Fraudulent appeals

17 June 2016


A CLERICAL correspondent warns that scam letters, as reported in the Church Times (News, 27 August 2004) are occurring again.

He re­­ceived a plausible hand­written letter, ostensibly from a young woman needing a large sum for training at an Institute whose address was a PO box in Uganda. No trace of the in­­stitu­tion was found online. The letter bore the hallmarks of the previous scam, using Crock­ford details: it ad­­dressed the cleric in both his Christian names, and gave a typ­ical catalogue of heart-rending fam­­ily tragedies. At least one mem­ber of the Church Times staff has recently re­­ceived a similar appeal at his private address, evidently using another directory.

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