Warning: Emails misusing the name of Josiah-Lake Gardiner Ltd

30 September 2019

Emails have been sent misusing the name of Josiah-Lake Gardiner Ltd, enclosing a supposed link to an encrypted message.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to members of the public from various “spoofed” legitimate email addresses of Josiah-Lake Gardiner Ltd. The emails seen by the SRA are headed “Invoice 34264” and informs the recipients of a supposedly encrypted message for review.

 The email states that it is intended for the recipient and that it may contain information that is confidential.

 A concern is that any such emails or links may contain malware if opened.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Josiah-Lake Gardiner Ltd. The genuine email domain for the firm is; ‘’

 The genuine firm has confirmed it has no connection to the above emails.

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.