Shopper gives scqam shorts shrift

PUBLISHED: 15:26 04 August 2006 | UPDATED: 10:45 01 June 2010

SHOPPERS are being warned to be on their guard after a confidence trick was uncovered at Asda s Wisbech store. A begging letter asking for financial help for a Bangladesh mum and two children, who were said to have been horribly burned in an acid attack,

SHOPPERS are being warned to be on their guard after a confidence trick was uncovered at Asda's Wisbech store.

A begging letter asking for financial help for a Bangladesh mum and two children, who were said to have been horribly burned in an acid attack, was found in a pair of shorts.

Jane Viney, a mother of four from Whaplode, discovered the typed letter in the George label shorts when she got them home. The letter asked her to give money for surgery via a website and featured harrowing pictures of a burned family, and details of a Dhaka bank account.

Instead of falling for the scam, Ms Viney contacted Asda who investigated on her behalf. The website originated in prosperous Long Beach, California, and that those particular shorts were not manufactured in Bangladesh. "It is a total scam", said an Asda spokesman. "If anyone else finds any of these letters, they should ignore them."

At Asda in Wisbech, staff have checked all the remaining clothing and have found no other letters. "This seems to be just an isolated incident", said a spokesman.

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