Havering council is alerting residents to an inheritance scam involving a letter being sent to residents.
The letter is from an ‘investment manager’ and assumes that the partner of the recipient has passed away. It informs them that their late relative has investments in a company in China and that unless the money is claimed, the Government will take it. Although the current scam uses China as its place of origin other foreign countries could be used in similar scams.
The letter then asks for details and encourages the recipient to keep quiet about the matter in case the inheritance ‘falls into the wrong hands’.
The letter is a scam and residents who receive it should dispose of it and not communicate with the sender.
Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said:
“This letter is simply a scam and while we cannot always stop them from being delivered, we can help our residents identify them so that they don’t fall victim to this despicable crime. Anyone who does receive such a letter and wants to report it, can do so at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.”
Residents are encouraged to pass this information on to their friends and relatives.