Commentary

'Delete' the sure way to defeat a scam

Kiyoko Itoman introduces himself as a legal practitioner in Africa, representing Rev. Fr. Felipe Littawa.

Father Littawa, from the Philippines, supposedly recently died at age 68 but had collected some $2,800,000 to establish churches and or phanages in third world countries

Death claimed him before he could accomplish his goal.

The major it y of the f unds came from "a grant given by the United Nations and other conglomerates."

Now this money is in danger of being misused. Instead of building churches and orphanages as Father Littawa intended, the bank chairman and the board of directors are filing a claim for "unclaimed" funds with the intent of using the money to purchase bombs, guns, and ammunition for "the war in Africa," whatever that means. In the eyes of the attorney, it is politically selfish. So he must work fast and find you to help him steal the funds.

Now you have the picture. You know why the money is available and the importance of getting the money into a safe account in The United States of America.

The offer to you, is to claim the fortune and put it safely into your bank account. It is 30 percent of the $2,800.000, which is $840,000. You must admit that this is a lot of money for little effort on anyone's part.

You must contact Kiyoko Itoman and give him your consent to represent you in this case. You will need to show relationship with the deceased plus the problem of judicial processes involved.

No one's name is mentioned in the letter. The letter opens with "Hello, I decided to contact you."

Itoman then assures you that the offer is 100 percent safe. Itoman says it is "risk free and legal."

This should tell you that you are at high risk and the scam is illegal. Do you get the picture?

At first glance, the uninformed reader might think Kiyoko Itoman knows his name, address, and telephone number.

The fact is, the con artists are phishing for this information. Regrettably, we offer vital information without thinking how it can be used against us.

Interested people are asked to e-mail atty.kiyoko@yahoo.com. (Highly unlikely an attorney will have a yahoo.com business e-mail address.)

Itoman needs your telephone or cell phone number so he can contact you and give you further instruction. The address is given so you will know if you have received the same scam. It is not given for people to use because they could use $840,000.00 for the solicited service.

Hopefully Milam County senior citizens will develop skills to differentiate between fact and fiction. It becomes obvious the more you deal with these criminals, so, watch for these signs.

How is the e-mail addressed? Are you mentioned by name? How was the offer sent? Did the writer use your physical address to send the offer?

Is the so-called opportunity legal or not? Is the offer from a foreign country?

Milam County TRIAD urges caution while dealing with those who might be thieves.

It is difficult to arrest and convict a con artist. Most of us want the crooks behind bars. Unfortunately it is difficult to manage this procedure.

The best thing to do is delete. When you delete a scam, you are the winner.

tedh@alpha1.net


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