Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service


West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service is warning businesses in the locality to be on the alert for unsolicited faxes from a company purporting to be the Financial Monitoring Section of the United States Department of the Treasury.

The fax states that funds are on hold and are awaiting US clearance to credit the recipient’s business account. The company request documents in relation to the businesses financial situation. Obviously this Service would advise never to give out such information and to take a cautionary stance when receiving faxes from companies with whom they have previously had no contact.

Martin Wood, West Yorkshire’s Chief Trading Standards Officer said:
“We are concerned that businesses will respond to the fax and provide them with the information they request. To our knowledge the company has no connection with the US Department of the Treasury. Enquiries with the American Embassy are currently underway. Warnings about unsolicited faxes have been issued by this service in the past, but given that this company is currently active, we urge businesses to be extra vigilant.”

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of West Yorkshire Joint Services said: “These faxes are extremely deceptive and mislead individuals into believing that they are genuinely sent by the US Government. We recommend that recipient businesses be extremely prudent when receiving such faxes. Never provide any documentation relating to the financial position of the business”.

Deputy Chief Executive of Leeds Chamber of Commerce Ian Williams added: “Leeds Chamber has also received a number of calls from its members about this scam and the warning from Trading Standards is very much welcomed and fully supported by the Chamber”

For further information contact:

Carol Hallett –General Media Contact – 0113 3836407
John Field – Consumer Helpline Manager – 0113 2898238