Ralph W. Basham, Customs Officer (scam alert)

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This is a version of the “abandoned shipment” scam, where the scammer says there is a shipment waiting to be delivered to you (full of cash!), and you just have to claim it. It’s a classic kind of advance fee fraud. Read up on how advance fee frauds work here at the Scam Hunter website so you won’t fall into the fraudsters’ traps!

Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016
From: “Ralph W. Basham” www.@rice.ocn.ne.jp
Reply-To: “Ralph W. Basham” u.s.ahomelandcustoms@hotmail.com
Subject: Customs protecting your package (CBP)

Attention Beneficiary

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your affirmation and to inform you of the latest development as regards the delivery of your consignment package by the Diplomat Mr. Nelson William. While scanning the package our cash track machine detected that the content of the package the Diplomat is delivering to you is cash worth the sum of ($25.5Million USD).

It is a crime to bring in money (over US$10,000) into the United States of America without proper documentations and clearance because it shows that the money is either being smuggled into the country or the source of the funds is questionable.

It is very important that all the relevant documentations needed to authenticate the source of the funds are provided to prove that the funds were earned legitimately in accordance with the PATRIOTACT so that the FBI,IRS and Homeland Security will not come knocking at your door. In lieu of the above, it is therefore mandatory that you provide the Origin of Funds Certificate (O.O.F) to prove that the funds have no links with any form of illegality.

Being the beneficiary of the package, the Origin of Funds Certificate (O.O.F) is the only way of confirming the source of the funds and it is your responsibility to provide the Certificate before the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery To You Tomorrow.

The Diplomat’s Flight Details shows that he came from Benin Republic and we have contacted the relevant Authorities in that country to inquire about the process of getting the Certificate.

We were informed that the beneficiary of the package will pay for the Certificate and the cost of this documentation is $950 Dollars, You have to pay this fee directly to us via Money Gram in the name stated below:

RECEIVER NAME…. Peter Oluwa
COUNTRY…. Benin Republic
CITY…….Cotonou
AMOUNT…….$950

Get back to us with the below information as soon as you send the $950.

MTCN……………
SENDER NAME ………
SENDER COUNTRY……..

Upon the receipt of the payment information, the Certificate will be made out in your name by the Benin Republic Authority, scanned and send immediately via email to us so that the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery of your package to you tomorrow.

Failure to pay for this documentation is a confirmation that you wanted to smuggle the funds into the country which is a federal offense and a gross violation of the Patriot Act.

It is therefore in your best interest that you pay for the Certificate as instructed immediately as the consequences of refusing is very severe.

WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO GET BACK TO US WITH THE CONTROL NUMBER, SENDER NAME AND SENDER COUNTRY

Yours Faithfully,
Ralph W. Ba-sham
Email,(u.s.ahomelandcustoms@hotmail.com or Ralph.W.Basham@usa.com)
Phone : (779) 333-1249

A G Commissioner of U.S.
Customs protecting your package (CBP)

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