Warning: Emails misusing the name and address of Axiom Stone Solicitors and website www․axiomstones․co․uk
14 September 2018
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from Parveen Sidhu of Axiom Stone Solicitors, in respect of bank payments and attached documents.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to members of the public, falsely claiming to be from "Parveen Sidhu" of Axiom Stone Solicitors.
Some emails seen by the SRA provide the recipient with bank details and request deposit monies be paid into a particular bank account, in relation to a property transaction. These emails were sent from "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Another email seen by the SRA referred to attached purchase memos and a proprietary lease. This email was sent from "email@example.com" (sections of email addresses highlighted in bold where spelt differently to genuine address – see below). There is a concern that attachments relating to this second email may contain harmful malware.
The emails misuse the name of a genuine solicitor and the postal address, telephone number and website address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The SRA has also received a report that the website "www.axiomstones.co.uk" may have been operating or may operate. This website would not be a genuine website for a firm of solicitors (see below for a similar website address of a genuine firm).
Any business or transactions through the email addresses or website set out 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?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Parveen Sidhu who is a solicitor at Axiom Stone Limited (trading as Axiom Stone Solicitors), which is a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The genuine firm’s registered address is Axiom House, 1 Spring Villa Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EB. The firm's telephone number is 0208 951 6989 and the genuine website address is www.axiomstone.co.uk. The genuine firm’s general email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and the firm have confirmed that all genuine email addresses of staff at the firm end with "@axiomstone.co.uk"
The genuine firm have confirmed to the SRA that they have no genuine connection to the sending of the emails referred to in the above alert.
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.