Warning: The website "www․kosniowskichambers․com" falsely claiming to be a law firm called "Mike Kosniowski"
26 November 2020
The website "www․kosniowskichambers․com" is operating, falsely claiming to be a law firm called "Mike Kosniowski" based in Shropshire․
What is the scam?
The website "www.kosniowskichambers.com" is operating, falsely claiming to be a law firm called "Mike Kosniowski" based in Shropshire.
The website provides an address of "Town Centre, Telford Shropshire TF3 4LY", a telephone number of "+44 (0) 2033 895045", a fax number "+44 (0) 2033 895046" and an email address of "email@example.com."
The website is a cloned website of a genuine firm of solicitors and misuses the genuine SRA ID of the firm (see below). The website misuses the names and photographs of several members of staff and provides email addresses for the staff members ending with "@kosniowskichambers.co.uk."
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called "Mike Kosniowski."
Any business or transactions through the website, telephone number, fax number and email address above are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Martin-Kaye LLP (SRA ID is 508765) trading as Martin-Kaye which has a branch office at The Foundry, Euston Way Telford TF3 4LY. The telephone number is 01952 272 222, the fax number is 01952 272 223. The website is at www.martinkaye.co.uk.
The email addresses of staff members at the genuine firm end with @martinkaye.co.uk.
Martin-Kaye LLP has confirmed they have no connection to the website referred to above.
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.