Private Investigator in Watford Hertfordshire Discuss Email Scams

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According to the article by Tom Jackson published in BBC News on 24 February 2015: (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31438226), Nigeria has gained a bad reputation when it comes to 419 scams, that is, scams done through the internet. These scams are one of the most notorious in the cyber world and have caused losses ranging up to eight billion pounds in 2013. And yet the number keeps growing. The 419 scams steal information from people and use it to buy goods or transfer money to Nigeria, where the crime ring is conceivably run from. In May 2014, sixteen people were arrested in connection with the email scams and charged for bank theft, taking over accounts and stock brokerage accounts and using the fund to buy goods and removing the money from the account. The suspects were all Nigerian and jailed for seven years. The scammers also target Nigeria, because last year, the country lost 159 billion naira to the same fraud. Other types of scams include impersonation after stealing the identity of a person and framing the individual for the crime conducted by others. However, authorities believe that the case of a stolen identity ultimately helps in capturing the ones responsible. Once an identity is stolen, it becomes very easy to fish out the people who stole it and to make the perpetrators face justice.

After reading the publication in BBC News, detectives at Private Investigator in Watford Hertfordshire (http://privateinvestigators-watford.co.uk) talk about the problems email scams cause people. The victims have personal identities stolen through email fraud, money taken and sometimes get implicated in serious crimes, convicted and jailed for something the person never did. To minimize these problems, detectives talked about how to find out when an email is being used for illegal activities and what sort of emails a person should avoid. For example, the detectives advised never to open suspicious emails. The most common warning signals are an overly friendly use of words in the email or very formal ones. Either way, detectives advised the public to be aware of what is being opened and to make it easier to investigate what happened when an email fraud does take place.

Chief Investigator at Private Investigators Watford (http://privateinvestigators-watford.co.uk), Virginia Cox, speaks about the dangers of opening distrustful emails. Detective Cox says, "Cyber crimes are just as real as face-to-face crimes. They are equally harmful and someone always gets hurt in the end. Apprehending the criminals responsible for this is our duty and reporting them is yours." To further help, the detective gave out the official (v.cox@privateinvestigators-watford.co.uk) company telephone number (01923 640 045) so that anyone who has information or wants to seek answers to questions on email scams, can easily contact the detective team for information.

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