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City of London Police is reminding the public of the
dangers of advanced-fee fraud.
The message comes after officers learnt fraudsters have used the
force’s name to suggest that a lottery scam was legitimate.
An email claiming to be from ‘Constable John Bruce’ ‘guaranteed’
the competition, and asked for the recipient to confirm their
contact details. Detectives believe the fraudster’s next step would
be to ask for an admin fee to process the prize.
An outdated City of London Police logo and address are used in a
bid to make the e-mail seem genuine.
Det Supt Crampton, from the City of London Police Economic Crime
“The City of London Police does not endorse lotteries or
similar initiatives and would not engage in facilitating
distribution of such ‘prizes’. Should such correspondence be
received treat with extreme caution and forward to the National
Fraud Desk for our attention”.
If you have responded to such correspondence received, have lost
money or believe yourself to be a victim of an advance fee fraud
then please contact Action Fraud on 0300
Find out more about advanced-fee
fraud (external link)