Scam Money Transfers: Dr. Paul Williams, ATM Department of the Bank of Africa

Scam Money Transfers - Banks, Bank Managers
Example - Dr. Paul Williams, ATM Department of the Bank of Africa

Have you received an email from a bank official, "Dr. Paul Williams" at "ATM Department of the Bank of Africa", claiming that " we the Board of Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA) have ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded"

It is a scam. Even if it weren't a scam, it would be a felony, fraud and theft. But it is all nonsense, a scam made up to get money from you. See the example below, an actual email from the scammer, sent to a victim.

The scammer intends to to get hold of your money instead, by conning you into sending money for various "fees" to free the "funds in escrow".  If you would like a step by step explanation of how this type of "Advance Fee Fraud" works, click here! Note some of the obvious scam clues that we have highlighted in the email below, such as excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, terrible spelling, grammar and punctuation, the use of free email accounts rather than a domain and website that matches the company's name, etc.


Scam email:

From: Bank Of Africa < bankofafrica11@btinternet.com  >
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: Dear Beneficiary, Your Visa Card Is Now Ready.‏
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:11:02 +0000 (GMT)

Dear Beneficiary,

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your($2.7 Million) Two Million Seven Hundred United States Dollars and your inability to meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer options, we the Board of Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA) have ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded. Today, we got the notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this VISA CARD and also have registered it with Sky Courier And Delivery Company. For your information, the delivery charges have been paid and they are supposed to have shipped your packaged (ATM CARD) but they insisted that you must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure accurate delivery.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Due to the content of the package, Sky courier mandated that before your package will be shipped, a Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to the New Shipping Creed on all packages leaving Africa .The essence of such Document is to ensure a hitch-free delivery and the amount of the Stamp Duty Fee is $121 . When this is done, Sky Courier will issue you with the tracking numbers for your package before the shipping commences. Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address. Do not forget that this $121 is all that you should send to them, the rest of the fees have been paid.

Finally, for security reasons, and considering the huge amount the ATM Card contains, the Package was coded thus,

Registration Ref: Skyex/atm/100.

This is the code number that you will send to the courier company while contacting them and the courier company is not aware what the content of the package is. We told them that it contained some very vital official documents being sent to an offshore staff. Do not reveal the content of the package to the courier company or any body for security purposes. The
information of the courier company is here-by given below,and re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure accurate delivery.

1. Your full name:
2. Your physical address:
3. Your house phone:
4. Your cellphone:

Sky Courier And Delivery Company
Email:(info_skycour@sify.com)
Phone :+22993816266

Please hurry now as your package might incurs demurrage if it stays more than 4 days with Sky Courier.

Thanks,
Dr. Paul Williams
ATM Department
Manager Bank of Africa

And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive.  We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!

 

 


 

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