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June 02, 2005 12:37 ET

Princess Diana Scam: Email Fraud Warning

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - Jun. 02, 2005) - Millions of people around the UK have been on the receiving end of an email scam purporting to aid a "Princess Diana Memorial Fund".

Emails from a variety of sources claim to offer a "unique confidential 600-page report" revealing "the truth" about the death of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and her companion Dodi Fayed. According to the email, the report is "banned in the UK" because it contains "truly explosive information", but is being offered for sale, via a clickable link to the website www.princess-di.net, at GBP9.99 per copy.

According to Early Warning, the "report", the email and the website have no connection to the real charity set up to honour the late Princess Diana - which is not called the "Princess Diana Memorial Fund" but The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

On the contrary, the people behind the email are fraudsters who operate from a series of bogus addresses. One of the names used in the email scam is the "International Public Council on Protection of Freedom of Speech". No such organisation exists.

The fraud has been brought to public attention by the organisation Early Warning, which maintains the UK's largest and most comprehensive database of online and credit card fraud, and works with the Police, security companies, banks, online payment service providers [PSPs] and credit card companies.

Andrew Goodwill, Managing Director of Early Warning, said: "We realised at once that this was a scam and have tracked it back to a bogus address, one of many used by these fraudsters. We immediately alerted the payment service provider and they closed the account, but the fraudsters are able to divert payments through to another account straight away. It is relatively easy for any criminal to set up an account and a website, in this case using a fictional London address, a fictional organisation, and offering for sale a fictional product. So, be warned: If you receive an email of this kind, it is a scam."

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EARLY WARNING, www.early-warning.org.uk, Tel 0870 874 4999

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