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Fraud victims are being focused for a second time by con-artists sending letters whereas posing because the police.

The letters recommend that fraud losses may be returned, however request that private particulars are despatched to a South African financial institution.

The fraudsters have gone to some size to make the letters appear credible.

They use branding of the Nationwide Fraud Intelligence Bureau and use the identify of a police commissioner. Fraud victims are being urged to remain alert.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe, of the Metropolis of London Police, stated: “This fraudulent letter is clearly not one thing that the Nationwide Fraud Intelligence Bureau would ship to the general public. It takes benefit of individuals’s belief to be able to steal cash from those that have already fallen sufferer.”

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Dubbed “fraud restoration fraud”, the brand new trick makes an attempt to collect extra private particulars from those that had already fallen sufferer.

It’s unlikely that the fraudsters may know the identification of those crime victims. It’s unlawful for any report of fraud to be shared outdoors of legislation enforcement companies.

Officers imagine it’s seemingly that the letters are despatched out randomly, so recipients will embody earlier victims.

The Metropolis of London Police, which leads anti-fraud policing within the UK, stated that people ought to problem any letter of this type that they acquired from folks they didn’t know or firms that they had by no means contacted.

Rip-off victims ought to contact Action Fraud.

The warning comes shortly after UK anti-fraud organisation Cifas stated that identification theft had reached “epidemic ranges”.

A complete of 89,000 circumstances had been recorded within the first six months of the 12 months – a 5% rise on the identical interval final 12 months and a brand new report excessive.