(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is warning Muslims in Michigan and Pennsylvania about a con artist who seeks money by impersonating well-known personalities in the Muslim world. (Muslims in a number of other states have also been targeted recently.)
The con artist calls Muslim individuals and groups pretending to be with a respected Islamic institution. He claims that he and others are coming to visit the United States. Later, he calls back, claiming to have lost his money, tickets or passport and asks for emergency cash to be wired to him at Western Union or a similar facility.
A person using this same con game was arrested in Canada two years ago (see article below), but was later released. NOTE: The impostor may use many variations of this scam.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS REQUESTED:
1. Please ANNOUNCE AT JUMA'A and other functions - several hundred Muslims have been targeted in the past.
2. DO NOT wire money to anyone claiming to be stranded in an airport.
3. REPORT requests for money to CAIR, the local office of the FBI (ask for a fraud investigator) and to local police. Obtain a copy of the complaint.
4. If you have already been a victim, send copies of wire transfer documents to CAIR so that a case can be built against this man. (FAX: 202-488-0833)
FOR BACKGROUND, SEE THE FOLLOWING CAIR ALERT:
CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=125&page=AA