Warning: Correspondence misusing the name of Bone & Payne
14 May 2019
Correspondence has been sent misusing the name of Bone & Payne requesting a payment to be made into a bank account.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that correspondence has been sent misusing the name of Bone & Payne, requesting payments to be made into a bank account.
The letter seen by the SRA informs the recipient that there is an "unpaid payment note" in respect of a particular matter, and asks for payment of "£5,778" to be paid into a bank account.
The letter seen by the SRA uses the names, addresses and contact numbers of the genuine firm (see below). The letter also refers to genuine solicitors and fee earners (see below).
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Bone & Payne LLP. The head office address is 55 Madoc Street, Llandudno, Conwy, Wales, LL30 2TW.
Bone & Payne LLP also have branch offices at: 13 Wynnstay Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 8NB. The telephone number is 01492 532 385, and 333 Abergele Road, Old Colwyn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 9PG. The telephone number for this office is 01492 515371.
The letter seen by the SRA also refers to “Bone & Payne trading as Guest Pritchard & Co, 2 Cadwgan Road, Old Colwyn. 01492 51537”. The SRA did authorise and regulate Guest Pritchard & Co (SRA ID: 50334) but this firm ceased trading on 1 October 1995.
Bone & Payne LLP and its current employees have confirmed that they have no connection with the matters reported 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.