Has someone offered you a huge sum of money or a valuable consignment? It's a 419 or advance fee fraud - find out how they work, and what to do to be safe.
#88578 by Samantha Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:14 pm
This is a common and extremely dangerous scam.

The scammer tells the victim he has a huge sum of money in currency, but that it has been dyed black (or some other color) to disguise it so it can be snuck through customs or otherwise evade detection. The scammer offers to share it with the victim if the victim will pay for the chemicals needed to "clean" the money. Or, the scammer may offer the fake cash at pennies on the dollar if the victim is willing to deal with the job of "cleaning" it. Either way, there is no real cash.

The danger of this scam is that the victim will be invited to visit the scammer in person to see a demonstration of the money being cleaned. This is just sleight of hand, a magician's trick, and there is no cleaning process involved. A real piece of paper currency will be produced, and if the victim seems particularly promising he may even be allowed to keep it as "proof." But in reality, aside from the demonstration piece, there is no money at all. The trunk box or other container is simply filled with colored paper cut to size to resemble currency.

Please note that visiting a scammer in person is extremely dangerous! Victims have been kidnapped or killed.

There are many websites and Youtube videos online now which offer to sell the chemicals purported to be needed to "clean" black money. These are set up by scammers hoping to ensnare victims already caught up by such scams but who do not have enough money to buy the needed "chemicals" from the original scammer, or where the victim is searching for alternative sources of the bogus fluids.

Scammers' Youtube videos appear to show the effectiveness of their potions and powders. There is even a "washing machine" shown in one clip, into which goes black money and out of which comes cleaned cash. This is again merely trick photography or sleight of hand.

For more detailed information on these scams please read this Wikipedia link.

To see pictures used by wash-wash scammers in emails and on websites, please read this Scamwarners post.

#89083 by vonpaso xlura Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:27 pm
Here is a list of buzzwords used in the black money scam:

vectrol, vetrol, vectoral
cosevic, cosovex
tebi-manetic, tebi-matonic, tebi-metonic, tabi-magnetic (and other misspellings thereof)
SSD solution
activating powder
TTZ universal
zuta s4
castrox oxide

There is no such chemical as any of them. Most are meaningless; a tebi-metonic cycle is an extremely long time unit.

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#89731 by began steele Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:35 am
A search on site for "FLUID" (such as in genticide fluid) will expose another batch of fictional cleaning materials for gold etc. Any of these will occur in this scam as well and of course vice versa.

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