Warning: Website misusing the name of Thomas O’Maoileoin and cloning the website of Axiom Stone Solicitor
7 June 2019
A website has been set up misusing the name of Thomas O’Maoileoin and cloning the website of Axiom Stone Solicitors.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that the website "www.thomasomaoileoinltd.com" has been set up misusing the name of a genuine solicitor (see below) and cloning the website of another genuine firm (see below).
The website provides in the 'Contact Us' section the address of a genuine firm (see below) and also provides the telephone numbers "+44 20 3322 7479" and "+44 20 3239 2762", the fax number "+44 20 39052838" and email address "email@example.com".
The website also provides the names of genuine solicitors in the 'Our Partners' section. None of the solicitors mentioned in the "Our Partners" section are believed to be connected with this website or purported firm.
Any business or transactions through the above website, telephone numbers, fax number and email address are not undertaken by an authorised solicitors' practice or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates an individual by the name of Thomas O’Maoileoin whose genuine email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas O'Maoileoin works at Thomas and Thomas Partners LLP, a genuine law firm authorised and regulated by the SRA, the address of which is 38a Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9EP, genuine telephone number is 020 7042 0410 and genuine email address is email@example.com.
Thomas O’Maoileoin and Thomas and Thomas Partners LLP have confirmed that they have no connection to the matters mentioned above.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Axiom Stone Limited (trading as Axiom Stone Solicitors) whose genuine website is https://www.axiomstone.co.uk/.
Axiom Stone Limited has confirmed that it has no connection to the 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.