Warning: Zainab Antaki & Associates and the website https://zainabantakilaw․com
19 March 2020
The website https://zainabantakilaw․com is operating, which falsely claims to be for a law firm in Buckinghamshire․
What is the scam?
The website https://zainabantakilaw.com is operating. The website claims to be for a law firm called "Zainab Antaki & Associates".
The website is not a website for a genuine firm of solicitors and the SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "Zainab Antaki & Associates".
The website provides a telephone number of "+44 741 350 0759", a fax number of "+44 149 440 0107" and an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org". The website also misuses the genuine postal address of a genuine firm (see below).
The website provides details of various supposed staff members. The SRA does not authorise and regulate any solicitors called "Zainab Antaki", "Franco Batista", "Bruce Holdsworth" or "Dylan Owen". The website also misuses other names shared with genuine solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through "Zainab Antaki & Associates", or any of the contact details provided above, are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Reynolds Parry Jones LLP, whose genuine address is 10 Easton Street, High Wycombe, HP11 1NP. The genuine firm have confirmed that they have no link to “Zainab Antaki” or the website referred to in the above alert.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a solicitor called Adam Webster and regulates a (non-practising) solicitor called Michael Dennis, neither of whom are believed to have any connection with the matters 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.