Warning: Correspondence from Keystone Law
18 June 2020
An email has been sent falsely claiming to be from "Keystone Law" in relation to a supposedly unclaimed inheritance.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received email from an individual claiming to be a Barrister called "David Cohen" with "Keystone Law". The SRA has been advised that the email referred to an unclaimed sum of money from a deceased client.
The SRA has also been advised that the recipient of the email was provided with the telephone number of "604 330 5869" and the location of "Pacific Office Centre based in Anchorage". The SRA has also been informed that the email came from "David Cohen" but was sent from the email address of "email@example.com".
Any business or transactions through the number "604 330 5869" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Keystone Law Limited trading as Keystone Law; whose head office is based in London.
The SRA also authorises and regulates two genuine solicitors called David Cohen, one of whom is a consultant at Keystone Law Limited.
The genuine firm of Keystone Law Limited and its consultant David Cohen have confirmed that they have no connection to the email 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.