Foreign Office staff used in e-mail fraud

Swindlers have used the names of Foreign Office staff to lure Norwegians into sending them money, reports The Norway Post. The fraud has been carried out via e-mail, and the victims were told they had won a large cash prize.

“The e-mail appears to come from Norwegian Embassy staff, confirming that the recepient has won a large sum of money in a lottery,” says department communication director Bjørn Jahnsen to NRK.

They are then asked to send some money to cover fees. At least one person is known to have lost money on the “deal”.

The swindlers have used e-mail addresses that appear to belong to staff at the Norwegian Embassy in London and the Norwegian Consulate in Edinburgh.

The New Scotland Yard in the UK has been informed of the attempted fraud.

Source: Norway Post/Regjeringen.no

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