Warning: Fax misusing the address of Stewarts Law LLP
19 February 2021
Faxes have been sent which misuse the details of Stewarts Law LLP and Mo Bhaskaran in connection with an inheritance scam
What is the scam?
The SRA has seen a fax which purports to be sent from Mo Bhaskaran, a Partner at Stewarts Law LLP (see below). The scam fax uses a slight spelling difference to the genuine Mo Bhaskaran. The scam fax spells his name 'Mo Bbhaskaran' (note the additional b).
The address on the header of the scam fax is 5 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BF
The scam fax provides email addresses and details of a website which use the domain 'stewartslawllp.com' and the email address 'email@example.com'. This domain and email address is not connected to the genuine firm (see below)
The scam fax also refers to the telephone number '011 44 20 309 717 92' and the fax number '011 44 203 8086527'. These numbers are not connected to the genuine firm.
The SRA has seen a genuine letterhead used by Stewarts Law LLP. This is in a different format to the scam fax. This includes the fact that the scam fax uses the US style date (month/ day/year) and the genuine firm uses the UK style (day/month/year).
Any business or transactions through the email addresses, "firstname.lastname@example.org', email@example.com, the telephone number "011 44 20 309 717 92" or the fax number "011 44 203 8086527" are not undertaken by a solicitors practice or by an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a firm of solicitors called Stewarts Law LLP, whose Head Office address is 5 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BF.
The SRA authorises and regulates a solicitor by the name Mohan Bhaskaran who is a Partner at Stewarts Law. The SRA has been advised that he shortens his first name to 'Mo'.
Emails from Stewarts Law LLP use the domain '@stewartslaw.com' and the firm's genuine website is www.stewartslaw.com'. The genuine email address of Mo Bhaskaran is: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
The genuine Stewarts Law LLP's contact numbers are: “02078228000" (telephone) and “02078228080" (fax).
The genuine Stewarts Law LLP have confirmed that they, nor any of their employees have any genuine connection to the fax 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.
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