Don’t fall for this old scam

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Don’t fall for it.

An­other scam is do­ing the rounds in Horowhenua. This one uses time-hon­oured means of con­tact­ing peo­ple: a let­ter posted to a home ad­dress and aimed at el­derly folk.

The writer of the let­ter claims to work for a Lon­don fi­nance com­pany called Bar­clays Cap­i­tal Fi­nance, Lon­don. This com­pany does not ex­ist. The let­ter lists a name, phone and fax num­ber, no ad­dress and is not on an of­fi­cial let­ter­head, which should be a warn­ing sign.

The en­ve­lope lists a re­turn ad­dress and name, which is not the name of the let­ter writer and the postal code is in­cor­rect.

The writer claims he has dis­cov­ered 12m Bri­tish pounds be­long­ing to some­one who has your last name and ini­tials.

This per­son has died a few years ago, leav­ing no will or an heir, he says. Ev­ery ef­fort made to track down any mem­ber of his fam­ily has since failed.

The writer of­fer to act as a mid­dle­man as long as you are pre­pared to pre­tend to be re­lated to the de­ceased.

He says no-one else in his com­pany has ac­cess to the ac­count and if you do not re­spond quickly the com­pany will grab the money for its share­hold­ers.

He tells the re­cip­i­ent of the let­ter to keep this in­for­ma­tion se­cret, be­cause of his po­si­tion in the of­fice . . . and he wants you to email him a copy of the let­ter back to him. Do not re­spond to this. A vari­a­tion of this let­ter or email has been do­ing the rounds for years and is fake.

A Levin man re­cently re­ceived this let­ter and his wife said he was plan­ning to re­spond to it when she found out about it.

They want to let the com­mu­nity know these let­ters have been ar­riv­ing in town lately.

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