Police have warned dealers to be on the lookout for a bizarre letter being circulated that offers businesses the chance to have $32 million deposited in their bank accounts.
The letters inviting businesses to take part in a fraud are being sent out under the guise of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company.
Recipients of the letter are asked to forward details of their bank accounts to the senders so that $32 million can be deposited in what is described as 'a reputable company's account'.
The fraudsters claim to have over-inflated the value of a building contract and that they have $65 million to divide among themselves if they can find someone to launder it. Targeted companies are being promised they can keep 30 per cent of the deposit.
Police have said that the bank account details will be used to withdraw money from the unwitting companies.
Spencer Bernstein, head of corporate sales at Suffolk-based networking reseller Data Factors Group, was one such recent recipient.
He said: 'It's hard to imagine that some people actually fall for this sort of thing. When someone offers you money for no reason, the alarm bells start ringing straight away.'
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