Reporting scam emails
From time to time the subject of scam emails comes up on AWEB.
It could be in relation to fake emails about non-existent tax refunds, or lottery winnings, or unclaimed monies in a bank account, or offers of part-time work collecting monies from someone's customers.
If the recipient has (sensibly) not responded to the email and so not lost any money then the police have shown absolutely no interest in these emails - and there is no obligation to make a report under s330 PoCA 2002 / MLR 2007 where no money has been lost.
So it has simply been a case of 'hit delete' and forget it.
Now however Action Fraud has launched an initiative to collect and collate scam emails so that the problem can be better addressed.
There is more information on their website here.
You are urged to forward scam emails to firstname.lastname@example.org (but do not reply to the scam email).
Action Fraud will not reply to you - but they will use the data.
Do not forward to Action Fraud your bank details, passwords or pin numbers. They don't want them and you should not reveal them to anybody.