Warning: Letters from Steve Abraham on behalf of NJ Law Solicitors
6 August 2019
A letter has been sent claiming to be from "Mr Steve Abraham For and on-behalf of N.J.Law Solicitors".
What is the scam?
The SRA has seen a letter that claims to be sent from "Mr Steve Abraham For and on-behalf of N.J.Law Solicitors". The letter has a stamp by Mr Steve Abraham’s name which states the name of the firm to be “N.J. Law Solicitors”. The letter refers to a Power of Attorney to Dr Iyan Kean and that money has been left for investment projects.
The letter provides the address for the firm as 89 Goldhawk Rd, Hammersmith, London W12 8DZ, telephone and fax number +447781514272 and an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org."
Any business or transactions conducted through "Mr Steve Abraham For and on-behalf of N.J.Law Solicitors" using the address, telephone or fax number and the email address above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a firm called NJ Law Solicitors whose genuine office address is 89 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12 8DZ. The genuine telephone number is 020 8222 6655 and its genuine email address is email@example.com.
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor with the name Stephen Abraham. He does not work at the genuine firm of N J Law Solicitors and has confirmed to the SRA that he has no connection to the matters set out above.
The genuine firm NJ Law Solicitors has also confirmed to the SRA that it has no connection to the matters set out in this 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.