Warning: Correspondence misusing the name of Jonathan Moody.
12 June 2019
Correspondence has been sent misusing the name of Jonathan Moody in relation to documentation for 'next of kin' for property rights and claiming money for a charity.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that correspondence has been sent misusing the name of a genuine solicitor (see below) in relation to documentation for ‘next of kin’ for property rights and claiming money for a charity.
An email was sent to a member of the public by a potential client of the genuine solicitor requesting them to contact the genuine solicitor to ask for legal documentation regarding ‘next of kin’ for property rights.
The email requested the member of the public to contact the genuine solicitor through the email address "email@example.com".
Further correspondence has also been made through Twitter. A member of the public has requested another individual to contact the genuine solicitor in order to claim money for a charity. The message requested the individual to contact the solicitor through the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" and provided the telephone number "+1 518 841 1104".
The SRA understands that emails such as this have been sent on numerous occasions. Contact has also been made through the email address "email@example.com".
Any business or transactions through the email addresses "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com” are not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA regulates and authorises a genuine solicitor called Jonathan Moody who works for Mayer Brown International LLP and whose genuine email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan Moody and Mayer Brown International LLP have confirmed that they have 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.