Press Release No. : 06/2007
Date : 07 May 2007
Members of the public are advised to exercise extreme caution when receiving unsolicited fax, letters or emails providing attractive opportunities to get rich fast with minimal effort. This is most often a common type of fraud known as Advance Fee Fraud.
There has been an increase in the number of Fiji citizens who have been defrauded into sending money to foreign nationals as advance fees for fraudulent business proposals and illegal lotteries.
What is Advance Fee Fraud?
This is a type of fraud where the perpetrators lure their victims by promising them huge sums of money in exchange for assisting the perpetrators in transferring millions of dollars out of a particular country such as Nigeria, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, South Africa, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada, the United State and Russia. However, victims will be instructed to pay upfront certain fees and charges to enable the transfer of funds to proceed any further.
In other varieties of “advance fee fraud”, victims may be informed that they have won millions of dollars in an overseas lottery or have been named a beneficiary in a multi-million dollar inheritance. Victims will than be informed that before they can access their winnings or their inherited wealth, they have to first pay some type of fees or charges.
How Does the Advanced Fee Fraud Operate?
Advice to Members of the Public
The public is advised to exercise extreme care and caution when receiving such unsolicited letters, faxes and emails.
There is often no way of recovering any money lost by participating in such schemes due to the nature of the fraud. Therefore the public is advised to just ignore such unsolicited correspondences or not to respond to it until you have verified the credentials of the persons involved and you are sure that it is a genuine proposal.