Letters from accountant Mark Johnson a scam, say Creighton RCMP

Creighton RCMP are warning the public about a letter scam that attempts to swindle residents out of their savings.

Police have received multiple reports of the letters.

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“Somebody had come into the detachment asking if it was legitimate or not,” said Cst. Genna Kristiansen. “There were a few others. We’ve had two more people come in. I wouldn’t be surprised if more people have it.”

The sender of the letter claims to be a British accountant named
Mark Johnson. He claims a long-lost relative of the recipient has died abroad and left the recipient an inheritance.

The letter says in order to claim the inheritance, the recipient needs to mail the sender personal information, including their name, email and mailing address, phone number, bank account details and other personal data.

A similar letter has been reported in Prince Albert.

Kristiansen says mail scams such as this have been reported in Creighton before, and people can put themselves and their assets at risk by responding.

“Please report it to us,” she said. “Don’t send anybody your contact information.”

Creighton RCMP have not received any reports of people giving information to the letter’s sender.

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