- Aug 2, 2001
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FULL STORY: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/12/...medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_farkTown of Erie scammed out of more than $1 million in bridge project
Erie officials announced the town was recently a victim of financial fraud after sending just over $1.01 million to an unknown person claiming to be a construction company the town had hired to build Erie Parkway bridge.
On Monday, Erie Town Administrator Malcolm Fleming sent out an email blast stating the town sent money to a person who requested a change in form of payment for the construction work on Erie Parkway Bridge, but was unaware the person was not working for SEMA Construction, Inc., the primary contractor for Erie Parkway Bridge.
On Oct. 21, an unknown suspect completed an electric form on the town’s website requesting a change in how SEMA would receive payments for its work.
“Specifically, the change was to receive payments via electronic funds transfer rather than by check,” according to Fleming’s email blast. “Although town staff checked some of the information on the form for accuracy, they did not verify the authenticity of the submission with SEMA Construction; they accepted the form and updated the payment method.”
On Oct. 25, the town processed two payments to SEMA for the work, totaling more than $1.01 million.
According to town staff, the payments were sent to an account that was not authorized by SEMA.
“Once the payments were in that account, the perpetrators of this fraud sent the money via wire transfer out of the country,” the email blast reads. ...
According to town staff, there is no evidence that any town employee engaged in any criminal activity, or had any criminal intent. ...
Fleming said the staff member who accepted the form and updated the payment information did not follow previously issued guidelines for verifying the authenticity of the requested change.
“The person voluntarily resigned as a result of this incident,” Fleming said. ...
A pretty good con.
Israeli police have arrested three men accused of scamming €8 million (£6.8 million) from a businessman by impersonating the French foreign minister.
The suspects, said to be French-Israelis, reportedly created a replica of Jean-Yves Le Drian's Paris office in Israel to conduct Skype calls.
They allegedly told targets that the money was needed for secret operations and to pay ransom money for hostages in Syria and Mali.
All three men deny any involvement.
The suspects, aged between 37 and 47, are accused of attempting to scam business owners and directors of large companies on the French stock market, telling their marks that the transactions had to be kept secret.
Only one person approached by the group handed over cash, according to Israeli media reports.
According to the reports, the conmen built a replica of Mr Le Drian's French foreign ministry office at a location in Israel, including matching furniture, a portrait of French president Emmanuel Macron and a French flag in the background.
"I was genuinely curious if DoorDash would catch on - but they didn't," wrote Mr Roy.
But Mr Roy said: "We found out afterward that was all the result of a 'demand test' by DoorDash.
"They have a test period where they scrape the restaurant's website and don't charge any fees to anyone, so they can ideally go to the restaurant with positive order data to then get the restaurant signed on to the platform.
"Third-party delivery platforms, as they've been built, just seem like the wrong model, but instead of testing, failing, and evolving, they've been subsidised into market dominance.
"You have insanely large pools of capital creating an incredibly inefficient money-losing business model."
OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA,
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive,
Central District Area, Abuja.
WITHOUT MINCING WORDS, I AM CONVINCED 100% THAT YOU HAVE HAD BITTER
EXPERIENCE WITH VARIOUS SCAMMERS 'CLAIMING TO BE HIGH GOVERNMENT
OFFICIALS BANKS AND THEREBY DEFRAUDING YOU OF YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY
THE ACTIVITIES OF THESE SCAMMERS HAS CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE ABOUT
CONDUCTING BUSINESS ON THE INTERNET AND YOU NOW BELIEVED THERE IS NO
GENUINE BUSINESS THAT CAN BE CONDUCTED ON THE INTERNET. WELL I AM
AMERICAN AND THE INTERNET WAS CREATED BY AMERICANS FOR THE PURPOSE OF
CREATING; AWARENESS FOR YOUR PRODUCTS/ SERVICES AND CONDUCTING GENUINE
BUSINESS WITH EASE. I AM FULLY COMMITTED TO DELIVER THE DIPLOMATIC
CONSIGNMENT TO YOU.I AM A FULL CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES BUT I WAS
ON A MISSION HERE IN NIGERIA AS A DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVES TO
HENCE, I AM MAKING EVERY EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT NO CITIZEN OF THE
UNITED STATES IS CHEATED BY NIGERIA/BENIN REPUBLIC. THEREFORE, I NEED
YOUR UTMOST SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING TO ACTUALIZE THIS DREAM. I ALSO
WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT I DO TRUST YOU AND I EXPECT YOU TO SHOW ME
THE SAME TRUST AND RESPECT IN RETURN SINCE TRUST IS A 2-WAY STREET. ON
THE OTHER HAND, TRUST IS A RELATIONSHIP OF RELIANCE. TRUST ALSO MEANS
BEING ABLE TO PREDICT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL DO AND WHAT SITUATIONS
WILL OCCUR. I WILL BE COMING TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING
BY THE END OF EVERY MONTH AND I WILL BE BRINGING YOUR FUNDS OF $40m
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AN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA, I AM A US GOVERNMENT AGENT AND I HAVE THE
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YOU HAVE REALLY PAID SO MUCH IN THIS DELIVERY THAT MAKES ME WONDER.
YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY PERSON BECAUSE I SHALL BE BRINGING IT MYSELF AND
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria
Mary Beth Leonard United States Ambassador to Nigeria. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard is the U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ambassador Leonard is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor.
PACKAGE($40m) MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN AMBASSADOR PACKAGE FOR ME TO
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IT WILL NOT BE MY FAULT IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKAGE.
Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard
UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA
I am interested to see the financial impact this will have on China. What a great time for this one to land.Chinese jewellery company obtains $2.8bn loan using fake gold bars as collateral
There will be a general reluctance to do this kind of business with China unless they police the way their businesses operate.I am interested to see the financial impact this will have on China. What a great time for this one to land.
Let me offer a different scenario. China gets locked out and embargoed hard. This causes the standard of living in China to plummet and causes a revolution that destroys the CCP, which is only in powetr on the tacit agreement that they keep China prosperous. I would encourage everyone to boycott Chinese goods until our governments catch up.There will be a general reluctance to do this kind of business with China unless they police the way their businesses operate. Already, they've pissed off quite a few countries with certain sharp practices. Time for them to grow up and join the rest of the world.
I'm already trying to do that, but it is difficult.Let me offer a different scenario. China gets locked out and embargoed hard. This causes the standard of living in China to plummet and causes a revolution that destroys the CCP, which is only in powetr on the tacit agreement that they keep China prosperous. I would encourage everyone to boycott Chinese goods until our governments catch up.