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Joined: 24 Jul 2009
Location: In a forest
Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:07 am
My brother-in-law has been corresponding with a girl he met on the net.
She is from Benin and claims to be a nursery nurse. She says she wants to get away from home for a while and has arranged a passport and flights to come to Scotland. She is due to fly over tomorrow from Cotonou via Paris, arriving in Edinburgh at around 8am on Tuesday.
She has sent him pictures of her new passport, UK Visa and flight tickets with numbers which stack up for the flights and times she says shes using.
On Friday she e-mailed to say (and here he gets vauge as he is not very worldly savvy) there is a local agency that require her to show she has sufficient funds to support herself in her absence i.e. £20 per day, she's spent all her money on tickets, can he send her the money to show the 'Agency'? She promises to change it to travelers cheques and give it back to him when she 'arrives'. It transpires from the images she's sent him she has booked her flight back for June 2011 so she needs £3600.
I've warned him about West Africa being the world centre for scammers, but he still can't belive she's not genuine, he even went to the local Western Union office yesterday, but got cold feet. How can I show him it's a scam?
Oh, forgot to say, her name is apparently 'Precious'.
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