This is the story on which the character Fritz von Butz in the original Black Books was based.
An associate, contrary to our sound advice, went for a passport offer that was TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. A Greek back door no pun intended on our part, but maybe on the providers? passport program for US$8,000.
He lost US$80,000 since there was a minimum requirement of ten orders to secure the ‘product’ at that price. 50% upfront, and the balance upon receipt of ’scanned’ copies.
“The Greek Government has announced that as of 31 December 2006 Greek passports issued before 1 January 2006 are no longer valid, regardless of the date of expiry. As of 1 January 2007, only Greek passports issued on and after 1 January 2006 are acceptable for travel.”
That’s because there were lots of scammy Greek passports around. But there is no evidence that this scam EVER involved ANY real Greek passports.
Naturally, anyone with half a brain can use Photoshop, Adobe or any similar photo editing program and edit a plausible passport that looks REAL! Upon receipt of the scanned copies, off went the balance; the associate’s money grew wings and disappeared forever.
The sad part about this is that we WARNED HIM AGAINST DOING THIS! Why don’t people take our advice?
The name used for the above fraud? Dr. Andrew Weber, aka Dr. Georg Adem, aka the following websites, are known to be scams:
Our associate is no idiot and is savvy to the ways of the world. Since he is an honest provider, he’ll make good on the refunds from the ten customers who ordered from him.
So if a world-wide offshore provider can be taken to the cleaners, what chance do you have?
A DAMN GOOD chance of NOT being ripped off if you follow the advice herein Grandpa’s Missives!
Please read the e-mail below from yet another person who was ripped off by German Dr. Georg Adem. We have several other mails with copies of bank wires stating they have been defrauded by person or persons listed on this page. Do govern yourself accordingly.
Dear XXX: I would like to bring to your attention another of Dr. Georg Adem scams, //www.visapassports.com which managed to rip me of $160,000 dollars. Following the money trail, I found out they use:
- BANK NAME: ABN-AMRO BANK
- BANK ADDRESS: SITTARD, THE NETHERLANDS
- SWIFT#: ABNANL2R
- BENEFICIARY’S NAME: IS WARE TRADING B.V.
- BENEFICIARY’S ADDRESS: SITTARD, THE NETHERLANDS
- BENEFICIARY’S ACCOUNT #: 62.56.08.348
- REFERENCE: 111478
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