Advance Fee Letters/emails
An advance fee fraud is a confidence trick whereby the victim is persuaded to part with an amount of money in the hope or expectation that they will gain a much larger sum of money.
Once engaged in conversation the victim will be duped into sending monies to a bank account, often in a foreign country, or by using a money transfer service. This is often followed up by further requests for money by developing the original confidence trick.
- Having won a lottery in another country, usually in Africa
- Using the victims surname to suggest that they could inherit some money from someone with the same surname who has died without leaving a will.
- You have a mutual friend who is in a foreign country and is in trouble and requires assistance.
- An organisation from a country that has had sanctions imposed needs to change funds into sterling and is willing to pay a high interest rate if you would process funds through your bank account.
- The offer of employment at large organisations abroad after the payment of a ‘processing fee’.
- The suggestion that the writer has inside knowledge of share trading/Horse racing.
More information can be found here:
- Think Jessica - a campaign against scam mail
- Citizen's Advice Bureau Advice Guide
- Serious Fraud Office