Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts

This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Scam Part II: A G Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The other day I posted regarding a scam about a "person" waiting at JFK with a package for me and needed my information to deliver the package.  Of course the whole scam was beyond a joke, but for fun I wanted to follow up with them and see where it leads to "money" trail. 

Here is the money trail. 

$450 FEE

What a scam! 

They even threatened me that if I did not pay the funds I can be in violation fo the US Patriot Act and go to jail. 

Double Scam, trying to go after your desire for money and your fear of jail.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Subject: Re: A G Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

United States Customs Department

Attention XXXXXXXX
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your affirmation and to inform you of the latest development as regards the delivery of your Consignment to your location.

While scanning the Consignment,our cash track machine detected that the content of the Consignment that the Diplomat (Jones Hammer) is delivering to you is cash.

It is a crime to bring in money (over US$100,000) into the UNITED STATES without proper documentations and clearance because it shows that the money is either being smuggled into the country or the source of the funds is questionable. It is very important that all the relevant documentations needed to authenticate the source of the funds are provided to prove that the funds were earned legitimately in accordance with the PATRIOT ACT so that the FBI, IRS and Homeland Security will not come knocking at your door.

In lieu of the above,It is therefore mandatory that you provide the Origin of Funds Certificate (O.O.F) to prove that the funds have no links with any form of illegality.

Being the beneficiary of the Consignment, the Origin of Funds Certificate (O.O.F) is the only way of confirming the source of the funds and it is your responsibility to provide the Certificate before the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery to you .

The Diplomat's previous Flight Details shows that he came from London,United Kingdom.

We were informed that the beneficiary of the Consignment will pay for the Certificate and the cost of this documentation is $450 Dollars

You have to pay this fee directly to them via Western Union in the name stated below:

Name: Andrew Smith
Address; London, United Kingdom.
Tel 447024056325
Amount: $450
Text Question Colour
Answer        Green
After paying the Fee,send the following payment information
1. Sender's Name and Address
2. Amount Sent
3. Reference Number(MTCN NUMBER)
Upon the receipt of the payment information,the Certificate will be made out in your name by the London Authority, scanned and sent immediately via email to us so that the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery of your Consignment to you.

Failure to pay for this documentation is a confirmation that you wanted to smuggle the funds into the country which is a federal offense and a gross violation of the the Patriot Act.

and we have contacted the relevant Authorities in that country to inquire about the process of getting the Certificate immediately.It is therefore in your best interest that you pay for the Certificate as instructed immediately as the consequences of refusing is very severe.

Yours Faithfully,

Alan Bersin
A G Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) Ports of Entry: JFK Airport  
Building 77 - Service Port Jamaica, 
NY 11430.

Disclaimer ***** This email and any attachment may contain confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient because it was sent to you in error, you are not authorized to reply, copy or disclose all or any part of it without the prior written consent of  United States Customs Department.

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