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Ethnic African criminal organizations operating out of Thailand

 

02/06/2004

  With the growing African immigrant community in Thailand in recent years it appears traditional African bank fraud schemes are now being set up there in order to evade global filters and provide a more believeable backdrop to their criminal activities.

In the past few months online trade boards have been flooded with the following illegal email.


Company Name: GRUPO GIC INTERNACIONAL SA
Company Type: Consultant
Contact Person: Harry Maleek
Return Email: maleekhy@yahoo.com
Contact Phone No: +66-5166-0508
Country: Thailand
Details of their enquiry:
,
IT IS MY PLEASURE IN CONTACTING YOU FOR THIS MUTUAL AND PROFITABLE
VENTURE.

I AM DISPOSING A THE SUM OF US$10,MIILION DOLLARS WHICH I WISH TO
INVEST IN YOUR COMPANY EITHER AS A SHARE HOLDER OR JOINT VENTURE
(PARTNERSHIP) WITH HOPE THAT WE CAN DO A LONG TERM BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR ESTEEM FIRM.

IF YOU ARE WILLING AND READY TO WORK WITH ME,DO NOT HASITATE TO REPLY ME WITH YOUR QUESTIONERIES IMMEDIATELY YOU ACCESS THIS MAIL OR CALL ME ON MY PHONE NUMBER.

I WILL NOT FAIL TO INFORM YOU THAT I HAVE NO TRADING OR INDUSTRIAL
IDEA,AND TO PROTECT MY FUND,I HAVE THE INTENSION IN WORKING WITH A
TRUSTWHORTHY AND GENUINE COMPANY ( WITH A GOOD REPUTATION )PRIOR TO AVOID MAKING A STUPID MISTAKE.

WITH ACCEPTANCE OF MY PROPOSAL IT IS MANDATORY OF YOU TO SIGN A MEMORANDOM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR A LONG-TERM PERIOD OF INVESTMENT.AFTER THIS YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE POWRE OF ATTORNEY OVER A SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY AND THIS WILL LEAD US TO A LIFE-PRTNER RELATIONSHIP.

HOPING FOR YOUR POSITIVE AND RAPID RESPONCE.
BEST REGARDS,
MALEEK HARRY.

+66-5166-0508

This is a typical 419 bank fraud scam, we are doing our best to filter these and other criminal messages from our networks.

here are some IP data regarding these criminals
IP Address: 203.144.143.102 X Forwarded For: 202.176.107.34
Host: ppp-203.144.143.102.revip.asianet.co.th Port: 25373
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)

here is another similar message which is being used by the same groups of people in thailand


Contact Person: mr donnell
Return Email: donnellmark@yahoo.com
Phone: +6659102311
Country: Thailand
Company Type: Consultant
Message: ,

Compliments of the day, before I proceed, I must be grateful to introduce myself. I am mr donnell a cityzen of sourthen america, prior to the time of crisis which is presently on and I got your contact from a directory I have just acquired.
Due to my position, I have been able to come away with a reasonable sum of money and I have the tendency to invest this money in a company with good line of products like your own company and with potential for a good capital returns.
Since your country is one of the good investor friendly nations in the world, I have decieded to live and run business over there I would therefore like you to help me in every possible way in securing this money in your country.
Furthermore I will like you to assist me in finding a good business that I will invest this fund. However upon acceptance, you will be required to come to Bangkok-Thailand for a meeting. This will enable us to know ourselves better and finalize arrangement towards moving this fund to your country.
In view of your participation, I am ready to give you a good negotiation percentage for your assistance or better still commit it into a joint venture project. Be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the fund belongs to me only. As soon as I get your consent, I will quickly move this fund to your country and finally move my family over there as well.
I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this and other business ventures will derive a huge success hereafter. If you have any question do not hesitate to include same in your reply.
Best regards
Mr. donnell

Mon, 18 Apr 2005 23:31:36 +1000
IP Address: 210.86.146.123 X Forwarded For:
Host: Port: 15543
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98; Win 9x 4.90)
Honest country location TH



The "cityzen of sourthen america"- reference is a diversion away from the widespread knowledge online of similar type letters with an African reference, in fact on further investigation it turns out to be from ethnic African crime groups based in Thailand. These international criminal organizations are also intertwined with the international heroin traffic industry which is also managed locally.
 

 

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