Warning: Individual using the name Kerry Marie Ferson
11 July 2019
Correspondence has been sent from an individual purporting to be a solicitor, using the name Kerry Marie Ferson.
What is the scam?
Correspondence has been sent from an individual purporting to be a solicitor, misusing the name Kerry Marie Ferson.
Correspondence seen by the SRA was sent through the website ‘geebombaa.com’, an online marketplace.
A member of the public sought legal advice and approached the individual using the name Kerry Marie Ferson on the online marketplace. Kerry Marie Ferson has advertised on the basis that she is a ‘qualified UK solicitor, has a master’s degree in internet law and data security, has experience in drafting and reviewing legal documents and substantial experience with eCommerce and GDPR’. The individual also claims to hold professional indemnity insurance.
The member of the public asked Kerry Marie Ferson whether she would be able to deal with a project for them to which she agreed. The member of the public has paid Kerry Marie Ferson around £700 for work which has not been completed.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate an individual with the name Kerry Marie Ferson.
Any business or transactions through the name and website listed above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
There is no genuine firm or person related to the above scam.
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.