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LOS ANGELES—A Nigerian national who operated a money-transfer business in Chino has been sentenced to 97 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that bilked hundreds of victims out of more than $1.5 million in a scam that had schemers sending bogus checks to victims and falsely telling them they had won a sweepstakes or another lie to induce them to negotiate the fraudulent checks.
 
 If you receive an email or a letter like this:
•Forward it to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov . Or call 877-382-4357.
•Do not reply, even if you are hoping to trap the senders.
•Be skeptical of anyone who calls, e-mails or sends a letter asks for your help in moving money out of a foreign country, or who claims you have won a foreign lottery.
•If you have lost money by replying to these emails, call U.S. Secret Service South Florida field offices at 305-863-5000 or 561-659-0184.
These cases are classified by the Federal Trade Commission as “foreign money offers,” the fifth most common type of fraud reported by Floridians.
 
  Counterfeit Cashier’s Check;
The counterfeit cashier’s check scheme targets individuals that use Internet classified advertisements to sell merchandise. Typically, an interested party located outside the United States contacts a seller. The seller is told that the buyer has an associate in the United States that owes him money. As such, he will have the associate send the seller a cashier’s check for the amount owed to the buyer.  If you believe you may have fallen victim to this type of scam and wish to report it, file a complaint with IC3 which is linked to the FBI.
 
  Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com
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