If you have received mail naming this "company" or a copy of a document like the one illustrated here, you are a target of the fraud gangs.The document may be signed by Simon Perchard and contain the name Brian Mc Clure.Apparently the President of Nigeria has declared "total war" on the 419 scam artists and said that they shall have "no hiding place".
British Investment Trust Bank" which (had) a website which talks about customer security and uses pictures of tourist sites in London to underline its respectability and status. As of 18th July '03, both of these websites are unavailable.
Strangely enough, this "bank" does not feel able to publish its correct address. We must thank both British and American enforcement agencies for their rapid reaction.
If he really wants to prevent them from "tarnishing Nigeria's image" he should attend to them when they return home on their periodic visits.
(And check that chief's ID, it is just possible that he gave you a false name and address!
Be aware that, despite the fancy crests and legalese, there is no such company at this address For many years Nigerian criminals have targeted people around the world with stories about liberating millions of dollars, once the property of a toppled dictator or a deceased expatriot.
They used to fax but they have now discovered e-mail and can reach more potential marks.
He explains that, in order to liberate the supposed millions, the mark must pay a commission fee up front.
Needless to say, the Nigerian uses a false identity and the commission fee is lost for ever.
Matthew Chapman, writing in The Mail on Sunday (Feb. Afolabi's charity had received 350,000 pounds from the Community Fund "to help asylum seekers". Afolabi has apparently denied being involved in the supply of false documents and is quoted as saying "I swear to God I don't know anything".
You are away on a business trip and later during the day you go back to your hotel room. All of a sudden, a TV commercial comes on; its a late night chatline with hundreds of singles in the area, and they are offering a free trial!
As well as trying to fool you into paying an advance fee, they will use your personal information to clone your identity and try to access your accounts (or use your identity in a credit card fraud). Kamelo David representing the "Ministry" is asking permission to transfer over 30 million dollars to your personal/business account. Check it out while you can for a typical example of the "banking" websites to which potential fraud victims are directed. It's got to be FX Finance has (had) a website which publishes a London address, but strangely both the street name and the postcode seem to be invented!