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Advance fee fraud

Advance fee fraud is a type of fraud involving the promise to the victim of a large financial payout which can only be obtained by paying up-front administration fees. Of course, the promised payout never materialises, and the fraudster disappears with the money paid to date. This type of fraud is heavily associated with the rise of the internet as a global communications tool, and often involves parties in different jurisdictions.

Typical examples include:

lottery scams, where the victim is informed that they have won a lottery, but need to pay administration fees in order for their prize to be released;

fake bequests, where the victim is informed of the death of a purported relative who has left the victim a large sum of money and told that legal and administrative fees need to be paid in order for the bequest to be received; dating scams, where a fake profile is created on an internet dating website, and the victim, once lured in by the promise of romance, is persuaded to pay money to the purported paramour under a number of pretexts.

The central role played by technology in advance fee fraud means that expert evidence is almost always a necessity. At Ullah Law Associates we understand how best to select and instruct an expert to ensure our clients’ cases are dealt with appropriately with regard to the legal and factual issues and costs involved.

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Advance fee fraud

Advance fee fraud is a type of fraud involving the promise to the victim of a large financial payout which can only be obtained by paying up-front administration fees. Of course, the promised payout never materialises, and the fraudster disappears with the money paid to date. This type of fraud is heavily associated with the rise of the internet as a global communications tool, and often involves parties in different jurisdictions.

Typical examples include:

lottery scams, where the victim is informed that they have won a lottery, but need to pay administration fees in order for their prize to be released;

fake bequests, where the victim is informed of the death of a purported relative who has left the victim a large sum of money and told that legal and administrative fees need to be paid in order for the bequest to be received; dating scams, where a fake profile is created on an internet dating website, and the victim, once lured in by the promise of romance, is persuaded to pay money to the purported paramour under a number of pretexts.

The central role played by technology in advance fee fraud means that expert evidence is almost always a necessity. At Ullah Law Associates we understand how best to select and instruct an expert to ensure our clients’ cases are dealt with appropriately with regard to the legal and factual issues and costs involved.

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