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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 (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.


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cymraeg_draig | | Permalink

Until I had email I didnt realise just how many bank accounts I have - all with different banks - and all needing my account details urgently to stop me being locked out when they do their security upgrades :)

Apparently I must have applied for a loan in my sleep too because a "company" assured me it had a massive loan available at incredibly low interest rates and all it needed was my credit card number to pay for their modest admin charges.

But the one that really winds my spring up is the bunch of cretins who 'phone you and claim to be from "Microsofts Computer Security team". It's always some semi literate guy from India wanting you to download a so called security patch - which will then rip off all your bank and credit card details.

The sad thing is that there must be people out there who actually fall for these cons, or the criminals wouldnt do it.

Not long ago there was a case of some old dear who had been conned out of (if I remember correctly) about £80,000 by con artists and driven into an early grave by them.  These vultures really should be treated much more seriously by the police, but of course the internet allows them to carry out their cons from other countries, making it almost impossible to collar them.


Email Scams

Stephen Morris | | Permalink

Some of the email scams can be very convincing. I have received emails containing my bank's logo. This type of thing can be very persuasive for the unwary. I used to make a point of reporting these scams to the on-line crime squad of my local constabulary. I think they got sick of me. Not surprising I suppose - it probably interfered with the game of cards they were playing.

It is well established that many of the scams originate in West Africa, Nigeria in particular. The CIA website is, or was, very informative about this. It basically says, or said, that the Nigerian ruling class is criminal - strong words indeed. They operate a billion dollar business according to the CIA.

Many people take the view that if you respond to the scams then it is your own fault if you become a victim. The research shows that it is particularly vulnerable or desperate people who fall for the scam, such as little old ladies, or insolvent business people down on their luck desperate to get back on their feet again. It is a pretty nasty crime and more effort should be made to protect the public, in my view. No doubt the authorities have better things to do, like trawling through SARs submitted by our banks concerning completely innocent transactions entered into by ordinary UK citizens.

I did once forward all the scam emails I had been spammed with to the Nigerian Embassy in London with a covering message to inform them of the activities of their citizens. I received no reply but then perhaps they have an extremely efficient spam filter and did not receive them. Irony.



Email scams

Stalytax | | Permalink

Many of these scams come from West Africa, where police corruption is endemic, so hardly anyone is ever prosecuted if you report them, the emails usually trace back to an internet cafe somewhere.

Victims have usually sent money via Western Union, which can be picked up cash anywhere, with the right information.

If you come across any victims, tell them to cease all contact, and visit

If you want to see the fun that scambaiters have with these guys as comedy revenge, visit and visit the picture gallery

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