Reporting scam emails to Met Police

Peter Sommer peter at
Sun Dec 4 17:09:43 GMT 2011

True, but s 2 Fraud Act obviates the need to go the inchoate route, the 
email's false representation is the offence:

Fraud by false representation
(1)A person is in breach of this section if he—
(a)dishonestly makes a false representation, and
(b)intends, by making the representation—
(i)to make a gain for himself or another, or
(ii)to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.
(2)A representation is false if—
(a)it is untrue or misleading, and
(b)the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.
(3)“Representation” means any representation as to fact or law, 
including a representation as to the state of mind of—
(a)the person making the representation, or
(b)any other person.
(4)A representation may be express or implied.
(5)For the purposes of this section a representation may be regarded as 
made if it (or anything implying it) is submitted in any form to any 
system or device designed to receive, convey or respond to 
communications (with or without human intervention).

On 04/12/2011 16:47, Ian Mason wrote:
> Under English law all attempts at committing criminal offences are 
> themselves criminal offences. Collectively with conspiracy to commit 
> and incitement to commit, these are known as inchoate offences. It is 
> highly likely that a court would regard the sending of an email, with 
> intent to commit fraud, as reaching the standard necessary to commit a 
> criminal attempt, even if the substantive offence of fraud never 
> actually occurs. 

Peter Sommer

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