Scam mail promises $7.5m win

IT'S probably fair to say the favourite saying among scammers is, “there's a sucker born every minute”.

Warren Ah Sam from Mutdapilly rang the QT after he and his daughter Stefanie got a letter purporting to offer them millions.

His warning came a day after the QT ran two stories from the police fraud squad alerting people to two new scams.

The first involved crooks obtaining a man's mobile number and bank account details before stealing $88,000 from it.

In the second, a man was encouraged to send a cash deposit for discounted farm machinery. The money disappeared and the machinery was never delivered.

Mr Ah Sam said he received a letter last Friday, the day after his daughter received an identical letter at her Raceview home.

“The letter was from a Spanish solicitor saying my mother left some money in a bank account in Spain and they'd help me recover it,” Mr Ah Sam said yesterday.

“The barrister refers to my mother's name but she was divorced 40 years ago and reverted to her maiden name.

“She died two years ago and was still known by her maiden name then. So it reeks of a scam.

“We have no connection with anyone in Spain. My daughter and I were the only two in our family who got them.”

In the letter the barrister, who identifies himself as Miguel Gonzalo, says his client deposited US$7.5 million in an unnamed bank.

“It looks a bit rich; it says he wants 20 per cent of the money to go to charity and the rest he'll split with us,” Mr Ah Sam said.

“I just don't want anyone to get caught up in it if this letter's circulating.”

In the letter, Miguel Gonzalo goes on to say, “this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret”.

“Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well by the end of the day.

It also says, “It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there was no previous correspondence between us.”

And later: “This transaction is entirely risk free.”

The letter includes a contact number and email address.

Yesterday, crime squad Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said people should remember the old saying: “If it seems too good to be true, it is.”

• Anyone with information about any type of suspicious activity should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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