Warning over email scam

TRADING standards officers are warning internet users not to be taken in by the latest email scam.Dozens of computer users in Ipswich have checked their in-boxes only to discover a begging letter from a Mr Mark Mbonami.

TRADING standards officers are warning internet users not to be taken in by the latest e-mail scam.

Dozens of computer users in Ipswich have checked their in-boxes only to discover a begging letter from a Mr Mark Mbonami.

The Zimbabwean former farmer claims to have lost US$5.5m as a result of legislation from pariah president Robert Mugabe.

The letter starts: "You may be surprised to hear from me since you don't know me personally.


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"I got your number through the internet hence decided to write to you. My family and I fled Zimbabwe in fear of our lives and are currently seeking political asylum in the Netherlands."

Mr Mbonami goes on to describe the ways that the email recipient can come to his aid.

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But trading standards officials warned internet users to steer clear of bogus begging emails.

A spokeswoman said: "This particular scam surfaces regularly and the letters and emails are often targeted at businesses as well as individuals.

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

"If anyone receives an email or letter like this, don't be taken in by it. Ignore the letter or email."

She went on: "Never give out your bank or credit details to anyone who approaches you in this way by email, letter or telephone.

"Remember if you give out your bank details in this way you're giving these

rogues the green light to clear out your account."

Anyone who receives a similar email or wishes to report a scam should contact the Suffolk Trading Standards on 01473 584 358.

Or they can directly contact the Metropolitan Police, National Criminal Intelligence Service, African Organised Crime Section, Unit 2 Spring

Gardens, PO Box 8000, London SE11 5EF.

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