Letter scam targeting residents in Hill Crescent

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 15 June 2010

A NEW scam is targeting elderly and vulnerable householders in Honiton, suggesting they could be entitled to a share of £7 million. James Chen, who alleges to be an external auditor for the Bank of Singapore, is sending typed letters to addresses in the H

A NEW scam is targeting elderly and vulnerable householders in Honiton, suggesting they could be entitled to a share of £7 million.James Chen, who alleges to be an external auditor for the Bank of Singapore, is sending typed letters to addresses in the Hill Crescent area. The letters are posted in the UK and bear second class stamps.Mr Chen claims to have discovered dormant bank accounts, opened by a British man who allegedly died in 1995."I am of the settled conviction that using my insider leverage I, working with you, can secure the funds in the account for us instead of allowing it passed as unclaimed funds into the coffers of the Government of Singapore," the letter says.Mr Chen is offering a 20 per cent slice of the cash - in return for passing complete strangers off as relatives of the dead man.He stresses: "Needless to say, utmost confidentiality is of vital importance..."Those who receive the letter are asked to contact him, and the Herald suspects he is then requesting personal bank details.A disgusted Hill Crescent resident brought one of the letters to us last week and said: "It is addressed to a former occupant of my house. It is clearly a scam, but people should be warned.


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