Warning: Document falsely using the name and address of Sarginsons Law LLP

30 November 2016

The SRA has seen a document headed "Certificate of Confirmation" which falsely uses the name and address of Sarginsons Law LLP.

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that a member of the public has been sent an email with an attached document, which falsely uses both the name and address of Sarginsons Law LLP and the name of a solicitor employed by the firm.

The scam document is headed "Certificate of Confirmation" and relates to the supposed signing of a power of attorney. The document falsely states that Gerard Philip Davis of Sarginsons Law LLP "certifies and attests" that a power of attorney had been completed at the firm. The scam document also includes the firm's genuine postal address, genuine authorisation number and a printed "stamp" containing the name of the firm and the solicitor.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Sarginsons Law LLP is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA, whose genuine office address is 10 The Quadrant, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 2EL.

The SRA authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Gerard Philip Davis, who is employed by Sarginsons Law LLP.

Both the genuine firm and the genuine Gerard Philip Davis have confirmed that they have no connection to the fraudulent document 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.