Document misusing the name of Shearman & Sterling LLP
16 December 2016
The SRA has received information that a member of the public has received a document claiming to be from "Shearman & Sterling LLP".
What is the scam?
The SRA has received information that a member of the public has received a document claiming to be from "Shearman & Sterling LLP". The document is entitled 'Declaration of Disinterest' and relates to an inheritance.
The document was sent as an attachment to an email. The email claimed to be from "Jim Iyke" and was sent from email address "firstname.lastname@example.org". The document claims that "Shearman & Sterling LLP" are acting as solicitors for "Jim Iyke".
The document claims that "Page D Gregor" is employed at "Shearman & Sterling LLP".
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor called "Page D Gregor".
Any business or transactions conducted by "Page D Gregor" are not undertaken by an individual or solicitor's practice authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP is a genuine firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Mr Gregor D Page is a genuine solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA and employed by Shearman & Sterling LLP.
The genuine Shearman & Sterling LLP and Mr Page have confirmed that they do not have any connection to the email and document referred to 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.
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