Warning: Emails claiming to be from "Sara Cohen" at "Lewis Silkin LLP"
8 September 2020
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Sara Cohen"
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from a senior associate called "Sara Cohen" (see below).
The emails seen by the SRA are headed "unpaid invoice". The sender refers to themselves as a 'Lawyer' at the genuine firm (see below) who is chasing for an unpaid invoice on behalf of a client. The emails appear to use the domain name '@lewiselkin.com'
The emails misuse the name and address for the genuine firm, name and role of the genuine solicitor (see below).
Any business or transactions through the domain name "@lewiselkin.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Sara Cohen who is a partner in the genuine firm of solicitors called Lewis Silkin LLP (with the SRA ID 439493). Her genuine email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine address for the firm is 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn, London, EC4A 1BL.
The genuine firm of Lewis Silkin LLP has confirmed that neither it nor the genuine solicitor Sara Cohen, has any genuine connection to the emails referred to in the alert 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.