By MARTIN WALLER
December 17, 2005
THE latest organisation to be caught up in those "Nigerian scam" letters that have been exercising the Financial Services Authority for a while now is . . . the Financial Services Authority.
The regulator yesterday posted a warning on its website about various messages purporting to come from named employees or former employees, offering the usual access to $15 million tied up in this or that account and available to you, etc, etc.
The messages include unconvincing-looking FSA letterheads and purport to be from its Canary Wharf address. They are likely to be linked to organised fraud,” the FSA points out. Oh, really? The good news is that they are in the usual pathetic pidgin English . . . "due to certain reason as you were made to believe", reads one.
From the Financial Services Authority, Scams & Swindles page
We are aware of a number of bogus communications - claiming to be from the FSA - which ask the recipient for personal information and/or money. Don’t respond!
These bogus communications - claiming to be from the FSA - ask the recipient for personal information and/or money. The communications are often in the form of emails or letters and they sometimes use the name of a current or former FSA employee. They are likely to be linked to organised fraud and we strongly advise that you do not respond to them in any way.
Here are some recent examples:
For details of many other types of fraud visit our scams and swindles page of inforrmation for consumers.
Should you have any doubt about the authenticity of an ‘FSA communication’, please contact the relevant telephone number below:
From UK: 0845 606 9966 (call rates may vary)
From UK: 0845 606 1234 (call rates may vary)
+44 20 7066 1000