Warning: Website for "Smith & George Solicitors"
15 March 2018
The website “www.sgesolicitors.com” is operating, which falsely claims to be for a regulated firm.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a website is operating from “www.sgesolicitors.com”.
The website falsely claims to be for a law firm based in London. The website provides an address of “Exchange House, Primrose St, London, EC2A 2EG”. It also provides an email address of “firstname.lastname@example.org” and a telephone number as “+44 744 0969468”.
The website is not a website for a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The website misuses the address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through the website, telephone number or email address shown above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate the genuine firm of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (trading as Herbert Smith Freehills). The genuine firm’s head office is at “Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG”. The genuine firm’s website is “www.herbertsmithfreehills.com”.
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.