[15 MAR 01]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Bogus E-mail Warning
To City Firms
are urging Coventry companies to be on their guard after a bogus
e-mail apparently from an officer was sent to businesses.
e-mail purports to come from a West Midlands officer, a Det Insp
Noel Evans, although no such officer works for West Midlands
bogus e-mail reads as follows:
name is Det Insp Noel Evans from the West Midlands Fraud Squad
and I am investigating a network of criminal activities which is
spanning the country involving the IT industry.
have been given some names which we need to match, but with no
company names, so we are trawling various companies thoughout
the region asking for assistance in supplying us with
organisational charts or an internal telephone directory.
would appreciate any assistance you can give us in this matter.
West Midlands Police spokesman said:
e-mail has been brought to our attention. Noel Evans is not a
West Midlands Police officer and we would not "trawl"
companies by e-mail asking for details of this type.
would advise members of the public and companies to be wary of
any unsolicited electronic communication which asks them to
supply personal or business details."