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Hi, I met an English/Australian (William Avery) guy on line

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Hi, I met an English/Australian (William Avery) guy on line who claims to be on the Atwood Hunter off Ghana in the Jubilee Oil Fields. We have been chatting a few months and he asked me to take in a parcel for him. Now a Mr Stanley McGiven from the so call UK Border Agency and a Diplomat Alhaji Asaf Sayed have been contacting me. They have asked me to top up mobile number and also to send money to Felix Knight in Ghana to pass to the Syrian Diplomat. Another scam?

For what purpose does this person say that you need to transfer this money?

Kind regards

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

So this parcel can be released from UK Border Agency and to pay Diplomat


Right, but what has that got to do with you and what do they say that you would get out of it?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

That he is offshore on the rig Atwood Hunter and cannot access his bank. He wants us to be together when he returns as retiring at end of the year. He is on line now pushing me to make the payment.


Have you actually met him in person?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No, he sends pictures of him and his son, but that could be anyone.


Thanks for your patience.

I would steer well clear. The simplest explanation in these situations tends to be the correct one: it is most likely a scam.

There are many scams like this which originate from the internet. There is no earthly reason why the UKBA should be holding documents for release to a diplomat. It’s simply not what the UKBA do, they are there to regulate immigration in to the UK. They are not there to deal with suspicious release of documents to diplomats.

Frankly, I would end the correspondence there or tell them that you will not be releasing any money to them or get involved in any way in picking the package up. Say you have to protect yourself and if they need assistance then they should instruct a solicitor or lawyer to deal with whatever (highly suspicious) matter they are asking you to deal with.

It’s a common form of scam. I would be ASTONISHED if this was not a scam.

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