J.P. wrote to the agency:
I believe that I am the victim of a fraud attempt.
On January 9th 2008, I was contacted by e-mail by a man calling himself Bob Freebury from Orchard Vale Trust. I am a member a translation service and I was contacted for a translation contract which I accepted and completed. Since this was for a charitable organization, we agreed that one of their "donors" would send me a certified cheque for the amount that I quoted for the translation.
I received the latest email this morning and apparently one of the "donors" has sent me a payment for $3800 which exceeds my fee and I'm to contact them once I get it so that they can tell me how to send back the balance. Obviously I'm not going to do that but I don't know what to do from here...
p.p.s. Orchard Vale Trust is an actual charitable organization - please see
The scam involves sending out a stolen or false cheque in the hope that the victim will send the excess back to the scammer before his/her bank bounces the bad cheque.
J.P.'s agency replied:
We're sorry about this bad experience. You were victim of a Nigerian scam. We've already sent 6 newsletters about these swindlers.
As you've seen in the header, this message came from the following IP: 220.127.116.11. If you use Traceroute, you're able to know this message came from a nigerian server which ALWAYS means swindler and crook.
descr: Starcomms Ltd. RESERVED Nigeria
source: RIPE # Filtered
This "Bob Freebury" is a well-known nigerian crook. As he know he'll never be caught by local authorities, he uses this name since 2 years at least...