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Surrey Police urge residents not to fall for this scam

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Surrey Police urge residents not to fall for this scam

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:58pm 5th March 2020.

Surrey Police is urging residents not to fall for this 'black money scam'. 

This is when fraudsters try to trick you into handing over money by persuading victims that piles of banknote-sized paper in a trunk or a safe are actually currency notes that have been dyed to avoid detection by authorities.

Scammers  then try and persuade the victim to buy chemicals to remove the dye, with the promise of a share in the proceeds.

Typically the fraudsters will send out thousands of e-mails, but have also been known to approach the victim directly.

The con artists will also say that fees and expenses need to be paid like tax or death duties to try and get even more money from the victim. 

Eventually, the victim will be persuaded that the trunk contains a very large amount of cash which has all been stained black or another colour.

The victim will then be asked to inspect the 'money' and told that the stain can be removed with chemicals.

Some criminals even go as far as washing a stained note, replacing it with a real note when the victim is not looking.

Old £10 Note

Detective Constable Lawrence Burden, who is investigating a report involving the black money scam, said people shouldn't be embarrassed to come forward about it:

“We want people to be aware of the latest scam so that they don’t fall victim to it. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

"Although we are investigating a report involving this scam, we are conscious that victims may not want to come forward because they might be embarrassed that they have fallen for it.

“However, we would urge anyone who does believe they have been the victim of this scam to come forward as soon as possible so that we can investigate and try to identify those responsible.

"Scams of this kind are extremely cruel and often lead to victims parting with thousands of pounds worth of hard-earned money.

"We just want people to be aware that this is going and not to have any involvement with it.”