Alerts

Warning: Facebook account in the name of "Sam Donohoe" misusing the name of Donoghue Solicitors Limited.

8 January 2021

A Facebook account is falsely misusing the name of Donoghue Solicitors Limited.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been advised that a Facebook account in the name of  “Sam Donohoe”, is falsely claiming to be for a solicitor of that name.  The account misuses the profile picture of a genuine solicitor (see below).  The SRA has been further advised that messages have been sent from this account via Facebook Messenger to a member of the public about a supposed Road Traffic Accident claim.

When questioned for proof that he was a solicitor, the sender of the messages sent a link to the website of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor called Sam Donohue.

Any business or transactions through the Facebook account “Sam Donohoe” “www.facebook.com/danny.duxbury.1 are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice authorised and regulated by the SRA, or by any individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Donoghue Solicitors Limited, The genuine Facebook page address for Donoghue Solicitors Limited is www.facebook.com/DonoghueSolicitors. The genuine firm’s website is www.donoghue-solicitors.co.uk.

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor Kevin Donoghue who is the Director of Donoghue Solicitors Limited.  A photograph of the genuine Kevin Donoghue was misused in the account referred to in the above alert.

The genuine firm of Donoghue Solicitors Limited has confirmed that neither the firm or Kevin Donoghue have any genuine and intended 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.