Scam Alert

Jan 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Spotlight

The Tow Times office has received a scam email that is currently circulating in various forms. The scam usually involves a request to transport expensive vehicles from an airport facility in the area of the person who is contacted. Towing companies across the country have been targeted through this activity. The goal of the scammers is to have towing companies send money to them in order to pay “fees” necessary to release vehicles, money, etc. Sometimes the scammers produce bogus or stolen credit card numbers, addresses, callback numbers, etc., in order to make the scam appear legitimate.

As always, Tow Times recommends that towing companies use caution in dealing with these emails that request upfront funds from the tower in an arrangement that sounds “too good to be true.”

This particular email request involves proposed boxes containing millions of dollars in cash. The email reads as follows — the grammar and spelling has been left as received:

MR Charles Williams

INSPECTION UNIT

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hi,

I am Mr Charles Williams Director Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection Agent in Heartfield International Airport Atlanta Georgia . During our investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from United Kingdom under iship forwarder was transferred from JF Kennedy Airport to our facility here in Atlanta and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg each. The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent also the Diplomat inability to pay for Non Inspection Fees.

On my assumption, each of the boxes will contain more that $3 to $4M each and the consignment is still left in storage house till today through a registered shipping Company, Courier Dispatch Service Limited a division of Tran guard LTD. The Consignment they are two metal box with weight of about 110kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective capacity: 680 L.)Approximately,

The details of the consignment including your name the official document from United Nation office in London are tagged on the Metal Trunk box.

Provide your Phone Number full address, name of nearest Airport around and other details or disregard. You can send the required details to me for onward delivery.

All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can get everything concluded within 3-6 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery. But I must get assurance from you concerning my 50% before I will proceed.

I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the shippers have abandoned it and ran away. I will pay for the Non inspection fee and arrange for the boxes to be moved out of this Airport to your address, once we are through I will deploy the services of a secured shipping Company geared to provide the security it needs to your doorstep. Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble. But I will share it 50% to you and 50% to me. But you have to assure me of my 50%. If you agreed with my condition,Below are my direct telephone numbers and i wait to hear from you

MR Charles Williams

INSPECTION OFFICER