Police warn public of fraud scams

The Financial Crimes Unit of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is warning the public about several fraud scams.

All of the scams in this advisory relate to e-mails.

The examples listed below give the public an idea of what types of e-mails are being circulated.

One of the e-mails claims you have won the lottery; another one would like your details in order for you to obtain a share in a $12.5 million trust fund.

There are several others of similar nature in circulation. The main objective of these e-mails is to get your full name, bank account numbers, your address, fax and telephone numbers.

The RCIP Media Liaison Officer Maria McLean spoke with officers from the Financial Crimes Unit they have confirmed the e-mails are scams.

The RCIP is issuing the following advice.

Never provide your bank account or other financial information. This information can be used to withdraw money from your account.

Remember that these are hardened criminals. They often use the money they make to finance other illegal activities such as drug dealing and credit card fraud.

The fraudsters have not targeted you personally; these types of e-mails are sent daily to thousands of people worldwide whose details have been chosen at random.

The criminals are becoming more sophisticated by attaching forms for you fill out all your personal information and fax it back to them.

If further information is required please contact the Financial Crime Unit of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service on 949-8797