Of crooks impersonating Samuel Etoo in a scam to works of art - The Point

If you are offers african art works certified by Unesco, the united Nations Organization for education, science and culture, attention : there could well be a s

Of crooks impersonating Samuel Etoo in a scam to works of art - The Point

If you are offers african art works certified by Unesco, the united Nations Organization for education, science and culture, attention : there could well be a scam, especially if the works in question are proposed to you by the footballer Samuel eto'o... 20 Minutes reported Wednesday the 1st of July the alert of the agency of the united Nations concerning a scam well-established, which have already helped to divert approximately one million euros. Thirty reports have been made during the last twelve months.

The log details the testimony of a person who has been taken. It all started when Samuel eto'o, the name of the famous football cameroon, sends him an invitation on Facebook, that she accepts, as her son is a football fan. There followed days of conversation. The scammer offers to be the intermediary for the purchase of objects of art in africa. Phone call, photos, videos, certificate of the Unesco... everything is good to make the scam more true to nature. The scammers ask for in return of money more important to the French. 6 400 € are gone up in smoke. It is the certification Unesco, which has put a flea in the ear.

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Three "fake" Samuel eto'o arrested

"We want to remind that Unesco never intervenes in the trade of private collections, neither as an intermediary nor as a certifying officer," said a 20-Minute, Cédric Bourgeois, head of the investigative unit at Unesco. According to Anne-Sophie Coulbois, of the central Office for the repression of the great financial delinquency, the crooks are organized and many. The scenarios are adapted according to the victims. "And they know very well that the stamp of an official organization such as Unesco on a paper to help convince them ", she says. It is in Africa that are the scammers : three people who are pretending to be Samuel eto'o have been arrested in Cameroon in mid-June.

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Updated Date: 01 July 2020, 06:33

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