The Lads set up web sites with more or less sophistication which mimic those of real banks, or create ‘identities’ for banks which don’t exist. Examples sent by Kindly Contributors appear below, most recent ones first. The Financial Times (3/3/2003) described actual penetration of banks by scammers as staff.
List of dubious institutions mentioned:
http://www.primroseventures.8m.net/Universal Securities BV (Netherlands)CRUBANK CORPORATION OF BAHAMASMonarch International BankDBS Bank (fake?)
http://www.swisscarribean.comhttp://www.allstatestrustbank.com/ (apparently impersonating a real bank)
Heres one I haven’t seen before. They even set me up with a nice online bank account just full of money. I AM DR. OSCAR DURU… I RETIRED LAST MONTH AS THE CHIEF AUDITOR IN THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA; AND IN THE COURSE OF MY ROUTINE WORK, I CAME ACROSS AN INTERNATIONAL FUND TRANSFER FILE WITH YOUR NAME AS BENEFICIARY. [blah blah] THE NEXT STEP WAS TO CONTACT YOU TO RECONFIRM YOUR BANKING COORDINATES, BUT THERE WERE RAMPANT FRAUDS AND SCAMS INVOLVING ALMOST ALL AREAS OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, AND I THEREFORE DECIDED TO MOVE CAUTIOUSLY. IT BECAME IMPOSSIBLE TO TRANSFER OUT THIS MONEY FROM THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA! LAST MONTH, I FOUND THE SOLUTION! USING MY WELL FOUNDED CONNECTIONS IN THE CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, I RAISED A PAYMENT VOUCHER IN YOUR FAVOUR, AND PAID IN THE SUM OF USD75 million INTO THE MONARCH INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC. … THIS MONEY IS NOW DEPOSITED IN YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT IN MONARCH INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC; AND I WILL INSTRUCT YOU LATER HOW TO PERSONALLY WIRE TRANSFER PART OR ALL OF IT TO ANY BANK OF YOUR CHOICE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! http://www.monarchinternationalbankonline.com PLEASE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY BY EMAIL, STATING YOUR CURRENT PHONE, AND FAX NUMBERS, AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: (1) Customer Name (2) Customer ID (3) Security Code (4) Account Number (5) Amount in US$ ONCE YOU GET THE ABOVE INFORMATION FROM ME, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE MENU PAGE OF THE MONARCH INTERNATIONAL BANK PLC,AND TO CUSTOMER LOG IN, AND IMMEDIATELY ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNT/MONEY! THE LOGICAL AND NEXT STAGE IS FOR YOU TO BEGIN WIRING OUT YOUR MONEY! UNBELIEVABLE? PLEASE TRY AND SEE! REGARDS, OSCAR DURU Phone: +234 90 505 509 email: email@example.com – and later – Dear Friend, I have tried several times to reach you by phone but unfortunately I did not succeed. I have good news; I have concluded the establishment of your A/C, and I am now ready to give you the A/C access information. As per our agreement, upon receipt of your Access information, you will arrange to wire immediately 25% of the total holdings in your A/C to my personal Bank A/C below. Bank: DBS BANK ADDRESS: 6 SHENTON WAY DBS BUILDING, SINGAPORE 068809 A/C No: 0065-000361-01-4 SWIFT: DBSSSGSG BENEFICIARY: OSCAR DURU PLEASE CALL ME IMMEDIATELY ON ++234 90 505 509 TO RECEIVE THE ACCESS INFORMATION WHICH WILL INCLUDE: AMOUNT: CUSTOMER NAME: CUSTOMER ID: SECURITY CODE: A/C NUMBER: Regards, Oscar Duru From: OSCAR DURU [firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 11:38 PM To: Kindly Contributor Subject: YOUR A/C ACCESS INFORMATION (please also open attachment) amount: USD75000000 customername: Kindly Contributor customerid: Kindly securitycode: Z55X66T110 accountnumber: 903-111-672
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