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It is an unfortunate fact that the internet is widely misused by
fraudsters carrying out e-mail scams. Some very common forms of
false e-mails seen are as follows:
If you receive any of these kinds of e-mails – BE AWARE! – THEY
MAY BE FRAUDS!
If you are unsure about any e-mail you receive, the best general
advice we can give is DO NOT RESPOND TO IT IN ANY WAY. Delete the
e-mail without replying to it, or forwarding it on to anyone else,
or downloading it to your own computer, or printing it.
If you are still unsure about what to do with an e-mail you’ve
received, please feel free to contact us on the details given below
and we’ll discuss it with you.
The Force is aware that names of its officers and departments
have been used by fraudsters to try to legitimise their scam
emails. The e-mail may purport to originate from the Force or
contain a reference that suggests it has been sent from the Force,
for example an address of a police building. More likely
potential victims will be directed to contact an officer or
department of the Force to whom they may be required to pay an
advance fee to obtain a much larger sum. The fraudsters may
claim advance fee will be to pay taxes, or obtain a “clearance
certificate”, or some other purpose.
These emails are false and have not originated from the
Force. Fraudsters widely appropriate the identities of
companies, government bodies and legal organisations to try to
legitimise their scams. If you receive an email or other
communication that claims to be from the City of London Police, or
any of its officers or departments or if you require advice on this
subject, please contact our Fraud Desk.
21, New Street,
0044 207 601 6999