A NOTORIOUS scam letter is circulating in Huddersfield.
The letter from ‘Lee Lu Sang’ uses residents’ names to create a fictional dead relative who invested $8.4m.
Golcar shopkeeper Nasar Hussain, 39, received one of the letters and wants to warn the public not to be taken in by an offer that is literally too good to be true.
He said: “It says I’ve got a relative with money in Hong Kong and I need to contact them to claim it.
“I didn’t fall for it for a second but people should be aware it’s out there.
“If someone was a little bit gullible they might get taken in.
“I wanted to get the message out there that these things are circulating and someone I know in Birkby got the same letter.”
Written in faltering English, it describes “Alfred, who shares your surname” who deposited the money for investment with the business relations manager for Taichung Bank in Hong Kong, Mr Lee Lu Sang.
It reads: “Shanghai Pudong Development Bank got in touch with us last year that this money has not been claimed.
“On further inquiries we found out that Alfred was involved in an accident in Mainland China which means he died intestate.
“He has no next of kin and the reason I am writing you is because you are his namesake.”
Police are asking the public to be vigilant after a number of these suspicious letters were sent through the post to addresses in Barnsley.
More often used by internet scammers, the letter is an example of “phishing” – trying to trick bank details out of unsuspecting victims.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “This is one way in which criminals obtain credit card numbers, account numbers, user names, passwords etc.
“These are then used to withdraw money and commit fraud using the identity of the victim.
“The public need to be alert to the fact that genuine banks and financial institutions will not request personal information in this way and they will not re-direct people to a website which asks for such details.”
Last month South Yorkshire Police issued a warning after residents in Barnsley received the exact same letter.
Crime prevention officer John Mynett said: “If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.
“I have seen letters similar to this one before where people have been conned into phoning telephone lines and giving out bank details.
“I strongly encourage everyone to ignore such calls or letters they may receive.”