Warning: Emails from "Keystone Law Firm"
5 June 2020
Emails have been sent from "Keystone Law Firm", supposedly in relation to a financial transaction.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received emails from an individual claiming to be called "Emily Benson, Barrister with Keystone Law Firm". The emails relate to a supposedly financial transaction.
The SRA does no longer authorises or regulates a solicitor called Emily Benson, nor does it authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called "Keystone Law Firm" although it does authorise and regulate a genuine firm with a very similar name (see below)
The emails provide email addresses of firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com together with telephone contact numbers of "+44 745 120 3517" and "+1 603 367-0049".
Any business or transactions through the email addresses or the telephone numbers above 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.
The SRA has been advised that Keystone Law Limited used to employ member of staff called Emily Benson however she is no longer employed at the firm.
The genuine firm of Keystone Law Limited has confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to the emails referred to in the above alert. It is not believed that their former employee Emily Benson has any connection with the messages 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.