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Beware of Nigerian black money washing scam

From the Lee County Sheriff’s Office:

In March the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Unit conducted a routine traffic stop and found $20,800 in cash, black construction paper the size of dollar bills, several bottles of commonly known substances and a list of ingredients necessary to complete the “Black Wash/ Money Washing” scam

Deputies also found wet $20 bills with white paper in between, cut to the exact size of the dollar bills used commonly in the “Nigerian Money Washing” scam.

Both are part of the Nigerian Advanced Fee Scam involving unsuspecting victims conned by very charismatic and persuasive individuals. So, how do these scams work?

The Black Money Scam involves the scammer sending out thousands if not millions of e-mails searching, “phishing” for victims.

The e-mail states the victim may be the beneficiary of an unclaimed estate held outside the U. S. that includes thousands of dollars and a large trunk, contents unknown. In order for the “victim” to receive their “inheritance” they are asked to send monies to cover the cost of taxes and the shipping expenses of the trunk.

Eventually through continued communication, the con-artist will reveal that the trunk is full of money and needs to be shipped out of the country undetected. Hence, the bills have all been died black to avoid detection by U.S. Customs. At some point a meeting is arranged between the scammer and the victim.

The victim is invited to inspect the contents of the trunk and after much ceremony the trunk is opened to reveal a large amount of black paper “money.” The victim is informed they are looking at real money stained black, but in fact the trunk is full of black construction paper except for a few real bills that have been dyed black.

The con-artist will pick up the real dyed money and dip them into a “magical cleaning solution” to show the victim that the money is real. Once the real money is revealed the victim who is now eager to wash more money in the trunk is told they will need to buy the magic cleaning solution. The scheme goes on and on until the victim either realizes he’s been had or gives away all of his money.

The second scam is the Nigerian Money Washing scam and uses wet money and white paper. The scammer tricks business owners into believing he can duplicate money by using an unknown liquid and washing it between two pieces of white paper. After the “washing” is done the two white pieces of paper turn out to be exact copies of the original U.S. currency. The scammer then solicits several thousand real dollars from the business owner so he can duplicate their money for a percentage and then gives the business owner the counterfeit bills back instead of the real money.

As always, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to be alert to frauds, scams and schemes and if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

If you have questions about this scam or if you have received a call and would like to report it, please contact the Fraud Hotline at 239-477-1242.

Ten Accused for Running Advance-Fee Scam

A group of ten individuals face charges under federal law because it allegedly executed an advance-fee scam, which attacked aged victims in USA, promising numerous dollars in bequeathed property; however, merely when they’d wire money for the processing of the property transfer. Channel6newsonline.com published this in news on March 7, 2011.

Stated the Office of the U.S Attorney, Dibe, a man from Nigeria along with his associates who posed as bankers, attorneys, and government officials like diplomats, asserted that they had some million dollars as bequeathed funds in Nigeria, while saying to victims that they’d get the fund once they’d wire the fees to cover “documentation” or “taxes.” Dailybreeze.com reported this on March 7, 2011.

In the meantime, recipients of the fake electronic mails were also told that they were the expired property owner’s relatives following which they were asked for the so-called fees through Western Union for apparently beginning the money-distribution process.

Furthermore, security researchers, while remarking about the problem, stated that cyber-criminals, including con artists, scammers as also other Internet troublemakers had gotten increasingly sophisticated regarding the techniques with which they stole from end-users through the very convenient Internet. They explained that the crooks employed various proposals or schemes like distribution or sharing of large property or funds of money that a recently-expired wealthy man owned, an un-called for windfall, mailbox notices, fake phone calls, work-from-home frauds, or Internet job postings, all that appeared extremely tempting.

Presently though, Dibe is facing accusation for allegedly executing wire fraud in 15 instances, while co-accused Loving and Amesi each faces accusation of committing wire fraud in 15 instances and conniving to execute wire fraud in 1 instance. The remaining 7 each faces accusations of committing wire fraud in 10 instances and conniving to execute wire fraud in 1 instance. Channel6newsonline.com reported this.

Moreover, Britain-based Sophos the security company too alerts recipients about the widely-known Nigerian 419 e-mail scam by suggesting them to delete the messages as well as block more messages in future by requesting their ISPs to block every e-mail coming from the scammer’s address. Securitynewsdaily.com published this in news on March 7, 2011.

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March 22, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

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