A letter has been sent falsely claiming to be from Sookias & Sookias Solicitors, in relation to an outstanding invoice.
What is the scam?
The SRA has received a report that a letter claiming to be from “Daniel Foster” at Sookias & Sookias Solicitors has been sent to a member of the public. The letter claims to relate to an outstanding invoice, and gives the postal address for a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The letter seen by the SRA claims to be a “Final Letter before commencing legal action” and refers the recipient to an outstanding invoice amount. The letter invites the recipient to pay the outstanding amount within a period of 30 days, otherwise legal action will be commenced for the outstanding amount.
Any business or transactions through “Daniel Foster” claiming to be from Sookias & Sookias Solicitors are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Sookias & Sookias Solicitors. The genuine firm’s head office is at 24 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6AZ. The genuine firm have confirmed that they do not have any connection with the correspondence referred to in the above alert. The genuine firm have also confirmed that they do not employ anybody by the name of “Daniel Foster”.
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.