The updates on our site has been slower recently due to change in web hosting service.
Recently, it appears that there has been an increased in scamming activities worldwide, and many has lost quite a large sum of their lifetime savings or hard-earned money in scams. This is despite the warnings from the local authorities in the respective country or city.
The scamming “business” has been “profitable” per se, and might have made some of the scammers millionaires if they are not caught yet. The widespread use of the internet in the recent years have helped to push up the figures worldwide. Generally, scams that are conducted by scammers in a foreign country are difficult to catch, while most of those that make it to the news are mainly local scammers – where they can be identified, traced and caught by the local]]> authorities.
We are also investigating and checking out sources of those “overseas-based”, advanced fee scams (e.g. fake checks) which “appears” to originate from countries such as Canada, USA, UK, etc. In most cases, it is likely that the scammers have lied about their location until when it is time to send money over. They would require the victims to send the cash over to their “representative”, “headoffice”, etc in Nigeria or South Africa. That is a clear giveaway, for some.
We find that it is important to confirm the actual location of the scammer. If the money is wired to the scammers account, there is bound to be a way for the bank and police (where the scammer resides) to trace them. We personally think that allowing scams to be conducted in their country would hurt the reputation badly. Perhaps a trade embargo would be good (just kidding).