Warning: Emails misusing the name "Poorvi Chothani"
22 March 2018
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Poorvi Chothani" of LawQuest.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent that falsely claim to be from "Poorvi Chothani", at "LawQuest".
An email seen by the SRA asks the recipient if it has received an email dated 3/2/2018, as they are awaiting a response.
The email states it is sent from "Poorvi Chothani" of LawQuest. However, the email appears to have been sent from the email addresses "email@example.com”.
The email provides a telephone number of "+91 22 4002 0955", a fax number as “+91 22 2216 3254” and also misuses the genuine postal and website address for a genuine foreign law practice (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email addresses, telephone and fax number above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
LawQuest is a genuine foreign law practice which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine foreign law practice has its head office at 103 Maker Tower F, 10th Floor, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400005, India. Its genuine website is www.lawquestinternational.com, genuine telephone number is “+ 91 22 4002 0954” and genuine fax number is “+91 22 2216 3215”.
The SRA does regulate a genuine solicitor by the name of Poorvi Chothani, who is solicitor at the genuine foreign law practice of LawQuest.
The genuine foreign law practice and genuine solicitor have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails referred to above.
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.