12/00 – My name is Shahla Ghasemi and my husband is Dr. Ali-Reza Ghasemi, we are American citizens who live in Tampa, Florida.
This is what had happened to us and how we got involved in the Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud. About 3 months ago, we got a phone call from Nigeria by a man named Dr. Ali Abubabker though I don’t believe that is his real name.
He introduced himself to us as the director of NNPC and used the number 234-1-774-1703. He said that he had a confidential message for my husband, but if we were to expose this message he could lose his job and his life. He told us that he would receive a very big commission from this.
The story that he told us was that one foreign contractor from our country who died transferred $27,400,000.00 to Dr. Ali Reza Ghasemi. We were very shocked as that is my husbands name. After that, he faxed all the documents and attached all the needed documents.
We looked over everything and they all seemed real, all bore the government’s official seals and stamps. Then he faxed us a copy of our bank information, which we filled out and faxed back to him.
On August 14,2000 we received a letter from the bank which stated that we needed to hire a power of attorney. His name is F.A. Williams and his telephone is 234-1-774-0939. We contacted Mr. Williams and he asked us to send him $7,250.00 for the court registration fee through Western Union.
We sent the money with a fee, which came out to be $7,565.00. After they had received the payment, Mr. Williams said that everything was ready but, calling from the bank, asked us for a copy of SEPA.
We had no idea what that was, so we called Dr. Abubaker who said that he didn’t have the form and thought that maybe the original contractor hadn’t paid for it. They then asked us for $27,400.00 but with a fee we paid nearly $30,000.00 through Western Union.
After two days, Mr. Williams had called and congratulated us. He said that our money had been transferred and he faxed me a copy of the transaction, which stated that our money had left the bank and was on its way into our account.
In that same week, Dr. Abubaker had faxed me his confirmation ticket saying that he was on his way into America, and that we should send him money to buy his ticket.
The following day Mr. Williams called and said that our money had been stopped because of a shorting tax that needed to be paid which hadn’t been paid. He faxed me an invoice for $63,250.00 bill for the tax. We transferred this money through our bank to Prism Company at Nigeria.
Two days later he called and said that everything was fine. He said that we should be hearing from our bank representative very soon. Two days later we received a call from Carlos White from Atlanta, Georgia in America. He introduced himself as a NCB Bank Representative with the phone number of 404-944-1842. He said that our money was ready and that we needed to fly to Atlanta to transfer the account into our account.
We asked why and he said because the money was big and he needed to transfer the money in front us. He told us to bring a copy of our driver license, a copy of the contract, and $11,500 in cash. The same evening my husband, daughter, and myself flew to Atlanta and got a hotel room.
Then next day we called Mr. White to make an appointment with him at our bank, First Union. He said that he had to send a bank representative to our hotel room. When we got back, he sent two men by the names of Mustafa Sharief and Agu Jbreh.
They received all the documents and $11,500 in cash and then they told us to wait for two hours at which time our money would be transferred into our account. We waited for a few hours and kept calling the bank and they had said that no transaction had occurred. So we decided to head back to Tampa.
While we were in line checking our bags and reserving our tickets, we were contacted by Mr. White by our cell phone. We told him that we were leaving and ready to go back to Tampa.
He got very mad and said that we couldn’t go back because the transaction hadn’t been closed yet and that he still needed to talk to us. We went back to our hotel and we had to reserve another room.
We called Mr. White and he said that he would be sending two people. After two hours, two people arrived by the names of Mustafa Sharife and the other didn’t give his name, but I do remember his face.
They came and told us that the government of Nigeria had approved our payment to be physical cash. We asked them what that meant and they said that it was real physical cash. Then they asked us to go to their car to see the cash and get the cash or to wait and transfer the money into our bank account.
They said that the money couldn’t get into our account until it had been cleaned. We asked them what they meant and they went to the car and came back with 5 pieces of black paper. Then they went into the bathroom sink and with some chemicals cleaned the black paper and it turned out to be $100.00 bills.
We told them that it was fine. They could clean the money and deposit it into our account. Then Mr. Sharrif called Carlos White and he said that we had to pay for the chemicals, we asked how much they need and he said it was $185,000.
We asked him if he could take the $185,000 from the money but he said that he could not touch the original money. Then we decided to go back to Tampa.
From that night we decided to contact the Nigerian government and our attorney Mr. Williams. I called Dr. Abubaker and I called Mr. Williams, they acted normal and they didn’t appear to know what Mr. White had told me. Mr. Williams told me that he had to go and speak with the president of Nigeria in Abuja and get his advice.
Two days later, he called me and said that we had no choice but to pay the money for the chemicals, but he said that we should send him a copy of the receipt so that after the government received their money from America and Japan in January or February they would reimburse my money that we paid them for the chemicals.
Mr. White was calling me and asking me for money for the chemicals. Finally we wired $150,000 to them. Two days later, Mr. White called me from Atlanta and asked for a Rolex watch for the president of Nigeria so that he could impress the president and get a better job in Nigeria. In addition, he wanted $350,000.
The $350,000 was for the purpose of opening an account for me for a CBN transit account. I told him that he didn’t tell us anything about this before, he told us after he had cleaned the money.
That same day I spoke to our consultant and told him what happened to us and he said that we had been involved in a scam. He showed us the many different stories and example on the Internet of this scam and the many different victims that it had happened to.
We lost almost $400,000 on this matter. We are just a middle class family, my husband is a physician and I am a nurse. We borrowed money from many different places to pay to these people. Now we lost our credit and everything else.
I called my bank and I asked them for a refund, my bank requested a refund through the Bank of New York. I got the number for the Bank of New York and asked them where they sent my money.
The representative said that they had sent the money to Lagos in Nigeria and Beirut in Lebanon, I asked for the phone number of the banks but they said that they didn’t have it.
They said that they had a representative at Nigeria who works for the Bank of New York. He is at Lagos and his name is Mr. Shay (phone number 234-1-2693327).
The bank said that they sent the money to him and he sent it to the Bank of Omega (phone number is 234-1-2620851). I called to the Omega Bank Director, Mrs. Odunsi. I explained the situation and I faxed a letter of complaint.
She said they got the money from the Bank of New York. She then said the money was sent to the Atlantic Precision LTD (phone number is 234-1-2640120). The manager is Mr. Ikye, Eugwu.
I spoke with Mr. Eugwu and I requested for a refund, I am yet waiting for his action towards this manner. On November 2, 2000, I contacted with Mr. Eugwen Ikye, (director of Atlantic Precision LTD concerning when he was going to refund my money. He said that he couldn’t refund the money because he paid the money to Mr. Ibrahim Bashiru (phone numbers are 234-1-775-3112, 234-1-493-3445, and 234-1-804-3445).
I said “Mr. Eugwn I sent my money from America to the Atlantic Precision LTD and it is your responsibility to collect my money from whoever received it.” He then said “I am not a collector and don’t call me anymore,” after that he hung up.
After that incident I called Mr. Bashrim and I explained what Mr. Eugwn had told me from the Atlantic Precision LTD, he said that he had received the money and would not be refunding it.
I asked who he is and did you give anything in replace of my money, he said that it is their business; this is the way we live. I told him that I am going to call the police at Nigeria and I am going to send a letter to the Nigerian President.
He said that he didn’t care and used an excessive amount of profanity towards the President and the police. Then he proceeded on by saying that this is another way of income besides the oil that is coming into the country.
He said that the President and the government knows about this. He also proceeded on by using curses and also by threatening. Now I believe that not only are Dr. Ali Abubaker ( James Cardoso ), Mr. F.A. Williams ( Ola Michael ), Mr. Carlos White (real name Ojbe, Onokaite and phone number in America is 404-944-1842) but also Mr. Bashiru and Atlantic Precision LTD are also included in this scam.
I have also found the number for the director of CBN from the Internet. His name is Mr. Joseph Sanusi (phone number 234-1-266-0100) to tell him about how the people are using the CBN’s name improperly.
I decided to call him and one person who answered his phone proceeded on to tell me to call him at his private number (011-234-1-775-4327). I called him and told him my contract number and he said that everything was fine with my contract.
He also asked me to fax the document to his attention at 44-870-134-9987. I asked him where this is and he said it is at London. It was then where I found out that this is another scammer. I hope that Mr. Joseph Sanusi can read this and find out who is really working for him and answering his calls.
In conclusion, I would just like to point out that these scammers have created a horrible name for Nigeria. The people won’t trust anyone from that country and yes there are some wonderful and innocent people out there whom our money should go to, but not to these cons.