The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is
warning Muslims in Florida and California about a con artist who seeks
money by impersonating well-known personalities in the Muslim world.
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.
Today CAIR received a report from a Muslim institution in Florida that
stated: “Our Imam knew immediately that we were dealing with the impostors
due to the email information from CAIR about similar incidents that
happened in other cities.”
A person using this same con game was arrested in Canada two years ago (see
alert 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:
FOR BACKGROUND, SEE THE FOLLOWING 2002 ARTICLE AND CAIR ALERT:
CON-ARTIST WHO DEFRAUDED MUSLIMS CAUGHT