[ New Contents | Search | Post | Reply | Next | Previous | Up ]
From: Wyoming Investor Alerts, Wyoming Investor Awareness,
Time: 8:26:28 AM
The Nigerians have left no stone unturned in their efforts to steal money from every state in the union. We are showing what is going on in Wyoming to prove that point.
Wyoming Investor Alerts
The following list highlights frauds and scams that may be currently active in Wyoming. If you are concerned that a particular investment opportunity might be a scam, please contact the Securities Division at (307) 777-7370 or send an e-mail listing the details of the offer. Please do not invest until you are confident the opportunity is legitimate! Once money is lost to a scam, it is unlikely any of it will ever be recovered.
Wyoming Enforcement Orders: The Nigerian Letter The Foreign Lottery
The Nigerian Letter
Press Release July 11, 1997 Contact: Diana J. Ohman Phone: (307) 777-7370 Fax: (307) 777-5339
Nigerian Scam Letters Cheyenne, Wyoming--Secretary of state Diana Ohman advises anyone who receives a letter from Nigerian officials asking for letterhead and bank account information to throw the letter away. Ohman says, "The letters are promoting a scam. Nothing good will come to anyone who responds,"
The envelopes containing the scam letters bear a postmark from Lagos, Nigeria. The letter enclosed alleges that a high ranking official in the Nigerian Governement has skimmed millions of dollars from government contracts and requires your assistance in moving the alledged fortune from Nigeria to the United States. The poorly worded letter askes for confidential treatment, copies of your letterhead and bank account information. The scam promises that you will receive 30% of the money which in reality doed not exist.
According to a warning by United States Postal Inspectors the only thing recipients of the letters will receive is further requests for money in an "advanced-fee" scam. Advance fee scams require participants to pay money up front to supposedly defray costs to obtain the money promised, but in reality the money paid up-front is stolen by the perpetrators. The Postal Inspectors also advise that people traveling to Nigeria in search of the promised loot have been robbed by abusive thugs.
Secretary of State Ohman suggests, "If you have received one of these letters, throw it in the garbage. My office has received calls and copies of the letter from hundreds of residents in the last ten days. Evidently, the Nigerians did a mass mailing across the state recently which has resulted in calls from concerned folks in just about every town in Wyoming. There is little that can be done to stop the Nigerians from mailing the letters. By tossing their letter in the trash without responding, you are slamming the door on their scam."
-End of press release-
The "Nigerian Letter" scam has been an on-going problem in Wyoming since 1990. If you are a business owner, you may get an unsolicited letter from con artists in Nigeria in which they claim to have a large amount of money they need to get out of Nigeria. Usually, this sum of money is about $100,000,000! In the letter, they ask you for your business letterhead, bank, and business bank account so they can supposedly deposit this large sum into your business account and draw it out a few days later, effectively moving the money out of Nigeria. For your cooperation, the con artists promise to leave several million dollars in the account after the transfer is completed. Sometimes the letter asks for substantial "up front" money from you first, to "help facilitate" the transfer.
Of course, the scam is that no money is ever deposited. Once the scam artists get your business account number and letterhead, they will try to steal your money! Also, you should always beware of any scheme that requires "up front" money as this money usually disappears into the crook's pockets!
If you receive a "Nigerian Letter," do not respond in any fashion. You may wish to turn the letter in to your local post office since it constitutes mail fraud. Prosecution is very difficult with scams originating from other countries. In the case of Nigeria, stopping these scams is even more difficult--a recent article in the national media places Nigeria at the top of a list of "the most corrupt nations" in the world!
(return to top of this document) The Foreign Lottery
Some Wyoming citizens have received solicitations claiming they have won large amounts of money, $100,000 or more, in some lottery headquartered in Canada or Germany or some other foreign nation. These solicitations always include a request that the receipient send up to several thousand dollars to first pay the "taxes," or to first pay "insurance fees," before the winnings can be delivered.
The key to this scam is the request for "up front" money before anything can happen. Always beware of sending money to unknown parties in response to unsolicited letters claiming large financial windfalls! Con artists count on greed and avarice to separate unsuspecting individuals from their hard-earned money!
Such solicitations should be given to the local post office to investigate as mail fraud. Document URL: http://soswy.state.wy.us/securiti/investor/alerts/alerts.htm Last Modified: 20-Aug-97