Usually scam emails are sent from outside of the UK which makes it difficult for the police to trace the people sending them, this is often part of the text of the email such as winning a lottery in a foreign country, asking for money to invest in a foreign business venture to to help someone in a foreign country who might be in need.
Sometimes the fraudsters will claim to be a legitimate business such as a bank or a government department, these are easy to check as you can contact the company concerned by searching for a legitimate telephone number or email address via a search engine rather than responding directly to the email.
What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?
If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.
If you've been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.
Fake emails often (but not always) display some of the following characteristics:
The reports received by Action Fraud will be forwarded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau run by the City of London Police for collation and analysis. This will enable crucial intelligence to be gathered and preventative action to be taken. The activity will seek to disrupt the fraudsters and close down the links between them and the victim.