Warning: Emails from "Lawrence Sunday" claiming to be from "Axiom Stone"
2 June 2020
Emails have been sent from "Lawrence Sunday", claiming to be from "Axiom Stone" in relation to requesting costs for legal work.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to a member of the public from an individual claiming to be called "Lawrence Sunday", requesting costs for legal work. The sender of the emails claimed to work for "Axiom Stone", a private company based in London and Birmingham.
The emails seen by the SRA appear to have been sent from the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The SRA does not authorise and regulate any solicitor called "Lawrence Sunday".
Any business or transactions through "Lawrence Sunday" or the email address email@example.com are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a firm of solicitors called Axiom Stone Limited trading as Axiom Stone Solicitors.
Axiom Stone Limited has confirmed that it has 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.