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) The British press reports that Comfort Afolabi, a woman of Nigerian extraction but with British citizenship, while running a charity called the Detainee Support and Help Unit, put a BBC undercover reporter in contact with a criminal who could supply false documents.
The reporter was posing as an aylum seeker facing deportation.
As well as trying to fool you into paying an advance fee, they will use your personal information to clone your identity and try to access your accounts (or use your identity in a credit card fraud). Kamelo David representing the "Ministry" is asking permission to transfer over 30 million dollars to your personal/business account. Check it out while you can for a typical example of the "banking" websites to which potential fraud victims are directed. It's got to be FX Finance has (had) a website which publishes a London address, but strangely both the street name and the postcode seem to be invented!
Looks like the Amsterdam police missed one in their recent raids! I notice that the registrant of the domain name uses an American address and an anonymous e-mail contact address. Standardtrust Securities, 14/16 Wellington street, Birmingham United Kingdom. Since this note first appeared the street name has been corrected but there is still no building number (and guys - Berkely Street is not in the W1J postcode area! Could there be any relationship between this august financial institution and the advance fee fraud criminals?
Apparently the President of Nigeria has declared "total war" on the 419 scam artists and said that they shall have "no hiding place".
That's all very well but the President should know that Amsterdam, Jo'burg and London all have nests of these vipers.
Cork, none Tel: 00353 21 4375253Fax: 00353 21 [email protected]"Mc Grail's of Erin"Anne Mc Grail/Peruscini Chairperson - Mc Grail's of Erin Desert Passage @ the Aladdin Suite 1953663 Las Vegas Blvd.
They have been known to manufacture exit problems so that the mark can be pressured to hand over money as a condition of being allowed to leave Nigeria.
Be aware that, despite the fancy crests and legalese, there is no such company at this address For many years Nigerian criminals have targeted people around the world with stories about liberating millions of dollars, once the property of a toppled dictator or a deceased expatriot.
They used to fax but they have now discovered e-mail and can reach more potential marks.
If you have received mail naming this "company" or a copy of a document like the one illustrated here, you are a target of the fraud gangs.
The document may be signed by Simon Perchard and contain the name Brian Mc Clure.
Matthew Chapman, writing in The Mail on Sunday (Feb. Afolabi's charity had received 350,000 pounds from the Community Fund "to help asylum seekers". Afolabi has apparently denied being involved in the supply of false documents and is quoted as saying "I swear to God I don't know anything".