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We received the following scam story, please pass it on!
 
Comments: Liked your site and I have another Scam you can add to your Fraud alert.  This is a true story.

It involves letter of credits.
An International company arranged a letter of credit with a USA Supplier for $150,000 of equipment.  The letter of credit was payable as long as the equipment shipped was shipped from the USA Port by a certain date.

The supplier delivered the equipment to the USA Port 2 weeks early but the Scam artist held it for a late shipment which prevented the bank from paying the letter of credit.

The Supplier was out $150,000 and once the equipment shipped the customer could not be reached by phone and the supplier found they had no legal course of action.
 
Many thanks go out to the author of above alert!

 
The following comment in green, was just submitted on our website inquiry form:  (We must have touched a little nerve. )
 
what goes around comes around.
I believe you deserved it.
scum is as scum does
 
I don't think substance is the only thing they are short on.
 
We have found this "Fraud Alert" page, to be a great benefit in curbing the amount of bogus inquiries.  Those bogus inquiries have dropped to zero, which is a big time saver!  You all should think about doing the same.  If they know we are staying on top of their scams, while informing each other, we will all be less of a target! 
 
We have uncovered this one from the UAE and learned that no country is immune from these scammers!  They could run this scam, to and from any country, even within our own countries.  This is a growing trend with these groups, so we need to prepare and school ourselves.   Let's shine some light on these cockroaches!
 
Since we placed this alert onto our website, we have received some laughable emails.  One from a guy who said people who fall for these scams deserve what happened to them.  That businesses get taken this way because of our greed.  No blame goes to the perps...
 
We attempted to make contact with this guy, but were not surprised to find his contact info was bogus.
 
(The content of these emails and the way they are written, showed that the writer didn't like the fact that we are getting the word out by publishing their scams.  Proving once again, that this is working.)  
 
(It also shows the same twisted mindset, that we see in the killing of innocent men, women and children, that terrorist somehow think they can justify.  It is our fault... because we believe and choose to live in freedom... right...)
 
To summarize what I got from one of President Bush's speeches (which I've believed from the beginning and I'm sure most of us have):  It takes courage to fight for freedom and for the innocent.  There is no courage in killing the innocent or sending idiots out to do your dirty work.  You never hear about a terrorist leader strapping on a bomb belt.  They depend on ignorant misfits to do that for them.
 
You will find a link below, to the perpetrators initial email, which started this fraud.  Their contact info is at the bottom of that email.  The phone numbers are real, but the address and names may be (most likely) bogus.  
Before reading the following, think about this for a moment:  We are told that hundreds of millions, maybe billions of American $$$ are scammed from us each year, by scams similar to this.  All it would take to ward off most of these scams is communication. Why don't we see coverage on this in the news media?  One 5 minute spot weekly would save us hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue each year.

If the Feds and Banks know all about these scams and their history, why don't they get more involved in warning the public and businesses.  Why don't banks warn small businesses about these scams and how they are perpetrated, when they open new accounts.  We all need to raise awareness!

I have been sent scam alerts from "rooms for rent" companies who have fallen prey to similar scams.  This is a wide-spread problem that is getting no media coverage. 

We need your help!!!
                Spread the word!!! 

MAKE SURE YOU SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR BANK AND WARN THEM!! 
BANKERS, DO NOT CLEAR CHECKS IMMEDIATELY, IF YOU DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE DEPOSITOR, OR IF IT COMES DIRECTLY TO THE BANK THROUGH SNAIL MAIL!!!  (Believe it or not, it happened!)    

BUSINESSES,
DO NOT TRUST WIRE TRANSFERS ANYMORE, WITHOUT FIRST CALLING YOUR BANK TO VERIFY THAT, WHAT YOU SEE ON YOUR END, IS IN FACT, A WIRE TRANSFER!!!!
MORE OF US ARE REQUIRING WIRE TRANSFERS AS PAYMENT PRIOR TO SHIPMENT OF GOODS, BECAUSE WE TRY TO STAY AHEAD OF THESE SCAMS.  WE HAVE LEARNED NOT TO TRUST "CASHIERS CHECKS" (or any checks for that matter) AS PAYMENT ANYMORE. 

WE DON'T KNOW ALL OF THE SCAMS YET, SO WE DEPEND ON THOSE WHO DO, TO WARN US.  IT SEEMS THAT MOST BANKS AND THEIR FRAUD DEPARTMENTS KNOW ABOUT, AND ARE FIRMILIAR WITH, MANY OF THESE SCAMS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN TARGETS OF THEM.  BUT IF THE BANKS DROP THE BALL, OUR EFFORTS ARE USELESS.

Do not trust wire transfers anymore!  If it looks like a wire transfer on your end, you still need to check with your bank to verify that it was a wire transfer, unless of course, it is from your trusted or known clients...  If you want to make perfectly sure there is no question, then we would advise you to sit down with your banker and wait for them to pull up the transaction to double check that it was a wire transfer.  No one will look after your interests, if this happens to you! 

Then, I would go as far as to have them sign a receipt to acknowledge that it was, in fact, a wire transfer.  There are reasons for this strong language, which I cannot explain at this time.

This new scam is elaborate. They either send people to your bank, or send a check directly to your bank, to make a deposit.  Somehow, they convince the teller to release the funds immediately, or the (counterfeit) check is from a large, well known, Banking Firm within your country, and your bank clears it immediately, which looks like a wire transfer on your end.  
Then you ship the product or wire the overage back, only to later find out, that it was actually a fraudulent deposit from a counterfeit check!!  (We are still trying to figure out how this worked, how they tricked the bank, and will follow-up as soon as we know more) 

In the mean time, it is our obligation to warn as many people, businesses and banks, as we possibly can.  This is where you can help others too, by spreading the word!
If this does happen to you, contact your local Police Department immediately and try to get a photo of the depositor, or a copy of the cancelled check from the bank.  If they have a photo, make sure they follow-up and get that info to Airports, FBI, Secret Service or the Homeland Security Department in your area!!  (Of course, if you're from another country, you would contact your own Police Department, etc.)

This scam was done from an address in Deira, Dubai, UAE, which was probably bogus. The address, phone numbers and names (probably AKA's) of the Perp or Perps, are at the bottom of that email, which you will find a link to below. 
We thought the country of UAE would be safe to do business in, unlike Nigeria.  Let's hope the Police in the UAE will help us find them and turn this around quickly, before they get away with it again.
If anyone from Dubai, UAE reads this, you need to help us find these people!  Do not let these evil people ruin the business reputation of that great country of yours!!! 

Update:
 This group could be working this scam to raise money to support Al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups!   Like Bin Laden, this group doesn't have the guts to face the people they prey on, of course.    
It seems our crackdown of terrorist funding around the world, has caused them to get desperate and try other means of support.  Now we may know their next desperate move.   Time to stop them here as well.

So, continue to be careful!  Don't fall for the Nigerian scams, and now we need to watch out for the UAE scams, as well as scams from other countries, including our own

If you have information on this group, and want your information to be handled confidentially, please fill out the CONFIDENTIAL form below and send us that info...  Thank you!
There will be no $$$$ reward.  The reward will be, one less group of thieves out there to prey on good, hard working people, our banks and businesses.  Possibly one less source of funding for the terrorists.
If this webpage has helped you, your bank, or your company, to ward off this scam, please send us a note to let us know. 

We have stringent International laws, with harsh punishments for money laundering and counterfeiting.  Q:  Does
 check counterfeiting fall under the same (strict Enforcement) laws?  If not... why not?  We are trying to get an answer to this question.  If anyone has the answer,  please let us know.

Update:
We've been told that there are laws on the books against check counterfeiting as there are for money counterfeiting.  Our next step is to seek out that information, ask our banks and government officials why they aren't, either enforcing these laws, or taking swift action, as they would with money counterfeiting.

You all make sure they don't get you or your banker!!  Send this to everyone!! 

Respectfully yours,

Robert Harton

Click here to view the initial email from the Perps who did this scam! Their contact info is on this email. Beware!! Don't let them run their scam on you!!

Nigerian 419 Advance Fee Fraud

If you know of, or have been a victim of other scams, or have been a victim of this one, and would like to share your story with others, please send us a summery.  We will  post it on our "Scam Alert" page for others to learn from. 
 
If you or your business do not want to be identified, we have no problem with that. 

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