419 Buster Network Assists in Arresting Nigerian Check Scam Accomplices
10/15/08- Hugo Anthony Carnucci was arrested today by the Charles County Sherriff's Dept. at 8:57 EST in Waldorf, Maryland.
Four (4) squad car loads of counterfeit cashier's checks, money orders, records, shipping envelopes and labels, computers, drives, cellphones and other items were confiscated and are being held for evidence.
For months now, Sniper Team - Fowler, led by Mark Warner, continuously followed procedures, monitored all known mules in this case and was responsible for the interceptions of hundreds of counterfeits destined for victims. Such concrete work also enabled the acquisition of law enforcement cooperation leading to Carnucci's subsequent arrest.
Two additional mules for this case have been identified and arrests for these are imminent. All known mule activities for the Nigerian Oga "Fowler" have been virtually eliminated.
11/18/08 - Jeremiah Spencer was arrested today by the Tillamook County Sherriff's Dept. in Nehalem, Oregon. This sets a new arrest speed record of ONE DAY!
Spencer went to the post office today to pick up a package from Benin. He signed for the package and then when he left the post office the Sheriff was waiting for him and asked him to open the package.
The package contained 300 - 500 counterfeit checks and Spencer said he was getting paid $400 a week.
Tillamook County Sheriff's Department has taken this to the United States Postal Inspection Service so that federal prosecution will be acquired.
This is the second arrest for Sniper Team - Fowler that follows the arrest of Carnucci on October 15.
Just another excellent example of teamwork, focused activities and following the plan.
God Sent Me
A letter is arriving in Utah mail boxes purportedly from a Mormon living in Africa.
The sender claims to belong to a Latter Day Saints family that is being persecuted and humiliated because of their beliefs.
Using phrases like, "my brother," and "God himself has directed me to you" he also claims to work for the board of customs in his country and reports that his department made a huge profit last year.
Not only does he promise to spend 50% of that profit to "support Mormonism" in his country, he also promises to send $1.5 million dollars to you.
All you need to do is to fax him the bank account number where you would like to receive it.
One individual, who signed up for my newsletter, (possibly a scammer trying to keep track of our coverage), responded with the following.
WHY ARE YOU SENDING ME UNSOLICITED MAIL? YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN THE SCAMMERS.
WHY CAN YOU NOT MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS? THIS IS THE WAY THEY EARN THEIR LIVING AND IF ANYBODY IS GREEDY ENOUGH TO FALL VICTIM, SO BE IT.
IF AFRICANS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO DUPE THE SO-CALLED "WHITE CIVILIZATION", ALL WELL AND GOOD.
WHAT BETTER REPARATION FOR ALL THAT THE WHITE MAN INFLICTED ON THE AFRICANS OVER 100 YEARS AGO WHEN THE BEST OF THE BREED WERE CUT FROM THEIR ROOTS AND TAKEN AWAY AS SLAVES.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE RAPED, THRASHED AND THROWN INTO THE SALTY OCEAN.
PLEASE MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND STAY OUT OF THE PATH OF JUSTICE.
IF YOU ARE A WHITE MAN, MR. LES HENDERSON, I SPIT ON YOU.
BARSEA. bassey effiong Oct 24, 2001
Keep The Orders Coming
Like many others, your business is contacted by a company from Nigeria which is extremely interested in purchasing your products.
Your name was purportedly gleaned from a trade magazine.
They promise the prospect of large orders and request samples of your products prior to approval of the big order.
Before you can begin shipping these large orders they have you send in bogus registration or import licensing fees.
They send you back numerous documents with official looking stamps, seals and logo, as well as letters of credit, payment schedules and authentic bank drafts for smaller orders.
This supporting documentation adds veracity to their claims of legitimacy.
They stress the urgency of their need and ask that you pre-prepare a large shipment for delivery and send it immediately upon receipt of their bank draft.
They cleverly start with small orders using proper drafts to lull you, then wham, you are hit with a big loss when your order is shipped and long gone, before you realize they have given you a worthless forgery for payment.
Embassy officials say that 50% of all Federal Express, UPS, and DHL shipments to Nigeria are returned because of fraud and theft.
For more Information on determining legitimacy contact:
Nigeria Desk Officer/Office of Africa
Room 3317, US Dept. of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
To help U.S. companies wishing to do trade with Nigeria the Commerce Department also offers U.S. companies a market-research service called International Company Profile, which checks the bona fides of Nigerian individuals or companies or deals.
For many more examples showing the multitude of variations. Nigerian Email Money Fraud Examples.