Jenny – Dec 16, 2020
Victim Location 08081
Total money lost $3,000
Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan
I have been seeking $10MM in funding for a major business project. I have sent out numerous inquiries to prospective lenders and funders. This scammer contacted me and after some conversation I sent over my project proposal and business plan. He asked for 1% of the loan proceeds upfront , which would total $100K. I told him I did not have that amount and he said that we can start with a nominal amount of $300K funding for $3,000. The remainder would be funded later and no loan processing fees. I wired the $3K and was immediately met with problems on their end in sending the agreed upon amount. Long story short, I never received funding of any amount and soon afterwards, no one answered the phone or responded to email or text. The individual went by the name of ‘Scott Garganious’ and he is African. I believe this is a Nigerian Scam, but at the very least an African scam.
If seeking loan funds, never send money in advance and if they speak with a heavy accent ,it is an African Scam. Please be aware.