Beware the mil­lions in your in­box

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY RACHEL FLETCHER

AN EMAIL hoaxer is tar­get­ing vic­tims by claim­ing to be dis­tribut­ing mil­lions of pounds left by a Lon­don Jewish phi­lan­thropist.

Re­cip­i­ents of the email, which is sent from “Bar­ris­ter Sandy Car­ring­ton Law Firm”, are told they have been left Mau­rice Wohl’s es­tate. They are asked to pro­vide de­tails such as their ad­dress and oc­cu­pa­tion.

The firm’s name is not reg­is­tered with ei­ther the So­lic­i­tors Reg­u­la­tion Author­ity or the Bar Coun­cil. Lit­tered with gram­mat­i­cal and punc­tu­a­tion er­rors, the email claims the re­cip­i­ent is among a “ran­dom se­lec­tion of in­di­vid­u­als” made by the late Mr Wohl from in­ter­net lists for an in­her­i­tance.

Al­though giv­ing a Lon­don ad­dress as its reg­is­tered of­fice, its tele­phone num­ber does not con­nect and it of­fers a Hot­mail ad­dress for con­tact. The JC did not re­ceive a re­sponse to its email.

One re­cip­i­ent said: “I’m an ac­coun­tant, and the VAT num­ber it gives is in­valid too. The thing that up­set me was that this could be dis­tress­ing for Mr Wohl’s fam­ily. I have no idea how they got my email ad­dress.”

The email gives some ac­cu­rate de­tails about the life of Mr Wohl, who was pres­i­dent of Jerusalem’s Great Syn­a­gogue, do­nated widely to Is­raeli in­sti­tu­tions and re­ceived a CBE.

The email ap­pears to be a vari­a­tion of which re­cip­i­ents are urged to give bank de­tails in or­der to re­ceive money.

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