Documents misusing the name of Keith Wood
1 December 2016
A member of the public has received an affidavit claiming to be from Keith Woods of Lewis Nedas Law Chambers.
What is the scam?
The SRA has received information that a member of the public has received an affidavit claiming to be from Keith Woods of Lewis Nedas Law Chambers.
The affidavit is sent in the name of the recipient and is sent in relation to a claim against Worldwide Costal Guard Services Company for loss of goods belonging to the recipient. Attached to the affidavit is a copy of a fake passport allegedly belonging to Keith Woods.
The affidavit claiming to be from Keith Woods states that he is a barrister from Lewis Nedas Law Chambers of 24, Camden High Street, London, NW1 OJH.
Any business or transactions conducted by Keith Woods or through Lewis Nedas Law Chambers, are not undertaken by an individual or solicitor's practice authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine individual named Keith Wood, who is a partner at Lewis Nedas Law Limited.
Lewis Nedas Law Limited is a genuine firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm does have a genuine office address of: 24 Camden High Street, London, NW1 OJH.
The genuine Keith Wood of Lewis Nedas Limited has confirmed that he has no connection to the affidavit as referred to above, and that his genuine photo has been copied from the website of the genuine firm, and has been used without either his or his firm's permission or knowledge within the false passport.
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.