Cumbria Trading Standards issues warning about Chinese inheritance scam letter (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Cumbria Trading Standards issues warning about Chinese inheritance scam letter
2:44pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
TRADING Standards is reminding Cumbrian residents to beware of an inheritance scam letter purporting to come from a Chinese investment banker.
Over the past 12 months there has been a spate of these letters, mainly targeted at the elderly. A solicitors firm in Kendal has reported that six of its clients have received letters.
The letter tells the recipient that a person sharing their family name has died or alternatively that one of their clients has died, leaving a large sum of money. The letter states that none of the deceased person’s relatives have claimed the inheritance and that the money will go to the Chinese government. The investment manager invites the recipient to make contact via an email address with a suggestion that they could claim the money which would then be shared with the investment banker. The writer asks that the matter be kept private to avoid ‘any complications’.
Angela Jones, Trading Standards Manager, said: “‘This scam is clearly an attempt to obtain the bank details and other personal information from vulnerable victims.
“Fortunately, we are not aware of anyone who has responded to this scam letter but we would like warn residents to be on their guard. While most people will recognise that this is a fraudulent letter some residents find it more difficult to assess risk and may not understand that they are being scammed.
“If you, or a vulnerable relative or neighbour receives such a letter, either dispose of it or pass the information onto Action Fraud and do not, under any circumstances, reply to the letter"
Anyone receiving a letter should report it as a fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or telephone 0300 123 2040.
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