People Alerted of E-mail Scam Offering Visas
In Abu Dhabi (UAE), diplomatic missions and the police have alerted people about an e-mail circulating on the Internet that is presenting travel visas to anybody for any place.
The scam e-mail originates from London where "Kenny Lang Visa Consultant" states that anyone can obtain a visa within 14 days but for a fee amounting to several thousand dollars that must be remitted to the Lang office.
The e-mail states that it will cost $6,500 to get a travel visa for Canada and $4,500 for visas for Great Britain or 25 other European countries.
To know how genuine the claim is, reporters from Khaleej Times, a news site in the UAE, sent an e-mail to the Lang office to which they received a reply with the alleged signature of Kenny Lang, describing himself as a barrister in London.
The reply says that the Lang Consultant would get visa seekers (here the reporters) a 2-year multiple visa for Australia in 14 days for which a price of $5,500 must be paid. Further, the requirements for the visa are active international passport, embassy documents or $350 as booking fee and 4 passport-sized photos, the reply e-mail outlines, as reported by GBN on July 29, 2009.
The e-mail reply further states that the visa seekers might either visit the Consultant's office in China or send their passport photos and international passport via DHL. No interview is necessary. Thereafter, the e-mail touts that Lang Consultant has been running successfully for 18 years, and that clients can be assured of getting their visa within the stipulated period.
However, suspicions were raised when grammatical mistakes were found in the advertisements that Lang posted on different websites since January 2009. The alleged Consultant even provides an official address as 42 Gainsborough, London E15-3AG.
Security specialists state that the e-mail might be from Ghana as the place is known for several recent Internet scams. Moreover, it is further understood that certain other nations' inhabitants could be basing their malicious activities in Ghana for cheating unwitting people off their cash.
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