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West African advanced fee fraud

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...You receive a 419 letter or e-mail


If you receive a 419 letter, throw it in the bin where it deserves to be. The fraudsters have not targeted you personally, 1000’s of these letters are sent out daily to people worldwide whose details have been taken at random from telephone directories etc.

If you receive a 419 letter by e-mail, do not reply, again they have not targeted you personally. Cause them some inconvenience by forwarding a copy of the e-mail to the Internet Service Provider from where the e-mail originated in the following format.
For example:-

Unless your letter/e-mail contains details of the fraudsters bank accounts/addresses/telephone numbers please do not forward them to us. If you live outside the United Kingdom please send your e-mail/letter to your own National Police Unit that deals with Fraud. If there is a London connection they can pass the matter onto Interpol London for action.

If you have already become embroiled in this scam, contact your own police department or your local embassy if you are abroad.

Special Instructions relating to US Citizens.

If you are in the United Kingdom and are the victim or potential victim of such a fraud contact the US Secret Service, US Embassy, London on 020 7408 8091. If you are elsewhere in the World contact the US Embassy relevant to the country you are in or your local Secret Service Office.

Remember: "If it sounds too good to be true, then it is!"

Specialist Crime OCU Fraud Squad
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