Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, is warning constituents of a new scam potentially dropping through letterboxes throughout the county.
Mr Metcalfe has himself received one of the letters which claims to be from a Chinese investment banker. The recipient is offered the chance to share in the unclaimed fortune of a deceased person who goes by the same surname.
The local MP is concerned that scams such as this, which are usually found online and in emails, are now making their way into people’s homes.
He commented: “I wanted to make my constituents aware of this new scam which uses personal information to prey on vulnerable people. Receiving this in the post is a lot more intrusive than the hundreds of email scams in circulation but it doesn’t make it more viable. I would advice my constituents to bin any such mail immediately and to ensure that they do not make contact with these predatory criminals.”
He added: “Remember the old adage - If it seems too good to be true, it is too good to be true!”
Mr Metcalfe has informed the Post Office of the letters and they are now doing all they can to trace the perpetrators.