Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service


West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service has been inundated with scam letters from Africa and is warning people not to get involved. The letters request that the recipient provide full details of their bank account. The sender then offers to transfer a huge sum of money, for instance twenty six million US dollars, into the recipient’s account.

The writer of the letter generally claims to be from a professional background, ie professes links to the Government, Petroleum Industry or the Royal National Bank plc. A lot of effort has been made to make this offer seem legitimate, but it is completely bogus.

The basic request is for the money to be transferred into a safe foreign account. It also claims that the recipient is the only person to have received this letter. However, the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service has had hundreds of complaints about such letters.

At the conclusion of business the sender claims that you will be given 20% of the total amount, 70% will go to the sender and the remaining 10% will be used to cover expenses.

Martin Wood, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Joint Service advises, “ We cannot stress enough that people must never give their bank details to companies or people that they do not know. These types of letters are always circulating and their intention is to take money from you, not give you any. Offers like this are always too good to be true”.

If you are a resident of West Yorkshire and have an enquiry about such a scheme you should contact the West Yorkshire Consumer Helpline on 0113 3 848 848, between 8:30 –6:30 Monday to Friday and 9:00 -1:00 on Saturday.

For further information:

John Field Senior Enforcement Officer 0113 2898238

Graham Hebblethwaite Divisional Manager/General Media Contact 0113 2898218

Paul Cooper Divisional Manager 0113 2898240