Warning: "Stanley Opoku" of "Stanley Jones & Co"
11 August 2020
Business card falsely claiming to be from "Stanley Opoku" of "Stanley Jones & Co"
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received a business card from an individual claiming to be from "Stanley Opoku" of "Stanley Jones & Co".
The business card provides the following contact numbers "07733157304", "020 3302 8580" and "07405247771", a fax number of "020 8181 7006" and the following email addresses "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com". The card also displays the postal address of "Suite 55, Design Works, Park Parade, London, NW10 4HT" which was the address of a genuine firm of solicitors until it closed in 2010. (see below).
Any business or transactions through the name of "Stanley Opoku" and any of the contact details above are not undertaken by a firm or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA regulated a firm of solicitors called Bright Star Solicitors. That firm closed in 2010. The firm’s address was Suite 55, Design Works, Park Parade, London, N10 4HT.
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.