American sources warn of the danger of accepting any invitation to visit Nigeria offered by these villains.
British Investment Trust Bank" which (had) a website which talks about customer security and uses pictures of tourist sites in London to underline its respectability and status. As of 18th July '03, both of these websites are unavailable.
Strangely enough, this "bank" does not feel able to publish its correct address. We must thank both British and American enforcement agencies for their rapid reaction.
To get to Cairns way up the western coast, it takes about 30 hours from Brisbane.
There are good public transport options across the city, while Crisps Coaches connects the city with the Southern Downs via a daily service.
There are no checks on the status of people registering a company. "Independent on Sunday" newspaper (in the 29th June '03 Business section) reported the arrest of "Chief Emmanuel Nwude-Odenigwe" on a charge of defrauding a Brazilian bank manager of 242 million US dollars.
The Chief was arrested in Lagos, Nigeria where he had posed as the governor of the central bank in order to fool his victim.
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.
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?
If he really wants to prevent them from "tarnishing Nigeria's image" he should attend to them when they return home on their periodic visits.