Arthur Howard on LinkedIn.
(Using model Jay Laisne's pictures)
Gmail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Says he's a marine engineer.he got a contract to work on a ship, wife died in car accident several years ago, raising 2 children. Now he's asking for money, but not directly.
He ended up going to a different country and when stopped by security at the airport,his wallet got lost/stolen at the airport
You see, his machine overheated, he's in the middle east on a contract, so he hasn't fixed anything with his bank and can't until he returns to the U.S. and he needs to buy a new one before he can leave.
He needs assistance getting money out from the place he's invested. Then his machine broke down and he needed assistance getting $$ from his investment account. I told him I'd help with that. He wanted me to put my bank account number into the form sent…DO NOT DO.. EVER
https://gpfinancing.com/ **(A FAKE WEBSITE MADE TO BE PART OF THE SCAM**
Namecheap.com It mentions you on Whois? Then also Orange so not sure if you can help with this one?
The website looks legit right? **WRONG**!
Well, none of the numbers are valid and the "agent" that is assisting with the transaction goes by the email email@example.com.
The only payments they will accept since I refused to put my bank info into the form is Bitcoin or razer gold gift cards. There is no option to pay with a verify card and no online portal to make the transaction...
➡️FINALLY WORDS FROM THE VICTIM HERSELF.
Then he had me go to this website. Against my better judgement, I had faith in him even though the website put up some red flags such as it was the template and the verbage was verbatim from the template along with the images.
That's also likely why the phone numbers didn't work either. And then the "contact person" for the website contacted me and the email address was firstname.lastname@example.org
I know I should have known better, but she said a payment of 2% was needed to authorize the withdrawal. Arthur had even given me the login info for this investment account so I could tell him the balance (the password was also really easy and who does that if they have $300k+ in an account for someone they've never met in person)?
I really wanted to believe in him and have faith though, so against my better judgement, I tried to do as the agent wanted and buy Bitcoin.
Well that didn't work very well, so she requested Razer Gold gift cards to purchase Bitcoin.
➡️Once I sent $$ over for this, the next step became that a hard token code was required for withdrawal of the funds. Again, not sure why this is the method when something like 2 factor authentication seems more secure. Anyway, Arthur told me he looked all over and couldn't find the device and that the last time he saw it was in his wallet.
Well, I emailed the agent and she said it would cost $4800 to purchase a new hard token device. I told him I didn't have the money to find that, but he kept begging me.
He told me the company wasn't giving him or his workers food, just dry bread and he was getting weaker each day.
I haven't given any of the $4800, but at the same time, I wish I knew if this is just a regular normal guy that's down on his luck and maybe what he's saying is true, but then I'm going to feel awful for not getting him the money to him so he can get the machine and his workers and him can complete the job they are supposed to do
➡️THIS VICTIM ADVISED AND IS GETTING OUT OF THE SCAM⬅️