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Also, Western Union should give warnings to users as they make the transaction. Oh look, there are dozens of similar scam stories, with people specifically mentioning “Coutenou”, which is a city I was given in the payment details.For instance, if they are transferring to a country that is not their own, this would be a good time to remind the customer that this password system is ineffective and that they shouldn’t transfer to someone that they don’t know. Actually, come to think of it, this whole thing sounds dodgy.I very nearly went ahead with this, until I had a moment to stop and think about it. But despite all these warnings for consumers, they haven’t actually prevented this from reoccurring. And with that in mind, they may not even need the code.So, if I wire this money to a person I don’t know with only a password between them receiving the money or not, what is to stop them bribing or whining their way to getting the clerk to hand it over? If Western Union didn’t have a password system in place, it wouldn’t trick otherwise savvy people from thinking this was a legitimate escrow system that they could trust. And why did the details look like a cut-and-paste job? The final red flag was when the supposed brother-in-law started asking for the transaction number of the payment before he arrived. But when I thought about it, once he had that transaction code, the only thing stopping them from having my money was a clerk I don’t know in a country I don’t know, who may or may not bother asking for a password. I’m sure a friendly clerk could look the transaction up for them.Never let these people have your bank account and personal contact details.Do not send copies of your passport and signature etc. The PCU website is where potential victims are directed.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.
The "Fortune Trust Bank" ( of Amsterdam and the Cayman Islands and The "Bromwich Albion Bank" (?
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.
) The British press reports that Comfort Afolabi, a woman of Nigerian extraction but with British citizenship, while running a charity called the Detainee Support and Help Unit, put a BBC undercover reporter in contact with a criminal who could supply false documents.
The reporter was posing as an aylum seeker facing deportation.
If they can’t trust their agents worldwide to implement the password system effectively, it should be abolished. It dawned on me that I didn’t have any of their details, other than a Facebook profile and an email address.