If you have been accused of involvement in an advanced fee fraud, or fear being so accused, you should seek legal advice immediately. The potential consequences of not taking timely action to protect your position can be serious. It is in your best interests to get in touch with a defence solicitor at your earliest convenience. Cartwright King can guide you to your best course of action in this complex area of law and reassure you as to your options. We are available to represent you wherever you are based and we have offices across the country.
Free Initial Telephone Consultation
Our highly skilled Fraud team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. For more information, please call us on 0808 168 5550 or email us using the contact form below.
What is advanced fee fraud?
Advanced fee frauds operate by offering the promise of a large incentive in the form of cash, reward in the future in exchange for the immediate payment of a small fee or investment by the victim. The offered reward is then not delivered and the money paid by the victim is lost. Other forms of the fraud increasingly rely not on the victim paying out money directly, but on a request that the victim discloses personal data that can then be sold on or used by the fraudster. A common example is the ‘419’ scam, where the victim receives an unsolicited email or letter promising them a cash reward if they provide their bank details to the sender. If the victim sends their details to the fraudster, the promised reward never materialises, but the information provided is used to steal money from the victim’s account.
Advanced fee frauds are commonly based around offers relating to:
Inheritance fraud - When you are falsely told that a wealthy family member has written you into their will
Sports tipster scams – When tipsters impart their ‘knowledge’ to help you win respective bets.
Online dating scams – When you have met somebody on an online dating website and they gain your trust before asking you for maney for various emotive reasons.
Lottery prize scams – When fraudsters contact to tell you that you’ve ‘won’ a large sum of money in the lottery, sweepstake or any other prize draw.
Career opportunity scams – When false job adverts are posted online by fake companies
Pet scams – When pets are advertised online and you are charged a shipping fee, despite the animal not existing.
Advanced fee frauds can be large scale and lucrative for those who commit them. The consequences of being caught up in an investigation into such a scheme may be severe. Anyone who is facing or fears becoming the focus of an advanced fee fraud investigation should seek legal advice immediately.
How we can help?
At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry that criminal investigations cause and the potential consequences that such proceedings can have on you, your family and your livelihood. Our solicitors and Counsel are renowned for their aggressive and forensic approach to defending serious and complex fraud allegations. We can conduct your case at every stage from initial interviews with the investigators, to the Court of Appeal and beyond. We are experts in the ancillary fields of asset forfeiture and restraint proceedings which affect many clients accused of fraud and which can be as stressful as the criminal investigation itself.
Our lawyers will also support you through the proceedings by ensuring that at every stage you are provided with the advice and information you need in order to be empowered to make decisions to suit your best interests. .
Cartwright King's national fraud defence team is lauded in the leading directories for the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. The ratings not only show both the expertise and strength in depth of the fraud team, but also the team’s unequalled geographical reach.
If you require legal assistance within this field, please call on 0808 168 5550 or email us using the contact form below.
Each case is different and must be assessed on its own merits. However, Cartwright King can offer a range of fee solutions to fit almost any circumstances. In certain circumstances, Legal Aid may be available to you and, if appropriate, our solicitors can guide you through the process of applying for Legal Aid to cover your proceedings.
Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, our team of Fraud solicitors are adopting Skype video calling to continue providing excellent legal services to you.
How to make contact
If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively, you can email us using the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Cartwright King also promotes remote working, so we can provide you with the same excellent service outside of our office locations.