George Esunge Fominyen in Brief


  • George Esunge Fominyen is currently Coordinator of the Multi-Media Editorial Unit of the PANOS Institute West Africa (PIWA) in Dakar, Senegal.

    PANOS Institute West Africa 6, Rue Calmette Dakar, Senegal

    Email: esungeft@gmail.com
  • Biography

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December 17, 2008

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akwe

OH Boy ! I just finished talking to my mum on the phone and she told me "scammers have invaded cyber cafés out here in Bamenda and am scared of using the internet these days". I laughed but I thought , that must be pretty serious and scary.A few minutes later I stumbled on this post.Confirming what I got on the phone! What's happening? Is it the search for "easy cash"?.
Thanks for the piece George.I found it so enlightening.

Dibussi

Hi Gef,

Here is another puppy scam that was reported today in a British newspaper:

Couple duped by Cameroon puppy scam


From left, Barry Johnson, Kayleigh Holmes and Joshua Holmes

« Previous « PreviousNext » Next »View GalleryADVERTISEMENT Published Date:
18 December 2008
By Stef Hall
A pregnant mum has told how she ended up hundreds of pounds out of pocket after being duped into buying a non-existent puppy by Internet fraudsters.
Mum-of-one Kayleigh Holmes, 23, from Deepdale, warned animal lovers to steer clear of the online pet scam after trying to buy a King Charles Cavalier puppy for her three-year-old son.

Kayleigh and her partner Barry Johnson, 29, responded to an advert on a UK classifieds website after deciding to buy a King Charles puppy – normally around £400 – for just £150.

The heartless online fraud involves adverts offering pedigree dogs for a fraction of the usual price.

Enticed by cute pictures and details of the pet's background, the couple were persuaded to send the cash by money transfer.

Kayleigh says: "We had our hearts set on the puppy and rang the woman, who told us she was in Aberdeen on a course but that she would use a cargo service to deliver the dog to us.

"We sent £150 for the dog to Cameroon – we thought it was odd but were gullible and just wanted the dog."

Kayleigh and Barry wired the money through a payment at their local post office, and received a phone call from a man claiming to be from a pet cargo depot saying the dog was being loaded into a wagon.

But moments later they got an e-mail claiming the dog could not be released until they sent a £600 fee to cover its insurance, injections and transportation costs.

Kayleigh, from Ringwood Road, added: "We smelled a rat and rang the woman who was selling the dog to see what was going on – but the same man answered the phone.

"We told them we would call the police which we did. However, we have lost the £150 because the payment can't be traced.

"It is a very cruel fraud because they know people have their heart set on a puppy. We were furious."

Police warned potential pet owners to be on their guard. PC Andrew Knight revealed a second family in the Lea area had suffered a similar scam.

He said: "We've had a number of similar scams involving a range of items. It appears the current issue is over dogs but as soon as the scammers are alerted we are on their trail it will change to something else. If it seems too good to be true then it probably is.

"If you see a £1,000 dog advertised for £500 it should set alarm bells ringing. You should always make sure you know who you are dealing with. Sending cash via Western Union or Money is OK if you know who the cash is going to but it is not a secure way of paying for something. "

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesman, said: "Puppy buyers should always be extremely careful. You should always make sure that you see the puppy with the mother and in its home environment."

http://www.lep.co.uk/news/Couple-duped-by-Cameroon-puppy.4802596.jp

Dibussi

Also, check out this link for the narrative of an American student whose email account was hijacked this summer in Kumba - http://wheredaveis.com/?p=1730

According to a recent posting on the camnet forum:

"This is a new scam that has been going on in Cameroon (and most definitely Nigeria) for over a year now. Criminals trawl internet cafes for customers with yahoo, hotmail and other accounts who fail to sign out from their accounts after checking emails. These criminals take the time to read the victim's emails so that they can develop an accurate profile of the person before drafting their 419 email.They then pull up names from the victim's contact list and send emails asking for money. This is why the recipients are always folks who have communicated with or know the victim. In this case" anyone who knows Paulinus Jua will agree that this is a very plausible scenario.

GEF

Dibussi,

The one about using yahoo-type accounts whose owners do not properly sign-out is reigning these days. I have received at least two such in the last month.

Fortunately, I had already encountered such a scam attempt last year. The scammer used a contact of ours who is a police officer and nearly got us on the hook.

Fortunately, he slightly mis-timed his coup as the man who was supposedly stranded in a hotel in Nigeria, was safely at home in Cameroon and spoke to us on the phone when we decided to call before reacting.

Sharp isn't it?

Kamer

Hi Gef, just came back from a long break in which I did not read my emails.
True that about Cameroonian fey persons increasing in leaps and bounds. Really, with these internet scams, the scammer could be from anywhere, you never know. Been hearing a lot about the Cameroonian puppy scam and I must say it is quite scary. The one about using people's email accounts is also alarming. Will there ever be an end to these?

jeff paul scam

Fortunately, I had already encountered such a scam attempt last year. The scammer used a contact of ours who is a police officer and nearly got us on the hook.

BELL ROSE NTUBE NGOLE

Massa, i recieved one here about some fake employment to work from home. A week later i recieved a check of 3800 dollars. Surprised at why someone would send me a check when i have not delivered the goods yet-my antennas went up. I knew the smart guyz were at work. I later got a mail from the scammers telling me it was an error.They explained that 2000 dollars was to be sent to their distributor and i should keep 1800 as part of my first pay check- how funny?
I send them a reply and told they i was not a "mugu"
Do you guyz know that all the different scams have been exposed on Oprah and on Msnbc? I heard Oprah describing scam victims the other day as "mugus. It was so funny.
I wonder when this naija guyz dem go stop dis their badmanners.
Almost all Africans are being discredited today because of some of these bad seeds.

tony

I can assure you that the 419 thing is now global BELL ROSE. The only certainty is that Nigerians were first out of the box with one particular variant. Believe me, Cameroon has now caught up. Along with CIV, Mali, Ghana and other countries in the sub-region. 419 has many applications, look at the Madoff 'Ponzi' scandal and global stock-market meltdown. The link between 419 and capitalism is long overdue. 419 is an acute form of this economic condition and as such, requires longer treatment!

debbie goodwin

I am not in the best mood I have been scammed for the purchase of a african grey parrot. I was told the bird would arrive by congo airlines and just about the time the bird was to arrive something would come up like a license for flight or document for insurance or rental for a cage or a document that says the bird can travel with us all over the world I was taken for a lot of money

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