Beware of letter promising millions

HAIRDRESSER Karen Barber is warning others to beware of a scam letter which promises its recipient riches beyond their wildest dreams.

Purporting to be from an overseas banker, the letter is adressed to Ms Barber at her place of business in Hampton Road, Scarborough.

It promises the Hairzone owner a share in a windfall of millions of pounds – and all she has to do is send her bank details by email or return post to claim her cash.

“I knew straight away that it was a scam,” said Ms Barber who is celebrating her 10th anniversary at the salon, “But there will be elderly and vulnerable people who will believe it,” she said.

“I want to warn others to ignore the contents and destroy the letter,” said Ms Barber.

The letter informs her that she has been left some money in a will and that it would be a shame to miss out on it. It also pulls at her heart-strings with a sob story about a family man and is full of veiled threats. It says no harm can come from her claiming the money.

If you receive such a letter report it to Trading Standards. In no circumstances send your bank details or attempt to contact the con artists.

A spokesman for Trading Standards said: “If something looks to good to be true then it probably is.”