SCAMMERS claiming to be from the US Embassy tried to get the bank details of a borough man.
Ashraf Farghaly, from Hillfield, has warned people to be on their guard after he received the legitimate-looking email.
The message, which had an official heading, concerned America’s Green Card Lottery.
This is a Government programme and open to countries that have low-immigration rates into the US.
But father-of-two Ashraf smelt a rat when the email started asking for bank details and has informed the police
“It looked very legitimate, it had the American flag and all the correct information on there,” explained the 50-year-old.
“I have no idea how they got my details but I would warn other people to be careful about anything that asks for bank numbers
“There are a lot of scams going around at the moment, my wife recently received an email from people pretending to be the HSBC.”
A quick internet search by the Solihull News confirmed that this was quite a common scam.
If you’ve got concerns about an email you’ve received go to www.scambusters-uk.org