Warning: Emails from "Shawn Dawson" / "Shawn Law Chambers"
10 May 2019
Emails have been sent claiming to be from "Shawn Dawson" and "Shawn Law Chambers", in relation to an inheritance.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to a member of the public from "Shawn Dawson" from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org in relation to unclaimed monies. The SRA has been advised that the recipient of the emails was asked to deposit "1000 pounds" and was told that once this money has been transferred the inheritance funds will be available. The recipient was also asked to confirm once the payment has been processed by sending a photo to "Barrister Shawn Dawson Shawn-Law-Chambers".
The SRA has also been advised that the names "Sean Dawson" and "Shawn Love Chambers" were also provided to the recipient, along with the telephone number "+1 (385) 355 3941".
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called "Shawn Law Chambers" or "Shawn Love Chambers" nor does it authorise or regulate a solicitor called "Shawn Dawson" or "Sean Dawson". Any business or transaction through the above names or contact details is not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an induvial authorised or regulated by the SRA.
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.