First of all I am so sorry that this happened to you.
Being scammed hurts and being scammed by someone impersonating
a fellow ham hurts triple worse.
This guy is shameless and I can only hope that somebody over there will nail him for mail fraud.Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but
NOTHING at all is going to happen with your case until YOU file a report as a fraud victim.
Sorry to sound blunt, but that's the facts. You gotta be proactive.
I would start out by filing a formal fraud complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
You can Google it. It is a joint task force operated by the FBI, the Dept of Justice, and
a couple other Fed law enforcement agencies. They will want all of your email correspondence with this guy including his incoming emails with the complete headers so they can extract and hopefully trace his ISP Address. You WILL be adding to IC3's database of known scammer ISP's. This could
come in as valuable evidence if they ever catch this guy. And you may prevent some other fellow
from being robbed.You
can also extract and trace this guy's ISP Addy by yourself from the complete header of an incoming email of his. If you don't know how to do this, either research it on the Net or contact me at my QRZ email and I will help you.
In all fairness to our fellow hams across the pond, they are being victimized in ever increasing numbers, far more than ANY other nation, by this scam modality of "spoofing" or "borrowing" a
callsign, then inventing a likely sounding free email account for that callsign. It's super easy to do.
Anyone, anywhere (West Africa?) can sign up for a freemail account like "G5XYZ@yahoo.co.uk".
Even a phone number for a UK ham can be spoofed.
If you ask and get one that starts 0-44-70x
, that "70x" is a cell phone redirect
that could go anywhere, even out of the UK.
West African scammers use it all the time.
Also be aware that funds sent Western Union or Moneygram, even directed to "Joe Smith,
Liverpool, England, UK" can be picked up virtually ANYWHERE as long as the scammer has
the MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number). As for the receiving WU or MG Agent asking for proper
ID from the receiver, that is a joke a 10 spot can take care of, especially when the MG
"office" is in a mom and pop liquor store in an economically depressed area. Heck, many of these
"satelite" WU and MG "offices" in stores and markets are IN ON the scams.
I would also contact "firstname.lastname@example.org
" and tell them all about it, and forward the scammer's
emails when asked. Using an email to run scams violates the "Terms of Service Agreement" and
they will close down his account. Though you might want to contact IC3 before you do this. Up to you.
Of course he can get another free email addy in 30 seconds,but it may cause him to wonder.
More importantly, he might have important (to him) info in that account he would lose
if they shut it down. (His other email addy's and passwords, other victim's correspondence, even incoming money transfer numbers he's waiting on)
Again, so sorry to hear about your experience.
Let me know if I can help tracing the ISP Addy of the scammer,
if only for your peace of mind that it did or did not originate in the UK.
73, Ken AD6KA