Warning: Emails misusing the name and details of Kingsley Napley LLP
6 June 2019
Emails from "stephenparkinsonuk@gmail․com", falsely claiming to be from Stephen Parkinson of Kingsley Napley LLP in relation to an inheritance issue.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received an email falsely claiming to be from Kingsley Napley LLP. The SRA understands that the recipient had been asked, by an acquaintance made over the internet, to help access or release a supposedly large inheritance by making initial payments of taxes or fees.
The email seen by the SRA has been sent from "Stephen Parkinson" from the email address "email@example.com", and misuses the name, registered postal address and website address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). The email seeks to reassure the member of the public that the proposed transaction is not a scam.
The email provides supposed direct dial and switchboard numbers of "+44 (0)207 815 1268" and "+44 (0)20 3 314 1900". The numbers do not appear to be currently in service.
Any business or transaction through the above email address or contact telephone numbers 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 does authorise and regulate a genuine firm by the name of Kingsley Napley LLP (SRA ID: 500046), whose head office is at Knights Quarter, 14 St John’s Lane, London, EC1M 4AJ. The genuine website for the firm is www.kingsleynapley.co.uk. Their head office contact number is +44 (0)20 7814 1200.
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Stephen Parkinson, who is a partner at Kingsley Napley LLP.
Both Kingsley Napley LLP and the genuine Stephen Parkinson have confirmed they have no connection to the email 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.