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Name: How you recognize male scammers.
Other Comments: I am Miss Marple and a contributor at this site, I have met many victims here at this site and I wanted to create an thread for those who are interested to find out how you recognize African male scammers. I met an scammer while ago, and he came from Nigeria and he tried to scam me, that’s why I created this thread so you can save some time and hopefully your Money by reading this general information I have written here.
I have made studies of African scammers in general and collected some stuff. I will represent here some basic information and some good advices what you can think about when you are out on the dating sites and online, which are the best ways to avoid scammers and learn how to spot them.
Are you an woman and have met the most wonderful, good looking and to good to be true man on the internet? He is also very smart, well educated, working probably as an constructor or engineer and travels a lot in his job, He tells you that he is an widower and has raised his child all alone, and he is now looking for true love. He falls in love very quickly and wants to marry you and wants to meet you soon. Suddenly he must travel to Africa. To Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory coast or another west African country for work and he will come back soon to meet you soon as possible. During his visit he gets in lot of trouble, he gets sick or have accidents. And he suddenly needs money, his credit card is not good enough or he’s has trouble to get his money from his account. Then he begins to ask for money.
Is this something you recognize?? You have probably met an scammer from Africa. Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory coast, Senegal and Dakar is the most common countries where scammers comes from, but they do operate with accomplices from European countries also as Germany, Holland and United Kingdom. Malaysia and China has also reported more scammers activities the latest time.
There is lot of different scams, Lottery scams, Charity scams, credit card scams and spams (Variation from the 419 scam)and other different types of scams, But this is page is only about ROMANCE SCAMMERS or DATING SCAMMERS
1.Scammers use templates before they starts to ask for money and there is variations in time in that also before they do that from 2 weeks until 2-3 years. Scammers use templates because they scam many people at the same time and have no time to write personal mails.
2.Look for the language, scammers has often very bad grammar and their skills in European language is bad, the templates are often translated by GOOGLE
3.They fell in love very quickly and talk about endless and undying LOVE
4.Avoiding your questions in the mails (typical for scammers who use templates) but variations do exist in this also.
5. Asking money from strangers is a scam, African, Russian, man,woman makes NO DIFFERENCE! http://ladies-russia.net/Scam.php 6.The scammer tells you to end your dating site account because you are the only true love for him (this is the way he can control the victim)
7.Scammers uses an +44 as an UK number to confuse victims with that they are in UK but they are in fact in Nigeria . ID Spoofing
8.If it sounds to good to be true it is often that also.
What can you do to protect yourself?
You must protect yourself even if it is not an scammer you are talking to. Never give out any personal information to somebody that you don’t know such your home address, telephone numbers no bank account/credit card numbers or other sensitive information as log in to your email addys or other accounts .Scammers asks for telephone numbers so they can convince people with their undying love as they asks for money, so don’t give out any phone numbers to foreigners. As scammers are criminal in the cyber world their knowledge in computers are very good .Get yourself an good Antivirus program to protect you from malware and spams, never click on links that unknown people sends you in mails, there could be an trojan waiting for you. As trojan is an malware and is created to steal and copy information from other computers.
How do scammers work out and how do you recognize them??
Maybe you are talking for the moment with an scammer but nothing is not what it appears to be as the wonderful man you talking to is an criminal sitting in a internet cafe and knows exactly what he is doing ,because he has done this so many times before that you can’t even imagine that your lovely man is only an criminal and wants to have your money, they are trained to be psychological and knows exactly what to talk and uses your weaknesses to get you into the trap. They send you gifts and talks poetry to you to get you really fall in love. And when you are enough in love then they starts to ask for money. They suddenly gets in to trouble and get into accidents and make up fake stories and involves other scammers also pretending to be doctors and lawyers or barristers that the story sound so real as possible, so that the victim feels empathy and open up the wallet to the scammer. They ask money for anything, from food to hospital bills, they can even send you fake documents that you have to sign your personal information that you suddenly can get involved in the crimes to without any knowledge of what you have really got involved into. As scammers are criminals they are involved in money laundry and drugs. They use most Western union to transfers to receive money from victims, but money gram is also more common now. Scammers uses stolen identities from other victims from another earlier scams or stolen from internet also. So the names they use to collect your money in are not their own names. So catch theses scammers are very difficult because of this.
The grammar is very bad as their skills are not good in English so they use templates translated by some translator and many time the scammers uses GOOGLE to translate their letters, so look for the language in the letters you receive from the scammers. Scammers uses much religion also in their scams they talk many times that they are GOD fearing and pretend to be very religious. http://www.delphifaq.com/faq/male_scammers/f3269.shtml?p=11#comments often the scammers has children and they are widowers also, because in this way they can affect the victims in a emotionally way to the single mothers, everybody can be scammed but they often seek for single women with kids and in the age of 40, as people has generally made carrier and has an stabile economic situation as that attract scammers of course.
What can you do if you suspect you talking to an scammer?
If you suspect that the person you are talking to on the internet is an scammer, there is sites where you can seek for photographs, as I have put an link in the beginning of this information, but there is others you can do also, if you have contact with an scammer through email, you can look up the IP address, that the person uses and see if the person uses forged IP or has been reported to an scammer site. If the IP address is forged it is absolutely an scam, no real and honest person uses forged IP address, and if they begin to start talking about Africa that they are travelling to Nigeria or Ghana for business or work it is an scam also. Even if they have not asked for money yet it can be an scammers as well, as they can wait with that question a long time. Look for information on the internet what your love is doing and report scammers to sites because only by reporting scammers you reduce the scammers to operate and scam other people. Talk to other people about scamming and inform your friends who you also are talking to on the internet. If you have been scammed you must of course report this crime to the nearest authorities in your hometown and country. And here I have some links where you can find also information what you can do if you have been scammed, but I must put out an warning if you want to report scammers to authorities in Africa be careful who you are talking to, and also find out if it is real people you have contact with, as scammers abuses also this and goes under fake persons and scams people by saying the helping scammed people, there is a lot of fake detectives, so be careful who you are talking to and who you leave your personal information to.
International Bank Transfer Fraud
As you are aware the internet stretches to every corner of the world and on the internet you have people who find opportunity in the form of Fraud (Lying & Cheating) the many good online businesses using the internet to conduct their international business using any and all means available to them.
These criminals - commonly called Scammers - use forged documents from banks, forged/fake cheques, fake identity and passports, and of course use the internet sites posing as potential buyers to receive Proforma Invoices (which they get your account information from and then steal your Company Identity, even possibly your identity to use in new crimes) from suppliers, etc.
Most of these people are professionals at it, and make thousands of dollars a year preying on the good trust of people who believe they are a real buyer or a person in need.
Over 98% of these criminals originate from Africa, specifically Nigeria and specifically target American or European countries to capitalise on the historical racial sympathy towards Africans from those countries and their social and political sensitivities.
Now let me explain the 2 most common ways for these criminals to get your trust...
1.You receive an introduction letter via email...In this letter they usually tell a story about a person who dies and the family is in great danger or wants to leave the country, etc. There is always a story about the person who has died, (once again a basic psycological technique to generate sympathy and place the criminal above suspicion) that they were from a wealthy family or government official or big businessman. Then their letter goes on to say that there is a large sum of money, which was hidden away or put away in a foreign bank, etc. and that the current family cannot transfer it safely out of the country without outside help. This is where you come in.....They propose to you that transfer the money into your account and keep it safe for them to pick up in the future from your country. For doing this, you will receive between 20-30% of the total amount of the money they propose to transfer into your account.
Now, this is where the Scam begins....Once you say Ok to the proposal, They will provide you with a wide array of forged documents and other information so that you can verify that this is real. They sometimes provide cheques for a certain amount so that they build your confidence, etc. Their cheques will clear in your bank with no problems. Once they receive your trust, They will ask for your complete banking details so that they can wire you the total money transfer....and when they have that information, they will strike! They have access to your account now, and will try to withdrawal all your money in your account....If they are the patient kind of criminal, They will wait and lure you into their trap a little more before they take all your money, telling you that there are costs involved for the transfer, including legal fees, etc, and that these fees must be paid before they can send the money into your account....So if you want to receive that 20-30%, you will have to pay these fees, etc or the deal cannot go through....
That is where you begin to lose a lot of money...because you keep sending the funds to pay this fee and that fee, all the time they are reassuring you that the money will be sent soon, never once showing that the money was never there and that they are all doing this to get your hard earned money...
Eventually, they will try to get your money through your account withdrawal, and they will get some before your bank alerts you....but all those fees you paid, are where the Scammer really makes his money, and he/she has long disappeared without a trace before you can do anything about it, probably using a new identity from the previous person he just scammed!
There are variations of the Scam as well...Sometimes they use a Religious or Racial guilt complex attitude to make you feel pity and send them money.
I will give you some tell-tale signs on how to spot a scammer letter in a little bit....but now onto the 2nd type of method used!
2.This method is widely used on many tradeboards on the Internet.
You receive an Email or Inquiry from a potential buyer...The person requests a price list along with full details/specifications, and is eager to see samples. Everything seems like a normal buyer inquiry...You send them the information they request and await their reply. They then request samples, at which time you inform them the price, etc.
And this is where the Scam begins...They request a Proforma Invoice, which is normal for business...but then again it's deadly in the hands of a scammer...Now it's off to the two choices the Scammer has to get your money or products for free...
A. They inform you that they can only send you payment by Cheque or Credit Card...If you accept these ways you are in big trouble...as you have just been scammed...You might feel that you have no problems, because the check went through and the credit card was accepted, but you will in the future...because 99% of the time those checks are forged from someone else's account and the credit card numbers were stolen, and when the owner finds out they will recall the money...Hence you lose your merchandise costs, etc.
B. They receive your Proforma Invoice, which is what they really want because on that Proforma Invoice is all the information the scammer needs to take your identity, try to withdrawal your funds, and purchase samples using your good name and business reputation to aid his scam business for the next victim!
You will never hear from any of these people once they scam you...well not with that name again anyways...They'll probably contact you using a new identity and a new story or company and see if they can get your money and merchandise again...
Its a sad but true situation that needs to be addressed.
Some of these criminals will visit in person, often using countries with large African immigrant populations to aid in the fraud such as UK, Netherlands, Spain etc They will make you feel very confident and build a trusting relationship using basic psychological techniques often using subtle threats and coersion ...it is a sad reality...
March 17, 2010 9:37 PM
By LINDA N. WELLER
ALTON – An Alton woman apparently is out $49,400 while also being an unwitting participant in a two-front scam by a Nigerian man she “met” through an online dating service.
Her mistake of wiring money to Africa may land her in bankruptcy, an Alton Police Department report says.
The Nigerian reportedly had told the woman he needed the money to invest in a diamond mining business so as “to help his business and for the two of them to gain wealth and live worry-free together.”
The two never met in person, the police report says.
They did talk on the telephone, with the man calling the Alton woman daily “with numerous calls,” as well as communicating online.
The woman told police that she had sent 39 Western Union money wires and two MoneyGrams over an unspecified period of time after beginning the long-distance “relationship” last June.
Besides transferring the thousands of dollars to the man and to others under his direction, she also began accepting packages for him that contained new, name-brand merchandise.
The Nigerian had told her, “It was not safe (for the packages) to come directly to Nigeria,” so she should pay to have them mailed to him, the police report says.
However, the woman had not gotten around to re-mailing the packages when she received a telephone call last week from a man in Newport, N.C., who had discovered unauthorized charges of about $2,000 on his credit card.
The North Carolinian traced the shipment of some of the purchases to the woman’s Alton address, looked up her telephone number and called her, the police report says.
It was when the man called her that the woman realized she not only was a victim but unknowingly was accepting goods that the Nigerian had ordered using others’ credit card numbers, the report says.
The North Carolina man told her he was contacting Alton police and advised her to do so, also, which she did the same day.
The Alton woman eventually received even more packages, orders that were charged to the accounts of a man from Columbus, Ohio, a Kentucky woman and a Connecticut man.
The police report lists the contents and sales prices of the shipments as: two American Eagle brand shirts, $39 each; two blankets, no value listed; a $59.99 comforter; two Adidas brand shirts, $52 each; two Nike brand shirts, $45 each; American Eagle brand jeans and shirt, $39.50 each; an iPod touch screen from Best Buy; and a pair of Asics shoes, with no value listed on the last two items.
A reporter was unable to reach the victim for comment and further information, or Lt. Scott Golike, chief of detectives at the Alton Police Department, regarding involvement of any other law enforcement agencies in the investigation
A Christchurch woman says she feels “violated” after being targeted by an online love rat.
The fraudster, purporting to be a Swedish-born engineer by the name of Donald Andrews, corresponded daily with mother-of-three Michelle Summers, 46, for three weeks before he asked her for money.
The pair exchanged personal details through emails, photographs, phone calls, and “Andrews” even faked a plane ticket receipt to make it look like he was flying to New Zealand.
Their last contact was when the man asked the woman for $6750 after a business deal turned sour.
“It was pretty heartbreaking. [After three weeks] I believed him,” she said. “I thought he was genuine. I thought I had met my match.”
She met the man through internet dating site Match.com. He immediately started communicating by private email.
“Andrews” wrote long letters.
“Personal hygiene is very important to me as I love to smell good for that special woman,” he wrote. “I also enjoy giving that special woman a soothing massage, especially after a hard day as it is truly a stress reliever. I believe it’s nice to comb a woman’s hair now and then as well.”
As the relationship developed, the emails turned passionate.
“I want to grow old with you. I want to experience this crazy love for ever and ever,” he wrote.
The later emails described an increasingly tense “Andrews” on a difficult and stressful engineering job in Lagos, Nigeria, preparing to travel to Christchurch with his daughter.
On January 14, days before flying to New Zealand, he emailed, saying he could not cash the cheque he had been paid for his work and that he needed a loan to prevent him being delayed on the project.
“Baby it’s just 6750nzd. I have no-one else to turn to right now. I don’t want to miss my flight for any reason.”
Summers said she knew it was a scam as soon as she read it, but there was the nagging thought of, “What if it’s true?”
She and the man spoke on the phone, and when it became evident no money was forthcoming, he hung up.
Summers said she felt “sick” and violated because she had told him “some quite personal things”.
“I’ve got a friend on there [Match.com] and she probably would have given him the money because she’s so desperately lonely.”
Sean Lyons, of internet watchdog Netsafe, said romance scams were a highly developed form of the Nigerian lottery scam.
The hardest part for scammers was finding suitable marks, but a dating site had hundreds of people open to meeting people.
Lyons said victims felt personally violated but they should know they were probably not even dealing with a single person.
It was more likely they were an “account” being worked by a kind of call centre somewhere in the world.
“It’s not a con artist, it’s a business,” he said.
Scammers Use The Airline Scam To Defraud Their Love Victims:
An employee for an International Airline which does a huge volume in and out of Africa, via London has stated the airlines do not collect fees for anything except excess baggage, tickets or change fees.
The taxes scammers claim they have to pay do not exist. There are departure taxes in certain countries (like Aruba for example), they are paid to the Customs Officials at the departure point in the airport.
Customs Officials do not fine the passenger for not having proper documents. Customs Officials will deny admission and declared them as 'inads'. The individual will be returned to their point of origin on the next available flight.
Fines for Nigerians and Ghanaians are $2,500-$4,000 USD so before anyone gets on a plane for anywhere, you had better believe their papers are in order.
The Airlines are heavily fined for allowing people to board without proper documentation, meaning Visas, Transit Visas, etc. A Nigerian passport holder must hold one of three visas to even land in the UK:
(Airside transit visa) allows individuals to remain on the plane same airport without leaving the transit area (no clearing of immigration)
(24 hour visa) which means individuals can 'be' in the UK for up to 24 hours. This allows them to connect to another flight within 24 hours as long as their bags are thru checked and they have been checked into their connecting flight. They can go from terminal to terminal or change carriers.
(Leave to enter visa) which means they can 'see' London. Anyone who tells you they hold a Nigerian passport and is staying with friends or family in London a few days must have this document in a valid passport, a return ticket and adequate funds to care for themselves.
The pain and the sorrow and all the emotional things you go through after you have discovered that you are scammed by an african man that only wanted your money and not your love ,it is an horror to feel the abusement ...i have found an site that describes all this an victim of scam may go through ,so if you are scammed ore know someone that have been scammed please read this page ,maybe you understand your self better ore your friend that have been scammed...i will put out some articles of that page here and the link to that page...
In Love with a Romance Scammer
Being in love with a romance scammer is a reality for some.
Victims should not take responsibility for the crime. They have done nothing wrong and are suffering in grief at the death of their relationship, they feel great pain, rejection and anger.
Their words are valuable, encourage them to speak out and post their scammer quickly, they will regret it if they see another poster who was scammed after them. They have the power to alter the future of the victims and the scammers, they may not see their work but others will look at the time they became an important part of their life and remember the act with gratitude. They do have the privilege of changing people's perspectives on how society views victims but this can only be accomplished if they release their thoughts to the world.
Society blames the victim partly for the crime, this is an incorrect and ignorant view, everyone betrays logic in love, it is human nature and it is this human nature that the scammer works on. Society views law-abiding victims as part of the problem. This is unfair to the victim. Law-abiders are not criminals. We all betray logic in love, who hasn't?
It is not a crime to make a foolish decision in your love life, although it is when involved in a ROMANCE SCAM! The mind-set that currently regards the victim as part of the problem needs to be changed!
Most people do not know who is behind the screen after being scammed. Behind most Nigerian scams is a young black Nigerian man, possible university student or Lagos nobody using your funds for their high living, drugs, alcohol and designer everything. .
Some scammers have claimed they actually do fall in love and have encouraged the women to travel to Nigeria. These women are reported as either working in the scamming industry or are reported as being beaten, raped and robbed!. Take advice from the FBI, don't go over there to die!
Scammers are able to look at themselves in romance scam sites, read their own stories and contact the the women they have scammed again because they know she has no knowledge of who they really are and they can and do re-contact the ones they like. When they feel like they may be missing the woman, they contact them through another identity to fulfil their desires. They know who you are but it is never so easy for them to continue contact and the feelings they had, if any, will never be experienced in the same way again for them.
They are also known to 'hate all that has been kept'.and refer their behaviour as 'kissing the discontent'.
A scammer's life is not full of enjoyable talk to women, they come across all walks of life and have to listen to some not so nice personalities, a reflection of themselves and they have to agree with everything that is said. Their memories would be full of intimate stories, good and bad, they would listen to people who treat others unfairly like themselves. It would be interesting to know the psychological effects that scammers suffer, they are after all human.. Imagine having to pretend to be interested in someone who was just not likeable at all, day after day, week after week, month after month. The nature of their work could produce disturbed sleep cycles, bouts of fatigue, episodes of daytime slumber and night-time insomnia and perhaps the onset of psychosis is occuring with the continual delusional reality that they place themselves in along with their drug and alcohol use.
These women have had their hearts stolen
Their feet blackened from the darkness of where they walked
Their hearts no longer positioned where they should be
Behind every one of them is the same thief
He stands proudly amongst them
His heart black from delivering their hearts to the blackness of death
Many women are ashamed and keep their scam secret for fear of embarrassment or ridicule, the living become the ones they fear the most. The victim is left to feel a certain shame and embarrassment afer the crime but she should not. She is responsible for how she spends her money, she does not owe an explanation to anyone, it is no one elses business how she spends it or what she spends it on. If the family is upset at giving money away it may be because it was not given to them. Everyone wants money, even family. Perhaps family members have been left with a financial burden from the scam and the crime has affected them financially, families pull together in need all the time, it is a situation that requires a solution She thought she was doing the right thing at the time, she is upset because she was duped, she was taken advantage of and she knows that. She knows she is responsible for sending the money, where was her loving family at that time to help her, to send her scam information, to link her to someone with more knowledge of scams who could tell her it was not real. She needs more than being told it might be a scam, follow-up, she needs more than one sentence to listen to truth. Show her. Bring her to a new awareness so she can make an informed decision by herself. Help her to help herself, investigate for her, do the work for her. Scammers request that transfers are to be kept from others so as to shield them from embarrassment when they finally meet the family, perhaps she did not let anyone know. Ask her about her life, who she is talking to, ask questions, equip her with questions to ask him. Internet dating is different in that the whole family can scrutinize the suitor's outlook.
The scammer made the woman feel good, she may not have fallen so hard for those feelings if she did not need them so much, maybe she has been incredibly lonely, working hard, raising her family, always being the giver and receiving little in return, the family dynamic has contributed to her need although they are not responsible for the crime and neither is she. Maybe she came from a broken home and had an absent father, perhaps she is raising young children with little outside family contact, there could be many reasons.
The scammer became part of the family and was treated no different than any other family member in need. She will now be wary of bringing strangers in to her family. Make her feel safe by allowing her the freedom to talk about her scam, make her feel safe in her family home again.
Romance scammers makes various scams also as lottery scams but as PHOTOGRAPHERS !! it is not enough that they steal pictures from innocent people from modell agencies and from innocent victims they abuse artists and modells now to abuse them even more...the scams has no limits at all....
Hello,My name is Kelvin James., A photographer/Manager. I got your profile on model mayhem and I've a client who wants to update her Catalog with her new year Fashion outfits release & I'm interested in you for the hair stylist for 5 models on our shooting.your pay for the job will be $3,800. Get back to me with an acknowledgment of my mail. Job LocationThe shooting will hold at a rented photographers studio in your location,so you don't have to worry about traveling,the name and address of the studio will be forwarded to you before the date of the shooting,You can come along with any body of your choice on the day of the shooting,your mum,dad,friend,anybody you wish to come with just for you to feel more comfortable. Job detailsYou have 2 different Fashion hair style to cover for each model,which would be provided by our client on the day of the shooting. Types of cloths;shooting Dressing will be Jeans and Jackets Name of client;Diane William Company Name;Rose-Ville Clothing Fashion Job percentage;The total pay for the jobs is $3,800 and you get $1,200 as your part payment. Shooting Date;The date for the shooting is not fix,I will have to make arrangement for that ahead from now,I will email you the exact date for the shooting a week before and as soon as the arrangement is completed with our client.We expect you to Extremely Outgoing & Personable,out spoken,Must be Reliable.. Payment Policy;As part of working policy and ethics,I receive part payment from any client before I proceed with any job and balance immediately after the shooting,this is to identify a serious client and ascertain the job,I hope you comprehend this fact. I will keep you updated as to when our client wants to make upfront payments. Please I'd like you to check your email on a regular bases, I might have updates for you.Kelvin James.A Photographer
I'm attractive man who loves to laugh and look at the funnier side of life. This does not mean I do not take things seriously. I like very much to discover other cultures. I would like to meet a partner, and hope that our relationships could develop in something special, long-term and meaningful. I like people who are sensitive, curious, adventurous, and spontaneous, with a great sense of humor. My hobbies are traveling, art, movies, reading, theater,sexy I love parties, I enjoy music, my friends and my family. I'm energetic, friendly and easy going person who believes in people and loves meeting people in any place of the world.I'm looking to meet a nice,caring,loving,fun,have good sense of humor,kind,honest and serious lady that will be a good compassion,lady that i can cuddle with,share all the good thing of life with.Am ready for a real and serious relationship
Terry JP Binder
Date of birth
Villa Park (California)
Terry Allen Wood Construction
Construction Engineer (Manager)
single and hot Looking for
Reading,Singing,Writ- ing,Travelling and lots more
This is an posting made today probably from an victim of scam ,how the scammers abuses everything ! even the Western Union ...scammers send out mails to victims that they will recieve back money because they were scammed ,by telling the victims that if they pay 200 dollars they will recieve 200 000 dollars from Western Union!! ...please if you recieve something like this DO NOT SEND MONEY !!!!! and do not REPLY this mail!!!
WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER INC.
Dear Valued Client,
We officially write you this mail as a result of our just concluded findings regarding you and the Fraudsters who victimized you as they in return ripped you off your hard earned money as a result of false promises that you do have some fund with them, however, we have partially and unknowingly been in line to have helped you remit your fund to this Fraudsters without due investigation which at most times are not appreciated by most of our Customers who intend to send money abroad, but yet, we still accept the fault as it is our duty to be interested in the safety of our patronizing Customers which you happen to be one of them.
The Global Crime Fighting Committee along with Money Transfer Companies, which also included Money Gram (MG) had instructed that this process of Reparation be carried out to all Victims, as a medium of showing how much we care about you and feel concerned and pity for your great lost. To this extent, we have been mandated to pay you the sum of $200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only), which is intended to be sent to you via Western Union on a daily basis of $5,000 for a whole month till the total fees, is remitted. For further enquiry, you are advised to respond to this mail.
Please to help us issue this payment to you, we urge that you detail us with your Pick-up details such as;
Receiver's Full Names
Receiver's Full Address
Receiver's Direct Phone Number
This data's are needed because we need to have them filed and also to have it presented to the Global Crime Fighting Committee for confirmation of Reparation. Please after this, we'll urge you to be very careful when dealing with people you have never met and be conscious of letting out your hard earned money too., As we hope and pray that you'll learn from your mistakes and seize to fall into such trap with your Reparation Prize, however, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your payment to you.
MR Richard Bent
This Reparation prize valued at $200,000.00 only attracts the sum of $200 to be paid as the dispensation fees, once this is received, there shall be no further demands from you, and that will be all you need do to get you fund along with the required information above. NB: Please be informed that this is no kind of a joke, and that this mail is only and strictly intended to those who are willing to be compensated as we do
not hope to get response if you are not ready to ad held to this processing as been stipulated by the Western Union Board of Directives. So, be advised to response back with the perspective of sending down your details and be prepared to settle the processing cost, for without this, your mail will not be treated.
Dr. Emmanuel Kut.
Western Union Dept.
The african scammers are spreading to all over the world as streetscammers...
African Street Scammers In Thailand
What I can't seem to work out is why the Thai immigration department has a high level, or shall we say tolerance, for letting in a large volume of North African male criminals at the moment.
Personally, I have nothing against these people as a race or about them coming to Thailand for work or tourism, but what I do have a big problem with is all of their criminal activities here. Very few of them have jobs or business here in Thailand, are here for tourism, or do anything to add to the local economy except spending a bit of money on cheap apartments, alcohol, and food. The bulk of what they are involved with here are criminal activities. Drugs, credit card fraud, fake check scams, identity theft (for transferring money through banks), internet scams (many of them are operating out of internet cafes around the Sukhumvit Soi 3 area in the Muslim quarter), and the biggest, most visible illegal activity they do in Bangkok is street scamming by praying on unsuspecting Westerners (both tourist and expats).
If you look at the ethnic makeup of inmates in the jails in Thailand the first largest ethnic group is Thais, but the second largest group is made up of a mix of Nigerians and Ghanaians. If you talk about the ethnicity of the people in the immigration jails who have overstayed visas, they are 70%-80% male Africans.
A friend of mine (who happened to be African American himself) got scammed by some of these street scamming Africans around the Sukhumvit area as early as about 6-7 years ago on a black money scam/black dollar scam (Google it!). He lost somewhere between US$10,000 and US$20,000 and this scamming modality is one of their most popular and successful Nigerian street scams worldwide. So what they are doing here to people is not new, but it is growing in rapid numbers.
In neighboring countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, etc it is very difficult for them to get in and set up their crime networks in general there because of more stringent visa regulations on Africans in general. In Malaysia and China they seem to be able to get in and established pretty easily as well. They work in groups and gangs and most of these guys coming here are dirt poor, but their air tickets and cheap accommodations are often financed by the heads of their small scamming/criminal networks. They also use the young African guys they bring in as mules to move drugs around Asia mixed in with clothes, shoes, and other cheap export items they buy here once they get them over here from Africa. In China they are big on finding local mules to setup bank accounts for them so they can move money around more easily and avoid the higher cost of using Western Union and Money Gram, which also limits their transfers to $10,000 per transaction.
The other night I was standing outside of Foodland on Sukhumvit Soi 5 and watched two African guys in their mid thirties start up conversation with an unsuspecting middle aged Western man who was walking by minding his own business. Within minutes I could hear the Africans inviting him for coffee to discuss some 'business opportunity'. I couldn't stand to listen to anymore of this so I walked away. When I am in that area, I get approached by no less than 5 African men trying to start up similar type conversation with me. And it is not just a night time activity. They do it in bars, coffee shops, the sky train and wherever they can find foreigners who are relaxed, unsuspecting, and willing to chat.
They are not only praying on Western's, but young Thai women as well. They are very persistent and aggressive and often find a Thai woman to take them in for a while and feed them with the promise that they are waiting for a big money transfer from overseas on some work they are doing. Of course the money never comes because there isn't any to begin with and, once the Thai girl gets tired of it all, then the African males moves onto the next victim. They have even been known to scam more affluent Thai girls via dating sites into paying their airfares to come over to Thailand from Africa with the promise of a lot of money in return when they arrive here.
It is a terrible development for Thailand and just getting worse by the day. Crime is on the rise as a result of all the influx of these male Africans and both foreigners and locals alike are the victims. There is a simple solution to stopping it at an immigration level though as many of the surrounding countries have done. Why Thailand, a more developed and better capitalized country, doesn't take a harder line on these people I just don't know. As always, it comes down to money in this country, but at some point I think people here have to stop being so short sited and open their eyes a bit wider to how big the problem has already become and how quickly it could completely spiral out of control.
This post has been edited by JohnnyJohn: 2010-04-02 13:46:04
Nigeria is clamping down on its infamous email scammers. But it is law enforcement enough?
Lagos, Nigeria—Remember that Nigerian prince who contacted you a few months back, saying he needed assistance transferring his inheritance to the United States. If you would help him he would give you 10 percent of the total sum?
All he needed was your bank account details, and you’d be well on your way to riches—or at least on your way to seeing your riches siphoned off to an enterprising Nigerian.
Chances are, that email was written from a console somewhere in Festac Town, a quiet, ramshackle suburb of Lagos, Nigeria.
Here, a cluster of net café’s are rumored in Lagos’s press to be some of the last holdouts against a Nigerian federal crackdown on the country’s email scammers.
The Electronic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria has been putting email scammers in jail for the last two years. The commission has had some high profile victories. In October, it arrested 58 scammers in the city of Kaduna. The EFCC has invited journalists on a successful high-profile operation to apprehend a scamming ring and cooperation between international police agencies have foiled Nigerian-led rings that ran multimillion-dollar fraud schemes. In a 2007 report, the EFCC said it handled more than 18,000 advanced-fee fraud cases, a six-fold increase in just four years.
Now, even the net cafes in Festac are feeling the heat. Signs on the walls warn that the EFCC is watching and will prosecute scammers. Café managers are guarded
In Lagos, Festac Town has the reputation of a crumbling neighborhood. It was once a posh, park-lined suburb that the Nigerian government built in 1977, during the country’s first oil boom, to house participants in the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture. The festival drew tens of thousands from around the world to celebrate the achievements of the African Diaspora. Festac remained an upscale, desirable neighborhood until the 1980s.
But in the 1980s and 90s, Nigeria’s military government allowed Festac to deteriorate, and its wealthier residents left for newer neighborhoods. The area became a destination for youths hanging on to the bottom edge of Lagos’s middle class.
The history of Festac Town is a distinctly Nigerian one—a tale of squandered wealth and dashed potential. The idle, able youth who populate its Internet cafes, like Festac Town’s apartment buildings, were made for a future of far more promise.
When I walk into Steadylink Communication, a dimly lit, third-floor café with unfinished plywood cubicles, customers’ heads immediately turn. A foreigner with a notepad is not a common sight in this far-flung neighborhood. But my friend Kirk—a local journalist who has offered to show me around—tells me that a Nigerian in the same position would stir far more suspicion. People say that the EFCC has been sending undercover agents to shut down cafes.
It’s not clear to me, or to most anyone I talk to, whether the EFCC efforts have actually stopped small-time scammers from fishing for prey, or just driven them underground. The Internet Crime and Complaint Center (IC3), a U.S. federal body that tracks crime on the Web, actually reported an increase last year in the percentage of Internet crimes in the United States that had Nigerian perpetrators. For years, the IC3 has ranked Nigeria as the number-three source of Internet crimes in the world, behind the United States and the United Kingdom. The fact that Internet penetration in Nigeria is less than 7 percent seems to indicate that Nigerian scammers are particularly industrious.
The variety of scams is constantly growing. They prey not only on victims’ naïveté but also their greed—common scams include a request to facilitate a bank transfer of ill-gotten money. With a global pool to fish from—victims hail from richer countries on every continent—scammers only need a tiny percentage of people to take the bait.
The EFCC may not have stopped these scams, but the campaign has made a strong impression on café owners. Prince Kenneth Okonedo, the managing director of Steadylink, shows up in the café shortly after I arrive and starts feeding me talking points that sound well-practiced.
“We can monitor all the activity of computers in the café,” he tells me. “If we catch someone doing illegal things on their computers, we kick them out. If they come back, then we don’t serve them, because we know their face.”
Okonendo claims that has been happening a lot less frequently.
“There is always someone stubborn,” he adds with a smile. “If that happens, we can call troops to come and take them.” He says he has taken those measures only a couple of times, though he can’t describe a specific instance.
Café users I meet in Nigeria tell me that, since the EFCC campaign began, café staff peer over shoulders and monitor all the activity that occurs on their Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The EFCC is monitoring café activity, so the cafés monitor their customers. Okonendo confirms this, and tells me that the telltale sign of a scammer at work is that a vast amount of similar, template text will pass through the café’s ISP. This signals that someone is using cut and paste to send bulk spam, and a staff person makes a visit to the terminal.
Nextdoor at King’s Net Café, the manager on duty has a similar message to Okonendo’s. King’s café is more upscale. Natural light floods the room from three sides, there’s a pool table in one corner and an employee wearing a blue polo emblazoned with the café’s name serves soft drinks. The clientele—almost entirely young men—chat, surf and shoot eight ball.
Manager Ope Loye sits behind a laptop with a camera attached to it. A ask him if he knows the hit Nigerian rap tune “Yahooze”,in which singer Olu Maintain celebrates the high-rolling life of an email scammer. He laughs sheepishly.
Loye says no one is allowed to scam at his café. “Once they come in, we start monitoring, and if they are doing anything with cut and paste or anything like that, we ask them to leave.” That barely ever happens—fast wireless connections are not hard to get in Nigeria, and more email scammers are working from home now, he says.
But no matter how much the EFCC clamps down, the underlying reasons that Nigeria has gained the reputation of global Internet scam capital remain. Nigeria boasts a huge pool of relatively well-educated, jobless youth.
“You have a situation where you produce very educated graduates, people who are exposed well, aware of what’s happening and all of that,” says Ayo Olagunju, a software designer and financial analyst who grew up in Festac. “So you have educated people who are unemployed. And then maybe a friend says, Hey, you can make some quick bucks here. And you try it, and it works, and you get addicted.”
Fundamentally, Olagunju says, the email scam epidemic is the straightforward result of having highly skilled, Internet-savvy youths with no meaningful, legal opportunities to do work.
Olagunju would like to see government programs that help young scammers become legitimate entrepreneurs. He says Internet crime is just as damaging to Nigeria as it is to naïve foreign victims.
“I’m in the financial industry, and a deal I should just talk through over dinner, you have to word it and get lawyers to convince them you’re not fake,” he says. “It’s affecting people who are genuine.”
In their search for riches, he says, email scammers keep digging Nigeria into a deeper hole.
Please help me locate this man,Ayo Lekan.The address is no.78,Muslin,Lagos,Nigeria.A certain man use this name to withdraw the amount of $50 Western Union I was able to send at this address.Please help me to stop and locate them,if they are Internet Online Dating Scammers.Please update me at my yahoo email address I just registered nowThanks.
Miss Marple from United States
Please provide more information ,as for an example an emailaddress to this scammer,if you have an photo also of this scammer would be very good,but when you post something to this site never post your private email address here,so you dont get spammed . Do not send money,every contact from an West-african Country on the internet is an fraud.
The U.S. Embassy Accra now receives as many as 15 requests per week from Americans all over the US who have lost anywhere from $1,000 to over $20,000 sending money to a fiancé, girlfriend, boyfriend or just a friend in Ghana who they met over the Internet.
Dating websites are very popular in the U.S. offering Americans the opportunity to meet other singles. However, the anonymity of the site allows criminals in Ghana to take advantage of unsuspecting American singles by forging fraudulent relationships and attempting to get money out of them. The majority of Americans who start an online relationship with a Ghanaian originally think they are corresponding with someone in the United States. Americans meet Ghanaians on all of the major dating websites and many of the more specialized chat rooms. Only after a relationship is formed does the correspondent inform the American that they are from Ghana.
Relationships can last anywhere from 1-3 months before the Ghanaian correspondents will ask you for money. There are several generic stories that are used: death or illness in the family, need to escape an abusive situation, visa and travel expenses, or arrest by customs officials for smuggling gold. Regardless of the reason for the request, the American is usually so involved in the relationship that they send money on the first request. At this point, relationships have usually advanced from email to phone calls. Often, the American has spoken with the Ghanaian's 'relatives' and/or visa broker and feels like a part of the family.
Some Americans start to question the relationship after they receive two or three requests for money and no visit. Many victims have noted that it is at this point when they found Embassy fraud warnings on the Internet. The majority of Ghanaian correspondents send pictures of themselves along with scanned copies of altered Ghanaian passports and U.S. visas to assure Americans of their existence and their intent to visit. Pictures are generally headshots taken from websites (the most notable coming from a Brazilian transsexual website).
The next and most lucrative step in the scam comes when the Ghanaian correspondent ostensibly leaves Ghana but is picked up by Ghanaian, British or Dutch immigration authorities. Usually, the American receives an email or phone call from their friend in prison asking for more money to bribe the officials to facilitate their release. We have had several cases where the 'customs officer' has called the American directly. Since Ghana is known as the Gold Coast most Ghanaian correspondents are able to convince their American friend that they carry their inheritance in the form of gold bars that they will smuggle out of Ghana to start their new life in America. Many Americans believe this and have parted with as much as $10,000 in hopes of receiving millions of dollars worth of gold when their 'friend' arrives in the U.S.
U.S. Embassy Accra is combating this fraud trend through providing additional information on its website and by working closely with local police authorities. This has been useful in making Americans aware of the high level of fraud in Ghana and educating them on Internet fraud. The webpage offers information on the visa process and contact information for personnel at post who can assist in verifying visas that are used in the scam. Generally, Americans involved in this scam fall into two categories--they either do their homework or they do not. Those who do their homework check the Embassy webpage early in their relationship and lose only $100 - $3,000. Those who do not do their homework generally end up losing large amounts of money. Often, they contact the embassy only when their 'friend' has been 'arrested' at customs and they need embassy assistance.
As long as Internet chat rooms and dating services are in demand in the U.S. this scam will flourish. Through the embassy website, the Fraud Prevention Unit (FPU) is educating Americans on fraud trends in Ghana before they have lost large sums of money. Also, in an effort to gather more information, the Embassy has developed a questionnaire that is sent to Americans who have been the victims of Internet fraud. The information gained will be passed to Ghanaian authorities to further educate them on the existence and scope of this ever-growing problem.