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As police and members of the public become aware of the
different styles and methods used in frauds, the fraudsters
themselves have to invent new ways to sell an old theme. Here are
some of the fraudulent scenarios you should be vigilant
Victims or potential victims receive written communication
claiming to be from:
Gonet & Cie and La Roche & Co Banquiers are established,
regulated private banks. They have no connection with these letters
and yet their names are being used to commit fraud. Fraudsters will
often use or copy the letter headings of genuine companies to add
weight to their deception.
The current trend as used in this instance is for a victim to
receive a letter from a bank or firm of lawyers, informing them
that a previously unknown member of their family has been killed in
a highway accident overseas (or similar scenario).
You are the only other person left who may be related to the
deceased, and are the sole inheritor of the millions of dollars
left in an account. The person contacting you will have details of
lawyers and genealogical research to show that, indeed, you are the
one. It doesn't matter what the scenario is, the fraudsters
intention is to deceive their victims out of their money.
More information regarding these types of fraud can be found at
Lottery scams (External link).
A letter landed on your mat this morning with some great news
for you - your numbers have come up! You’ve won a substantial sum
of money in a lottery. All you have to do to claim the money is to
pay an arrangement fee, usually between $3,000 to $5,000. You send
the money, but no windfall follows.
You’re told about an investment opportunity which promises very
high returns on your money.
If you have been a victim of fraud or suspect a scam, report is
at www.actionfraud.org.uk (opens in a new