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Islanders warned about scam mail

Channel Islanders are being warned over a scam letter in circulation from a registry called "Cambridge Who's Who".

The letter invites recipients to submit their personal details for free on a website for inclusion in a "directory of executives and professionals".

According to Guernsey States Data Protection Office, any personal details submitted could be used for identity theft or sold to marketing companies.

The office is urging people to ignore the letter and not visit the website.

A spokesman for the Data Protection Office (DPO) warned: "Although touted as free, the likelihood is that you would be pursued for a credit card payment of hundreds of dollars to access 'member benefits' of which there are none.

"You are advised to ignore the letter and not to visit the internet site which may be used to gather your IP address and other details from your browser."

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