Warning: Website "https://petershonellp․com"
24 June 2019
The website "https://petershonellp․com" is operating.
What is the scam?
The website "https://petershonellp․com" is operating, falsely claiming to for a firm of solicitors based in London.
The website provides the telephone number "+44 208 089 9597", fax number " +44 203 905 2733”, and postal address 170 Kennington Ln, Lambeth, London SE11 5DP, United Kingdom./ It also gives the email addresses “email@example.com” and “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
The website also misuses the SRA ID of a genuine firm (see below) and the names of several genuine solicitors (see below).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Peter Shone Solicitors". Any business or transactions undertaken through the above website or through the telephone number, fax number and email addresses above is not undertaken by a solicitors’ practice or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Colemans Solicitors LLP, whose SRA ID number is 459897. The genuine website for the firm is www.colemans.co.uk and its genuine office is at 5.1 Switchback Office Park, Gardner Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7RJ. The genuine telephone number for the genuine head office is 01628 631051, its genuine fax number is 01628 622106 and its genuine email address is email@example.com.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Peter Shone, who is the Recognised Sole Practitioner at the genuine firm called Peter B Shone, which is based in Hampshire. The genuine Peter Shone has confirmed that his firm does not a website, and has also confirmed that neither he nor his firm is connected to the website 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.