• Report: #781628

Complaint Review: Laura Powell

  • Submitted: Mon, September 26, 2011
  • Updated: Sun, June 17, 2012

  • Reported By: Marco — Montebelluna Other Italy
Laura Powell
Baltimore, Maryland United States of America

Laura Powell Nigerian scam 419 - internet fraud Baltimore, Maryland

*Consumer Comment: R U 4 Real?

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Object: Nigerian 419 Fraud Report

With this letter I would like to denounce the Nigerian 419 Fraud Report I have been victim from the October 2009 to the July 2010.

In that time I was living in the Netherlands at the following direction:
Leuvenlaan 63C, 6229 GX Maastricht and I fell victim, unfortunately, of this fraud.

Following the fraud report model, here you find my details:
 
Full name: Marco ****
Date, place and country of birth: (((redacted))), Montebelluna (TV), Italy
Profession and nationality: Employee, Italian.
Full Address and Country:  **** Montebelluna (TV) Italy
Telephone and e-mail address:   (((redacted)))

Case.

1.      How did the first contact with the suspect come about?  I was contacted via the application Are you interested in Facebook from an attractive American blond girl called Laura Powell around September 2009. She left me a message that she would love to e-mail me and left me her e-mail, prettylaura12@hotmail.com.

2.      How you were approached?  I received the first message on the 6th of September 2009 and I replied to her e-mail. I received a long e-mail where she was telling me she was looking for the right soulmate and that she was in Nigeria for some reasons.

3.      Who approached you? A girl called Laura Powell, coming from Maryland, USA and born around 1982. Her e-mail address is prettylaura12@hotmail.com
 
4.      What was the role /function of this person? The role of this supposed girl was to find a soulmate via internet, that she left USA because of problems with her father and reached Nigeria to make some works for some important reasons. She attached some attractive pictures and asked some questions regarding myself and the future.
 
For some period, until the 19th of October, there was no correspondence between me and this girl, but after that she replied to me and started an intense correspondence. She revealed in the next e-mails she had a secret to tell me and in the forth e-mail she even said i love you. I was suspecting something but as recently broke up with a girl in Maastricht and almost without money I fell into her spider web.
 
On the 25th of October I got an e-mail where she told she had to escape from USA, as her ex boyfriend stole the money that she was keeping and she went to Nigeria to complete some jobs with contractors that worked with her father for petrol companies. She told she earned a huge amount of money, 1,7 millions of US dollars, and that she was looking to use that money to relocate and spend it with her lover or future husband. She decided to hide the money from the flat-mate and put the money in a security company waiting for someone to clear it up and send via diplomatic transport with customs papers already obtained.

In the e-mail of the 25th of October 2009, she gave me the details of the Cardinal Security and Insurance Company limited, located in Lagos, Nigeria, with all the contact details and the deposit details. Now the situation involved another person, Mr. Paul Martins, with the role of Custodian Manager of this company.
 
Attached you find those related e-mails from the 8th of September to the 25th of October 2009.
 
5.      Who else have you been in contact with, and what was the role/function of this person? Mr. Paul Martins, custodian manager, of Cardinal Security and Insurance Company Limited. The e-mail was cardinalsecuritycompanyltd@gmail.com. I should have contacted him to pay the clearance fee, the boxes within that week in order to have the 2 boxes sent
within the end of the week.

At the beginning they asked me an amount of Euros 1.280 in order to send the boxes with the money but in that moment I did not have enough funds to help her so I asked for an extension in keeping the boxes. The amount asked for this was Euros 290.

On the 28th of October 2009, I sent via Western Union the first amount to Ahmed Babatunde, supposed legal representative of the Cardinal Security and Insurance Company Limited. The operation was made through GMX Traveler agency in Maastricht ( Stationplein). The details are the following:

From: Marco ****
To: Ahmed Babatunde
Amount: Euros 290 + 17 Euros of transaction
MTCN: 524-220-4539
Test question: For what?
Test answer: Custodian fee
Country: Nigeria
 
On the 31st of October 2009, she requested to send her 250 Euros to extend her period in the hotel she was accommodating, directly to the supposed manager hotel, called John Okolo. So the same day I sent the money via Western Union. The transaction was made in GMX Travelex Agency in Maastricht.

From: Marco ****
To: John Okolo
Amount: Euros 250 + 11 Euros of transaction
MTCN: 929-439-1375
Test question: For whom?
Test answer: For Miss Laura Powell
Country: Nigeria
 
So paid the hotel fees and then the fees for the boxes, I had to request in order to pay the entire operation a loan from a financial company. I found via internet the Rofin Financieringen, located in Exportweg 4, 9301 ZV Roden, The Netherlands and I asked a previous loan for 5.000 Euros.
 
On the 13th of November 2009, I got the ok from the company and after that I received the contract and got the money in order to pay the transport of the boxes. 

On the 20th of November 2009 I sent the first part of the 1.280 required for the delivery of the boxes to my previous address in the Netherlands.  I split the payments in two as follows:

a)      In Moviemax Heerlerheide, Ganzeweide 117, 6413 GC Heerlen, The Netherlands

From: Marco ****
To: Ahmed Babatunde
Amount: Euros 966 + 34 Euros of transaction
MTCN: 526-911-2007
Test question: For what
Test answer: Two boxes
Country: Nigeria

b)      In Ortel Finance, Hoogbrugstraat 55, Maastricht, The Netherlands

From:  Marco ****
To:  Ahmed Babatunde
Amount: Euros 314 + 17
Euros of transaction
MTCN: 526-911-2007
Test question: For what
Test answer: Two boxes
Country: Nigeria

Together with the payment I filled a form where I had to send a form of delivery of the boxes, together with my ID card, the copy of passport of Miss Laura Powell, the deposit certificate. On the 26th of November, the boxes were declared to be sent.

In the meantime I sent to Laura other two money transfers, one for her air tickets and the other one for duties, travel and gifts destinated to me and my family.
 
The payments were made on the 23rd of November 2009 and on the 25th of November 2009, always via Western Union, and destinated to the hotel manager, John Okolo.

1)
From:  Marco ****
To:  John Okolo
Amount: Euros 600 + 28
Euros of transaction
MTCN: 502-401-5083
Test question: For what
Test answer: Laura Powell
Country: Nigeria
 
2)
From:  Marco ****
To:  John Okolo
Amount: Euros 900 + 34
Euros of transaction
MTCN: 477-830-9777
Test question: For what
Test answer: Flight ticket
Country: Nigeria

So in my mind everything was going ok, she would have reached me after the delivery of the boxes, but the scammers had another surprise for me. On the 26th of November 2009, I received an e-mail from a custom controller of the Customs department, called Carthy Robinson, via an e-mail, serivcomng@gmail.com . Im attaching you the pdf file receveid from the Nigerian custom, that were asking that Miss Laura Powell wen to them together with a laywer and the amount of 3.750 Euros. I attach also this request from them, stating that a prosecution would have set up to the sender and the receiver (me).

Scared of this, me, Mr. Paul Martins and Laura Powell started a negotiation with the customs controller, asking to pay the entire sum splitted in more payments. They found an agreement to send them 50% immediately and after that 50% within 20th of December, so that Carthy Robinson would have sent one a box and after that the second one.

On the 28th of November 2009, I sent another amount of 966 Euros to this Carthy Robinson in order to pay as soon as possible as i was scared to be victim of a prosecution. The payment was made in the GMX Travelex agency located in the railstation of Heerlen, the Netherlands with the following details:

From:  Marco ****
To:  Carthy Robinson
Amount: Euros 966 + 34 Euros of transaction fee
MTCN: 704-146-1305
Test question: For what
Test answer: Clearance fee
Country: Nigeria

On the 30th of November 2009 I sent another amount of 943 Euros in order to complete the delivery of the first box. The payment was made again in Moviemax Heerlerheide, Ganzeweide 117, 6413 GC Heerlen, The Netherlands with the following details:
 
From:  Marco ****
To:  Carthy Robinson
Amount: Euros 909 + 34
Euros of transaction fee
MTCN: 6324790565
Test question: For what
Test answer: Clearance fee
Country: Nigeria
 
After that the attempt to send the first box failed as I received another e-mail where the scammers were telling me that the controller was called by her boss, Ismael Adenekan, as he heard some rumours regarding an illegal delivery of one box. So another negotiation was set up and they gave me another deadline of 20th of December, in which I should have tried to get the funds, in order to avoid that Carthy Robinson was fired and me victim of a prosecution and the so called Miss Laura Powell put in jail.

In the meantime, I dont remember why: I sent another payment to her with these details:
 
From:  Marco ****
To:  John Okolo
Amount: Euros 450 +31 Euros    
MTCN: 2064092074
Test question: For what
Test answer: Family assistance
Country: Nigeria
 
On the 4th of December I asked Rofin Financieringen to extend my loan to 7.500 Euros. I got the ok and signed a new contract that you find attached the copy.
 
On the 17th of December I could send the amount from Western Union Int. Bank Gmbh located in Aachen, Germany, for the total amount of 1.948.90 Euros, to cover the second part of that big fee:
 
From:  Marco ****
To:  Ismael Adenekan
Amount: Euros  1875 + 73,90 Euros of transaction fee
MTCN: 559-283-3427
Test question: For what
Test answer: Clearance fee
Country: Nigeria

In the meantime I told her to go to the court and ask for a declaration of sums because I was sick and tired of all that situation and of illegal things. The employee of the customs did not lose her job and no prosecution could have been started.

She asked other 250 Euros to pay again the hotel bills and therefore she would have come to the Netherlands. But in that moment I met another girl and told her clearly that I was also sick of everything of all the stress caused by her and her stupid boxes and to let me live my life. She got angry and threatened me to kill herself in the e-mails of January. I asked Mr. Okolo to not send the boxes again and this happened.

And in those e-mails she even told that was damaged and she needed drugs to recover herself and to pay the hospital bills. Under this threat I had to send 250 + 220 Euros again...the payment was made on the 5th of January 2010, under the clear words to receive a dead body. I told her that i would denounce to the police if she would have come to create me even more problems.

From:  Marco ****
To:  John Okolo
Amount: Euros  470 + 17 Euros
MTCN: 413-139-6616
Test question: For what
Test answer: Medical care
Country: Nigeria
 
So on the 6th of January she told she would have come to the Netherlands and stayed in a hotel that I booked as friends. But the scammers invented another issue. I was contacted by Dr. Lekan Williams from County Hospital in Nigeria, via email countyhospitals@rocketmail.com , that a blond girl had an accident in her way to go to the airport and that was in coma and need to urgent operation to save her life. I was contacted on the 11th of January 2010.

Because of my compassion I transferred via Western Union from GMX Travelex located in the railway station of Maastricht, the Netherlands another amount of 470 Euros for the operation to save her life:

From:  Marco ****
To:  Lekan William
Amount: Euros  470 + 17 Euros
MTCN: 413-139-6616
Test question: For what
Test answer: Medical care
Country: Nigeria

The operation was stated as successful but he requested some new money for the rehabilitation of the Miss Laura Powell. But i was out of money and asked him to pay other 390 euros. I could split them in 4 payments from the 1st of February 2010 to the 25th of February 2010.

1)
From:  Marco ****
To:  Lekan William
Amount: Euros  60 + 9,50 Euros
MTCN: 070-207-7323
Test question: For what
Test answer: Medical care
Country: Nigeria

2)
From:  Marco ****
To:  Lekan William
Amount: Euros  60 + 9,50
MTCN: 396-090-7794
Test question: For what
Test answer: Medical  care
Country: Nigeria
 
3)
From:  Marco ****
To:  Lekan William
Amount: Euros  60 + 9,50
MTCN: 329-202-5807
Test question: For what
Test answer: Medical care
Country: Nigeria

4)
From:  Marco ****
To:  Lekan William
Amount: Euros  60 + 9,50
MTCN: 396-090-7794
Test question: For what
Test answer: Medical care
Country: Nigeria

5) 
From:  Marco ****
To:  Lekan William
Amount: Euros  150 + Euros 11
MTCN: 797-240-6040
Test question: For what
Test answer: Medical care
Country: Nigeria

After that , the supposed rehabilitation was ended but after that happened that she contacted again Mr. Okolo, the hotel manager, in order to recover the boxes and come to the Netherlands. Another request was that the police had the boxes with the money and asked for more than 500 Euros. She told me also that in order to recover the boxes they would have to ask for the help of a lawyer, for the amount of almost 2.000 Euros. Plus she told she needed some money to feed herself and wanted other 250 Euros or what i could get.

But in this case I started thinking that this was a real scam so I decided to take time and tell them that I would have asked for a loan, but for 3 times I did not succeed. Once it arrived the e-mail directly from Mr. John Okolo, asking to be merciful that the supposed girl was dying and for this reason i sent her other payment of 50 Euros ( I was really out of money).

From:  Marco ****
To:  John Okolo
Amount: Euros  50 + Euros9,50
MTCN: 707-088-5070
Test question: For what
Test answer: Assistance
Country: Nigeria

The last payment done by me was on the 28th of July 2010. Here she found me on facebook again and started sending me messages threatening me to kill herself again:
 
From:  Marco ****
To:  Sharon Briggs
Amount: Euros  50
MTCN: 707-088-5070
Test question: For what
Test answer: Assistance
Country: Nigeria

This time was sent to Sharon Briggs, an hostel waitress, I wonder.

Well tired of all this situation, I started looking at anti-scam sites and in the end I found in this anti-scam forum the same e-mail I received in September 2009 (this time in German):
 
(((link redacted)))

CONCLUSION:
 
Considering all that happened:
 
        I lived in situation of big stress and in pain for many months;
        I had to live some weeks almost out of money;
        I had to take debts for this, one certified for 7.500 Euros;
        I had been threatened to find a dead body on my door more than once;
        I transferred money for 8.280 Euros to the scammers and 368,90 Euros of commissions via Western Union that are in total 8.648,90 Euros
 
Im asking:
 
1.      That the scammers are going to be investigated at least to avoid they hurt other good people like me in my situation; ( maybe a prosecution)
 
2.      That at least the money transferred will be recovered and sent back to me in order to cancel the loan I had to take with the Rofin Financieringen
 
3.      I would eventually ask also for other 2.500 Euros due to the fact of the time and costs spent to send the money between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany

I strongly hope you can help me in this as I suffered a lot because of them and hope you can solve this issue and bring the situation to the normality. Im an honest citizen and Ive been damaged too much in that period and i would love that you can make justice.

In the meantime I will send the copy of this letter to other frauds departments (Nigeria, USA, Germany) in order that anyone will at least see what they did to me and that you can discover from which places they do criminal activities like this.
 
If you need more information , please do not hesitate to contact me. Im waiting for news from you soon.

Thanks and
best regards,

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AUTHOR: James MK - (USA)

I have heard of naive people being taken in by Nigerian scams but this... wow. All I can say to you is find yourself a girl in your own area code ASAP and let HER handle the finances. Difficult to imagine even a billionaire sending over $10,000 to a girl he's never talked to, let alone a near-broke dude. 
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