Indians cautioned about fraudsters in West AfricaJuly 22nd, 2008 - 7:15 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has warned people against being cheated by fraudsters, operating through countries like Nigeria Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Senegal and Burkina Faso.
The scam usually begins in the form of an e-mail sent to the target recipients making offers of attractive payoffs, by forging local Ministrys letterheads.
The mode of operation involves using false documents bearing official government stamps, and seals. They often mention false addresses and use photographs taken from the Internet or magazines to falsely represent themselves.
Many of these operations are professionally organised in Nigeria, with offices in neighboring countries having fax numbers and other contact details of local government offices.
The victims of these fraudsters are usually wealthy investors, investment groups, or other business entities resulting in multi-million dollar losses.
But sometimes, gullible middle-class individuals and small businessmen are also their target.
The Indian mission in Ivory Coast has cautioned against such anti-social and criminal gangs so that innocent Indians may not be hoodwinked into losing their money. (ANI)
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