Scam doing the rounds

17:00, Apr 30 2014

A scam letter from Hong Kong has been targeting the nor-west.

A Huapai resident received the letter from someone purporting to be the chief operating officer of the Wing Lung Bank.

The letter invites the recipient to sign up as beneficiary to funds from a late client who shares their surname.

It claims an oil magnate deposited US$28,980,369 in the Hong Kong bank before dying in the tsunami catastrophe of 2004.

Inquiries have failed to turn up any next of kin to claim his fortune, the letter says.

"I am contacting you because you share the same last name with my late client," it says.

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"I decided to contact you to join me to put claims on this deposit before it's forfeited to the authorities." The letter suggests presenting the recipient as the next of kin and beneficiary to the deposit.

Kumeu police warn residents not to be duped.

Recipients should not give bank details or passwords and should not send money, police say.

If the scammers receive any hints from potential victims they will put more pressure on them to divulge the details they require.

If it sounds too good to be true then it usually is a scam, police say.

Elderly people are urged to get advice from family, friends or police before doing anything.

Norwest News