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Warning about scams as local man loses money to fraudsters

RELEASED TO MEDIA AT 5:10 PM ON THURSDAY 23 APRIL 2009

The States of Jersey Police are reminding Islanders to continue to be on their guard for Internet fraudsters following a report to them that a man living in the Island has lost what is believed to be thousands of pounds after responding to an email from a fraudster asking for financial help.

Some of these frauds may appear to be innocuous appeals made by people who are posing as someone with an illness who can not afford medicine and ask initially for small sums of money. This is nothing more than the callous use of an emotive subject which is then used to further the end of the ultimate fraud which is obtain as much money as possible from the victim.  In this particular incident, the loss to the victim runs to several thousands of pounds.

The man came to the Police last week, and the case is now being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department. It is believed that offences have been committed in Jersey, the UK and outside the UK. Enquiries are continuing into that case.

Crime reduction officer Det con Bruce Liron said: ˜We are pleased that this person  came forward to us, and it is disappointing that because of a convincing-looking scam, someone has lost so much money. We would emphasise that again, the best thing to do with emails you receive such as these, even if they look genuine and contain information which appeals for you to help someone, is to delete them. They are never genuine.

˜You will never receive any reward or money back from the people behind these email scams, but you may find yourself quickly drawn into sending them more cash. Our advice to anyone who is considering sending money is not to send it. If you have parted with cash, do not, under any circumstances, send any more. It can be very stressful for people who have lost money to go through this experience. We would urge anyone who thinks they have been a victim of a scam to come forward to us if they wish to.

˜Please do not give out your personal details, including phone numbers and any bank account details to anyone you do not know. If you are offered any money in return, remember that if it is too good to be true, it normally is.'

 

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