North Wales Police are warning the public to
be wary and alert to a particular fraud that is occurring by
letters sent personally to individuals at their home address.
A number of people have forwarded letters to
the police that they have received from a person purporting to be a
banker for the Shenzhen Development Bank in China stating that a
man called Albert with the same surname as the recipient had
made investments amounting to millions of pounds. This man
Albert has since died and there are no next of kin however as the
recipient has the same surname they may be made the beneficiary of
The recipient is then asked to contact the
author of the letter by fax, telephone or email using the details
endorsed on the letter.
This is a scam and members of the public are
being advised not to make contact with the authors of the letter.
An example of such a letter is reproduced below.
Detective Sergeant Cooke of the North Wales
Police Financial Investigation Unit said “If you have already
received one of these letters and made contact it is important that
you do not exchange any bank details with any persons. If you have
already exchanged details contact your bank to stop any funds being
taken from your account and notify the police at the earliest
The advice offered by the Financial
investigation Unit is "Do not respond to such letters, Never
give your bank details when asked and If you do fall foul to a scam
and lose money inform your bank immediately that your account has
been compromised and call North Wales Police on 101 for any
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