reports that a 21-year old man from Cambridge, England has been arrested in connection with a mass-emailing that led people to believe they were being billed for an iPod.
The e-mail directed readers to call a phone number that routed to the Huntingdon police station’s switchboard. Hundreds of callers reported called the police station after receiving the e-mail. The Cambridgshire police released a statement acknowledging the existence of the e-mail.
Deputy chief constable Alan Given called the prank “a deliberate attempt to affect the service provided by the [police] force,” rather than a real attempt to withdraw money from people’s accounts, and asked people victimized by the e-mail to ignore it unless they actually found money missing from their bank accounts.
If victims discovered missing funds of almost £400, they are then advised to “contact [their] local force as soon as possible.”