Is www.asarechambers.com or Dr Martins Asare, Attorney in Accra Ghana a scam? Is he linked to Mark Dixon, Off-shore engineer?
Hello and thank you for your question, which I will be happy to assist you with. Please let me know what is this attorney asking you to do?
Dr Martins Asare contacted me on behalf of Mr Mark Dixon, an off-shore engineer
and what does he want from you?
Dr Asare apparently was appointed 10 years ago to take care of trust money to the value ofUSD10million, which was a legacy of Mr Dixon's late father. The will of Mr Dixon senior stipulated that USD4million had to be invested in education for less privileged children in Africa. I was requested by Mr Dixon jnr to investigate and manage the education project in SA, since I have an interest in upliftment of the poor, and has a reputable track record as a lecturer. Before the trust money could be released, an amountof USD6000 was requested from me to be paid to the Dept of Juctise in Accra Ghana. I am not able or willing to do this. Earlier this week when I checked Dr Asare's website - www.asarechambers.com, it seemed above board...Today it says "under construction". Dr Asare this afternoon sent me a signed and seemingly official "Guarantee" from the Accra Justice Department...Mark Dixon is currently working on an oil rig off the shore of Hull, and has made romantic passes at me. I have already transferred USD50000 to him due to an accident that had occurred on the rig...I want to know if Mark Dixon and Dr Asare are conniving together in a scam, and if so what am I to do to try and rcover my money
if you wish me to send u a copy of the "Guarantee" from Dr Asare, then please send me your email address?
Shall I stay online and wait for your response?
Additional information that might be useful: I have a copy of a Letter of Appointmet of Mark Dixon for the work on the rig. The company that appointed him confirmed the conditions of the contract on a letterhead, as follows:
HESS,Level 9, The Adelphi Building1-11 XXXX XXXXX Street, London, WC2N 6AG, UK
Thanks for your patience. Looking at the details of the website this domain is actually not registered to anyone, which means that it is a free website that is available for anyone to purchase and use. As such the website that you say you looked at in the past no longer exists.
I then checked with the Ghana Bar Register and looked at its list of members in good standing. There is no one with the name of Martins Asare registered to be a practising lawyer with them so the name you have been given is not that of a real attorney in Ghana.
Finally, there is a real company with the name of HESS Ltd registered in the UK at the address given but there is no guarantee whatsoever that they are actually the ones that sent you the document. You may wish to try and contact them on +44-20-7331-3000 to find out if they are in any way involved in this matter.
Finally, this whole scenario is highly indicative of a scam, known as advance fee fraud. This is where you are promised a large reward for sending money in advance. Another variation is the romance scam where you become romantically involved with a person online and they ask you for money (the unfortunate accident scenario is commonly used). A very comprehensive list of previously used reasons can be found here: http://romancescams.org/TypesOfScams.html.
I would say with almost 100% certainty that this is also a scam and that you have been duped. In terms of recovering money I must honestly say that it is very difficult, and almost impossible to recover anything. These people are extremely difficult to trace as they use internet cafes and are not based at one permanent location. Also the methods that you have used to transfer money are unlikely to offer any fraud protection (you only potentially get that if you paid by credit card).
If you wish to report this as a scam, you can do so in a number of ways:
However, none of these organizations will actually go and get your money for you and I stress again that it is unfortunately very rare for anyone that has been the victim of such scams to recover their losses.
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once the scammer or fraudster has been identified by examiners, there are no ways to follow-up or sue the culprits. hence the network of international scammers grows by the day, and victimes remain just that - victims.