Scam letter warning after £1,000 demand to food store
PUBLISHED: 21:31 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010
FOOD stores in East London are being targeted by a scam demanding £1,000 from shopkeepers. The scam involves a bogus letter claiming to be from the Food Standards Agency, the local authority and police asking for money
FOOD stores in East London are being targeted by a scam demanding £1,000 from shopkeepers.
The scam involves a bogus letter sent to shop owners claiming to be from the Food Standards Agency, the local authority at Newham and the police asking for money.
It claims tests carried out on food bought at the shop showed “high levels of bacteria.”
The letter then demands a £1,000 fine and gives details for sending the money to an address in Nottingham. But the letter is a fake.
Now neighbouring Tower Hamlets Council has issued its own warning tonight (Thursday) advising traders in London’s East End to be on their guard.
“We want to warn food businesses to be vigilant because scams often very quickly spread,” said a Town Hall statement.
“The Food Standards Agency is not the national enforcement authority for food regulations and would not send out any such letter demanding payment.
“Any breaches of food hygiene regulations are dealt with by the local authority.”
Town Halls are urging businesses receive the bogus letter not send money, but to report it to police or to the council.
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