Warning: Emails from "Lawrence Law Firm, PLLC" regarding an inheritance matter
27 September 2019
Emails have been sent from "Jason Lawrence", falsely claiming to be the founder and owner of "Lawrence Law Firm PLLC".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent from “Jason Lawrence” in relation to a supposed inheritance.
The emails seen by the SRA inform the recipient they are entitled to “6.8 million” following the death of a relative. The email refers to splitting the proceeds of inheritance between the sender of the email and the recipient on a 40% to 60 basis.
The email seen by the SRA provides an email address of “firstname.lastname@example.org” and a contact number of “+44 7537 182688”. The address provided is 99 Bishop Gate, London, United Kingdom (see below). The SRA ID provided is 78180 (see below).
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a person by the name of “Jason Lawrence.” Neither does it authorise and regulate a law firm called: “Lawrence Law Firm PLLC”.
Any business or transactions through the above names are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm called Bishopsgate Law, the address for the firm is 99 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3XD.
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm called Knights Solicitors; whose SRA ID is: 78180.
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Lawrence Law, the address is 329 Putney Bride Road, Putney, SW15 2PG, (SRA ID: 625266).
The genuine firms have confirmed that they have no connection to the matter set out 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.