Advance fee scams
Had a letter about a large sum of money?
These scams involve emails or letters sent out offering people a large reward if they help to transfer a large sum of money.
The emails or letters often say the money has come from bribes, government accounts or is unclaimed money from someone who has recently died. They ask you to send your bank details and pay an 'advance fee' to complete the deal. If you pay the advance fee you then don't receive any money in return, and you have no way of getting your money back.