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Con Artist Targets Muslims in Belgium

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is
warning Muslims in Europe and elsewhere about a con artist who seeks money
by impersonating well-known personalities in the Muslim world. (Muslims in
the United States and Canada 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

TO VIEW A PHOTO OF THE ALLEGED CON ARTIST, GO TO:
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/conartist.pdf

 

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