This looks suspicious. Although I do conduct business in South Africa and do expect a wire, this seems odd: the address shown on the letter which was attached to the email is actually in KY, not NY state in the United States (using the Zip code on the letter for an address search shows this), and at the address in KY, a company with the same name as in the email does exist, but appears to be a mailing company and they do not seem to be related. From doing a little research, it seems that the web page is an almost identical copy of a company's UK web page, but with a different domain: www.clearing-house.net/
being the UK web page and www.intclearinghouse.us.tc/
being the one that has approached me. This is really worrisome, as they have a lot of the relevant information about me and my business. Any thoughts?
The email I received with its attachment are shown below:
The American International Clearing House
2201 Plant side Drive, Louisville, NY 40299
United States of America,
Tel: 00(1) 646-452-9457
Fax: 00(1) 646-786-4950
Date: April 2012.
Your total funds of US$ x,500,000.00 (xx Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only has arrived today from South Africa for final credit into your bank account, open below attached letter.
Mr. Rick Leander.
Head, International Clearing House
--- Disclaimer --- The information in this mail is confidential and is intended solely for addressee. Access to this mail by anyone else is unauthorized. Copying or further distribution beyond the original recipient may be unlawful. Any opinion expressed in this mail is that of sender and does not necessarily reflect that of American Clearance House group. ---
Attached Letter Reads:
The American International Clearing House 2201 Plant Side Drive, Louisville, NY 40299 USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: (646) 452 9457 Fax: (646) 786 4950
RE-BENEFICIARY OF US$xx, 500,000.00(xx MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) ONLY RECEIVED TODAY FROM DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE SOUTH AFRICA.
TO: _________ (BENEFICIARY) ___________ U.S.A FUNDS VERIFICATION CODE (xxxxx)
IN RESPECT TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED AMOUNT WE RECEIVED TODAY WHICH WAS BEEN TRANSFERRED FROM DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE SOUTH AFRICA. THE AMOUNT IS CURRENTLY BEEN HELD WITH US FOR VERIFICATION AND CLEARANCE.
IN LINE WITH OUR SECURITY MEASURES AND ALLIED ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS, YOUR FUNDS HAS BEEN INVESTIGATED BY THE BOARD AND YOU ARE TO PRESENT TO US THE ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONEY LAUNDERY CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE FROM SOUTH AFRICA THE FUNDS ORIGIN BEFORE WE CAN FINALLY CREDIT YOUR FUNDS INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.
THE AMERICAN CLEARING HOUSE CONTROLS ALL THE INTERNATIONAL CURRENCIES AND AS WELL AS ALL THE MONETORY TRANSACTIONS. KINDLY INFORM US AS SOON AS YOU HAVE THE TWO FUNDS CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES FROM SOUTH AFRICA. TO CONFIRM YOUR FUNDS WITH US, GO TO OUR WEBSITE (www.intclearinghouse.us.tc
) CLICK LOGIN AND TYPE THIS BELOW VERIFICATION CODE # (xxxxx). WE CAN AS WELL ASSIST YOU TO GET THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES THROUGH OUR AFFILIATE OFFICE IN SOUTH AFRICA.
MR. RICK LEANDER. HEAD: AMERICAN CLEARING HOUSE.
Directors/Direkteure: R. Leander (Chairman/Voorsitter) M. W. King. (Vice Chairman/voorsitter) V. W. Bartlett (Managing Director/Bestuurderde Direkteur) J A Barrow, Ruth Andrews, D. G. K. Fish, E. P. Gush, Prof K Jowell, M. E. King, H. C. John, E. Molobi, M. C. Ramaphosa, R. B. Savage, P. M. Searle, Hon. Ed J. H. Steyn PCH ThompsonA. S. Vaned, L. S. van Zyl, R.A. Williams, P. G. A. Wrignton