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A fraudster who used the cash he conned out of his victims to fund a lifestyle of champagne, luxury apartments and fast cars has been given a seven year prison sentence.
Godwin Nwaofor, 36, was part of an organised crime group responsible for extracting sums worth millions of pounds from individuals mainly based in the United States.
One method of fraud involved sending fake letters or emails advising people they had won the Australian lottery and instructing them to call a lottery agent – who would be Nwaofor using an alias. They were told they needed to pay fees and taxes before they could receive a large cash prize.
Others would be conned into opening new bank accounts, paying in cheques sent by Nwaofor, while at the same time transferring the same sum out. When the cheques were subsequently found to be false and bounced, the victims would be left indebted to the bank.
In some cases communication between Nwaofor and the victims would continue for some time, often years, as he built up relationships of trust with them. This would lead to further requests for more money to be sent from seemingly legitimate companies and organisations, with the victims believing Nwaofor was trying to help them.
Among those he conned was a trucker from Mississippi who lost over $100,000. Another was an 81-year-old woman who had suffered from a brain tumour and continues to be plagued by calls from scammers. A disabled former marine was repeatedly told to make 120-mile round-trips to his nearest branch of Western Union to make transfers.
Phones and SIM cards found in Nwaofor’s possession at the time of his arrest in May 2014 were found to have been used to contact the victims.
Nwaofor was a close associate of Frank “Fizzy” Onyeachonam, jailed for eight years in July 2014 for his role in the scam. The two shared details of potential targets using Facebook messages, while Nwaofor provided Onyeachonam with so-called ‘sucker lists’ containing thousands of names.
During the time of the fraud Nwaofor claimed to be a cleaner and supermarket worker earning less than £10,000 a year. However his bank accounts had large sums of money paid into them. He lived in a luxury apartment in London’s Docklands, drove around in high-end rental cars, including BMWs, Mercedes and Audis, and would also run up four-figure bar bills at exclusive nightclubs.
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Scammers are buying second-hand laptops to carry out identity crime using personal information the previous owners believed had been “wiped” clean.
The investigation carried out by The Sun with the help of security firm Kaspersky Lab revealed that fraudsters can retrieve passwords, bank statements, email accounts and bank logins from victims from old computers they believed had all the data deleted from them.
The investigators bought three second-hand computers, each of which had been “formatted” and asked the cybersecurity experts at Kaspersky Lab to retrieve the information off them.
From one hard drive, researchers restored 117 usernames and passwords for sites and email accounts. They also located pictures, videos and messages, both from the computers and from phones which had been backed up to them.
Gold dust for fraudsters
Tony Neate from Get Safe Online said: “This information would be like gold dust to a fraudster, formatting a computer is like ripping out the contents page of a book — all the chapters are still there, it’s just harder to find.
“If you want to be totally sure that no one can get anything off your hard drive, the best thing to do is take it out of the computer before you sell it on and smash it to pieces.”
I thought it would have been gone for good
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The personal details of up to 2.4 million Carphone Warehouse customers have been accessed by hackers and 90,000 credit cards exposed, the mobile phone firm has admitted.
Carphone Warehouse, which is owned by Dixons Carphone said the "vast majority" of customers are unaffected, but if you've done business with OneStopPhoneShop.com, e2save.com, Mobiles.co.uk, TalkTalk Mobile, Talk Mobile or Carphone Warehouse then you might be involved.
The security breach was discovered on Wednesday last week but the company only released details about it on late on Saturday 8th August and confessed that the personal information of millions of customers – including bank details, addresses, names and dates of birth may have been accessed by hackers.
Up to 90,000 customers may also have had their encrypted credit card details accessed, it said in a statement.
The company has sent an email to anyone who may be affected by the hack, alerting them that they should notify their bank and check for any suspicious activity on their account.
Sebastian James, chief executive of Dixons Carphone, said: “We take the security of customer data extremely seriously, and we are very sorry people have been affected by this attack. We are, of course, informing anyone that may have been affected, and have put in place additional security measures.”
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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning online sellers of a scam that involves Gumtree, PayPal, Western Union and the City of London Police.
In one report received by the NFIB through Action Fraud, a woman was almost defrauded after advertising her bed for sale on Gumtree.
The woman was initially contacted via text message by a “potential buyer” who requested further information about the bed in an email. After agreeing to purchase the bed, the scammer asked to pay for it using PayPal. The scammer also made up a story about working offshore and as a result required the item to be sent using a shipping company.
The fraudster then sent the woman a scam email purporting to be from PayPal stating that payment for the bed and £100 shipping costs were pending in her account.
The scam email advised the woman to pay the shipping fee via Western Union and once the bed was sent the rest of the money would be released.
After not responding the woman received further emails threatening legal action if she did not pay. The scammers claimed that PayPal were working in conjunction with the NFIB and the City of London Police.
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Yet another scam email trying to get you to give away your Paypal log on details. Please do not click links in these emails. Paypal will never ask you to click a link in an email and will instead ask you to go to paypal.co.uk or paypal.com and log in there. If you hover your mouse pointer (don't click) over the link in the email you should reveal the real address that link would take you to.
The email will look very genuine and include the Paypal graphics.
Here is an example of such a scam email :
Dear PayPal member,
PayPal is constantly working to ensure security by regularly screening the accounts in our system.We recently reviewed your account, and we need more information to help us provide you with secure service.Until we can collect this information, your access to sensitive account features will be limited. We would like to restore your access as soon as possible, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Why is my account access limited?
Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):
We have reason to believe that your account was accessed by a third party. We have limited access to sensitive PayPal account features in case your account has been accessed by an unauthorized third party. We understand that having limited access can be an inconvenience, but protecting your account is our primary concern.
Click here to remove your limitation (link removed for obvious reasons)
If we do not receive the appropriate account verification within 24 hours, we will assume your account is fraudulent and will be suspended.
Feel free to contact us with questions through the Contact link at the bottom of any page.
The PayPal Privacy and Compliance Team
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If anyone else has been contacted by this low life scum bag please do get in touch and we wlll add details to the site.
Here is an example of how he works:
Hi,I am very keen. How i wish i could come and view what am buying from you in person but am currently overseas at the moment and i want it picked up before i get back, though i will be back in couple of weeks. Due to my inability to make a bank deposit, I would be paying via PayPal which is safer for me. Kindly send me a paypal payment invoice or create an account at www.paypal.co.uk if you don't have one.I will also make a concrete pick up arrangement with a transport agent who will be coming over for the pick up once you receive full payment into your PayPal account. Have a nice day. P.S Few more photos will be appreciated as well..
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If you have ever come across this number 0871 2005 086 on your phone bill and wondered who it is it's ADT Alarms. If you have an ADT monitored alarm system their box dials this number at regular intervals to send info back to the monitoring centre however, the monitoring centre are as much use as a hole in the head! We just found an extra £37 tacked onto our phone bill because these muppets didn't action the calls the box was making about a depleted battery! In fact it was ME who had to call them when I found I could not set the alarm one day.
Every time the box calls out it will cost you 23p and with ours it called out every day for a month, once reaching 56 calls in a day! I am still trying to get our money back.
Also be aware you can have your box set to call a free 0800 number however your supposed to request that from ADT who of course don't tell you about this option so how can you request it?. Instead they default the box to call the 0871 number because they make money every single time it calls out!
What ADT Alarms should have done was to put the alarm into test mode as soon as the low battery warnings came through and then phoned me to arrange an engineers visit to replace the battery. (They charge £30 for a new battery by the way).
Given our experience with ADT Alarms over the last 6 years I can honestly say they are not worth the money.
Just a quick update. I have just been told that a low battery..even though it triggers the alarm to keep calling the centre, does not go through to the service centre. So, what we have here is a situation where ADT Alarms allow your system to keep racking up your phone bill and not only that but your alarm itself is not acutally working!
So burgulars take note, your chances of a successful break in are obviously much greater if you target people with ADT alarms rather than their competitors (obviously that is said in sarcasm and not to be taken literally)
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Had this from a young woman looking for Au Pair work in the UK. She was suspicious of this offer of work and she was right to be so. This is a scam. For a start the Enlish is pretty awful given this is supposed to be from a Lawyer. The payment is way too much for an au pair and the "Best online Au Pair Travel Agency" the scammers are trying to direct the young women to does not exist.
If anyone else receives offers of work that seem too good to be true you can be pretty sure they are but, if in doubt just send them to us and we will look into it for you. We don't charge for any of this so no need to worry on that score. We are here to help and very happy to do so.
We are looking for someone who is outgoing, enthusiastic and creative. We are very happy and easy minded family looking for an Au pair due to the nature of our work.Anna and I are both lawyers. Anna works locally and I work for a large French IT company and we travel a lot. I have already had 1 au pairs the current girl has been with us for 18 months! Generally I like my au pairs to focus on the children, to collect them from school, to help with homework and to do activities with them such as general playing, reading, puzzles, drawing, Lego, music, football etc. Sometimes I ask for light housework or extra babysitting.We will like the aupair to make our kids have fun and to share there childhood, making them feel safe and happy.
Harry aged 3 and loves to play sport, he is good at hockey and football. He lives to play on the play station, play in the garden with his friends and eat chocolate!He is is shy at the beginning, but if he has a good feeling with people he opens quickly. He is polite and nice with others, some times shy.
Thomas aged 7, He loves palying game PS2.He loves shopping!and he's gentle but smart with good sense of humor and he is fun to be with.
Furthermore you will have plenty of free time to go to language school in the local town and there are many families nearby and I can introduce you to many au pairs.We live in a village just outside a large town (Swindon). There are some great cities to visit nearby such as Oxford and Bath. Also some beautiful countryside (the area is known as the "Cotswolds"). London is 1 hour away by train. It is in the countryside and you will have use of one of our cars if you have driving experience but it is not a problem if you can't drive as we can enroll you in a driving lesson as soon as you start working with us and we are only drive from the local town London is 1 hour away by train.
There will be a few hours a week of sole charge for Harry until September when he will be at school until 3.30. Until then he finishes school 2-3 days a week at 1.00 pm, I would ask you to have as much fun as possible with the kids! We have a large 3 bedroom house with big garden and swimming pool. We hope to pay £500 weekly and we will also provide you with a mobile phone with some inclusive minutes each month and the rest would be your responsibility.
We would love a friendly, cheerful aupair with a sense of humor and fun! Your duty is basically taking care of the kids and you will be required to work for 35/40 hours weekly from Monday to Friday with weekends off. Before we proceed further we will still like you to answer these few questions.
1) What is your nationality? 2) Have you ever traveled outside your home country before? 3) Have you much experience working with kid’s? 4) Do you smoke? 5) Do you drink? 6) Do you have brothers and sisters? 7) Do you Drive? 8) Do you mind doing light cooking? 9) Can you help with shopping? 10) Can you help with housework?
We'll like you to make contact with the Agency so as to help you with your visa,air ticket and work permit in other to be available as fast as possible.
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Hope to hear from you soon.
David and Anna Cole
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You will receive a call from this number from an English man who speaks very good English and convincing you to buy investments and wants you to share financial details to him so he can help you earn money and in the same time he wants you to send him money to open your account so that he can be assured that you are keen to invest. Infact he is no investor or company or anyone and just takes your money and goes missing. The website link he gives is fake and not real. Please do not believe and fall into this scam.