I am normally very careful with ads on the internet. But almost fell for this scam because it was a banner ad for loans on LinkedIn that gave it an appearance of legitimacy.
I went through the loan application process. I made it clear that under no circumstance would I send money in advance.
The loan was approved and the money was on its way. I was sent a copy of the HSBC transferal slip. I received emails asking if the loan had been received during the past week. This morning I received the following email:
Regarding your fund transfer, please note that we have just confirmed that
your fund has been held by the Government department of taxation and
finance which caused delay of successful credit into your local bank. this
was determined from federal income tax under section 501 (c)
(3) of the international revenue code requires that you provide a
three(3) % percent charge for your government tax placed on your fund
Note: The three(3) % charges is also applicable to any public charity or
private Non Governmental organisations, which is mandatory to pay 3% of
the total amount of 190,250.00usd which will be 5,707usd for your fund to
be released and credited into your Commercial bank account in minutes.
This tax system is not from us but a government taxation system in your
region and is compulsory that all international borrower must pay this tax
to complete your fund transfer into their local bank account .
Kindly let us know if you able to make your tax payment in order for us to
inform the tax department and a copy of your tax clearance certificate
will be attached to you once we pay off Tax office.
Once your tax amount(5,707usd only) is paid your fund will automatically
be released and credited into your bank account in minutes.
Contributions to your tax under sections 170 of the publication code
4221-PC,you are also qualified to receive tax refunds request after 1
Thank you for your understanding and we await your response to complete
your fund transfer today
LinkedIn should warn others who may have seen the banner ad.
Can you advise any other action I can take in regard to this scam?
Looking in to their website I now see its just a copied template. I quickly realised this doing a google search for BOKEER DOEL and you quickly find other website created using the same template such as
Others need to be warned of this scam
Identity Theft Risk: