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E-mails out of Africa to deceive Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 15:23 14 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

DOZENS of individuals and businesses in Suffolk have been targeted by a multi-million pound email scam, being run by Nigerian conmen.

Now trading standards officers are warning the public to beware - and not to risk losing thousands of pounds to the fraudsters.

DOZENS of individuals and businesses in Suffolk have been targeted by a multi-million pound email scam, being run by Nigerian conmen.

Now trading standards officers are warning the public to beware – and not to risk losing thousands of pounds to the fraudsters.

"This particular scam surfaces regularly and the letters and emails are often targeted at businesses as well as individuals," said Saraid Cann of Suffolk Trading Standards.

"Although it appears to be a way to make money, it is an out-and-out con."

The emails ask for help to transfer substantial sums of money out of Nigeria and into a foreign bank account.

In return for the help, readers are told they can expect a slice of the cash – but in fact the fraudsters just want to take money from their bank account.

"If anyone receives an email or letter like this, don't be taken in by it," said Mrs Cann. "Ignore the letter or email. By throwing it away you'll avoid the risk of losing thousands of pounds of your money."

She warned that the fraudsters have no intention of depositing money into your account, but just want to involve you in a fraud where you will be the victim.

"Remember, if you give out your bank details in this way you're giving these rogues the green light to clear out your account."

If you are worried about this type of scam or any other similar scheme, contact trading standards on 01473 584358, and they will forward the details to the foreign office.

Alternatively, you can send the information to the Metropolitan Police, National Criminal Intelligence Service, West African Organised Crime Section, Unit 2 Spring Gardens, PO Box 8000, London SE11 5EF.

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