Warning: Emails misusing the name of Stephensons Solicitors LLP
13 July 2020
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from Stephensons Solicitors LLP, in relation to a supposedly "Claim Donation".
What is the scam?
Members of the public have received emails from an individual called "Charles W Jackson Jr" in relation to a donation following a lottery win. One of the emails seen by the SRA asks the recipient to click on a link to a You Tube video to verify the lottery win.
The emails seen by the SRA were sent using various email addresses including "firstname.lastname@example.org", email@example.com and " firstname.lastname@example.org", together with a ‘spoofed’ email address of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
The emails also provides further contact email addresses of "email@example.com", "firstname.lastname@example.org" and "email@example.com" and a telephone number of "(423) 528-2080". They also refer to having offices in London, Manchester, Trafford, Wigan, Leigh, Bolton and St Helens.
Any business or transactions through any of the email addresses or telephone number set out above are not undertaken by a firm or individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Stephensons Solicitors LLP, whose telephone number is 0333 344 4774. The general email addresses for the firm are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The genuine firm has offices in London, Manchester, Wigan, Bolton, Warrington and St Helens.
The SRA authorises and regulates several genuine solicitors called Charles Jackson. It is believed none of the genuine Charles Jackson are connected to the above alert.
The genuine firm Stephensons Solicitors LLP has confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to the emails referred to in the above alert.
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.