Warning: Emails misusing the names of Stephen Klincewicz, Marcus Zaman, Camilla Jackson and the SRA
21 November 2023
Emails have been sent misusing the names of Stephen Klincewicz, Marcus Zaman, Camilla Jackson and the SRA in relation to cryptocurrency.
What is the scam?
The SRA understands that a member of the public has received emails purporting to be from 'Stephen Klincewicz', 'Marcus Zaman' and 'Camilla Jackson' of 'Solicitors Regulation Authority'. We understand the emails claimed to offer help with the recovery of funds previously lost in cryptocurrency investments.
The emails misuse the name and SRA ID numbers of genuine solicitors (see below). The emails also misuse the name of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
We have been advised that the emails were sent from 'email@example.com', 'firstname.lastname@example.org', 'email@example.com' and 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
Any business or transaction through the email addresses referred to above is not undertaken by an individual regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Stephen Klincewicz, whose SRA ID is 525080.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Marcus Zaman, whose SRA ID is 378677.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Camilla Jackson, whose SRA ID is 637064.
The genuine solicitors Stephen Klincewicz, Marcus Zaman and Camilla Jackson have confirmed that they do not have any connection to the emails 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.