Warning: Website “www.adam-smithlaw.com” does not relate to a genuine firm of solicitors
3 September 2019
The website "www․adam-smithlaw․com" is operating, falsely claiming to be a genuine law firm (see below regarding genuine firms)․
What is the scam?
The website " www.adam-smithlaw.com" is operating, falsely claiming to be for a law firm called “Adam Smith Solicitors” with an address in London. The website also misuses the pictures names of some genuine solicitors (see below).
The website provides the telephone number “744 730 0677”; an email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” and a postal / office address supposedly in Chancery Lane, London.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called "Adam Smith Solicitors".
Any business or transactions undertaken through the above website or through the email address or telephone number above are not undertaken by a solicitors’ practice or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The website " www.adam-smithlaw.com/index.html" is a clone of a genuine firm of solicitors’ website: “www.mackenzieco.co.uk/”.
The SRA authorises and regulates the genuine firm of Mackenzie & Co (SRA ID: 76346), which has its office at 146 London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 5BG and whose genuine website is “www.mackenzieco.co.uk”.
The SRA understands that the pictures used in the “OUR TEAM” section of the bogus website are pictures and names of solicitors and other individuals which have been taken from the website of the genuine firm of Mackenzie & Co.
The genuine firm of Mackenzie & Co has confirmed that it has no connection to the website referred to in the above alert.
None of the genuine solicitors and individuals, whose photos and names have been misused in the website referred to in the above alert, are believed to have any connection to the bogus website.
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.