Bogus website "www.gillendealwissolicitors.com" misusing the name of Gillen De Alwis Solicitors
7 November 2016
The SRA has received a report about the website "www.gillendealwissolicitors.com" which falsely claims to relate to Gillen De Alwis Solicitors Limited.
What is the scam?
The SRA has received a report about the website "www.gillendealwissolicitors.com" which falsely claims to relate to Gillen De Alwis Solicitors Limited. The SRA understands that the bogus website has cloned content from the website of a genuine firm (see below).
The website provides "solicitor profiles" for three individuals supposedly named Marina Stoyanova, Naimh Gillen and Peter Foss. The SRA does not authorise or regulate any solicitors with the names of Marina Stoyanova, Naimh Gillen or Peter Foss.
The website provides an address of Ground Floor, 3 Minster Court, Minsing Lane, London, EC3R 7DD, general contact numbers of +44 20 3290 6908 (telephone) and +44 20 8050 1603 (fax) and a general email address of "email@example.com". The profiles of individuals on the website also provide further contact details and email addresses ending "@gillendealwissolicitors.com".
Any business or transactions through the website "www.gillendealwissolicitors.com" or the contact numbers, location and email addresses as listed within the website "www.gillendealwissolicitors.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Gillen De Alwis Solicitors Limited (t/a Gillen De Alwis Solicitors). The name of the genuine firm has been cloned by the website referred to above without permission.
The genuine firm is based at 105 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NJ and its phone number is "020 3457 6400". The website for the genuine firm is "www.gillendealwis.com".
The genuine firm has confirmed that it does not have any connection to the website referred to above.
The firm has posted a warning about hoax communications on its website.
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.