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419 Scam with a difference .

... I got this one through the post

     
5:53 pm on Nov 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Same modus operandi as the email based scams - contact me too get your share of $$$,$$$,$$$ - except that this one came through the post and is addressed to me personally (name, surname, postal address ... all the correct info).

Do you think the fraud department or the police might be interested in this (UK based)?

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That's interesting. They used to send letters many years ago, before e-mail.

Perhaps the e-mail scams have been beaten into submission and they are trying traditional methods.

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These scams using the mail date back to the late 1930s. My office would get one every few years until the action moved to the web after 2000. I always wondered how they could afford to use international mail, but I've read that some letters used counterfeit Nigerian Stamps.

Here's another oldie: Went to my home mail box today and there was an old fashioned chain letter. Haven't gotten one of those in many years.

Scammers must be having a tough time with so little "fresh meat" coming onto the web. I'm seeing a huge increase in lottery scams in the past few months. Some days I'll win several lotteries!

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I am sure that the old GPO used to have a department to investigate that sort of scam but I can't see anything on the Royal Mail web site. Check with your local delivery office to see if there is somebody to contact.
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>the old GPO

Now you're showing your age! ;) Trouble is, I remember it too!

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Maybe it's genuine one this time..
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Maybe it's genuine one this time..

damn ... where did I put that letter ;)
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Ha! You're too late; I responded to mine first. Best 1000 I ever spent.
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Ive received personal 419 letters before but stopped recieving them about 8 years ago. I wonder if this is a trend we are going to see more of ?

And how do I install a spam filter to my post box ?

GPO - I saw an old man complain in the post about 5 years ago, about the poor service on his telephone. Wasnt anything to do with the post office, or GPO as he called it, he just wouldnt beleive them.. Dam funny it was to.

[edited by: Essex_boy at 2:06 pm (utc) on Nov. 20, 2008]

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I've had one that was some sort of spanish lottery scam. Made me a bit nervous to see my name and address on there.