Today gunmen in Timbuktu, Mali have kidnapped three Europeans and killed the fourth one who tried to resist. The fourth one killed was German national. Yesterday two French nationals were kidnapped in the same remote region. The attackers paid off the security forces put up roadblocks and set off in pursuit. Europeans and other nationals are lured by phishing emails to get attracted to buy cheap Gold and Diamond in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Fasso, Ghana, Niger, Mauritania, Ivory Cost, Sierra Leone, Cameron and Senegal. Buyers often fall into such traps and easily get convinced by fake documents submitted to them by scammers in west Africa. The scammers in west Africa will also phone the buyers in their respective countries and speak at length in order to convince the buyers that they are real.
Last year there has been reported at least 8 kidnappings in Mali and several others in other west african countries and these kidnappings were all in the sake of selling cheap gold dust / gold dory bars and rough diamonds.
We have warned readers across several times through our blog to beware of such scammers. Some of our regular readers who have been valuable contributors have also been adding some process and procedures which they have gained through years of experience.
Last week two French geologists who had been near the border of Burkina Fasso were kidnapped and there is no trace of them. In these countries there is a huge conflict on the natural resources and unstable government. Law and order is at its least and government officials can be paid by these scammers in order to avoid any punishment. Once you land in these countries, security is a big concern and if you are carrying cash and valuables you can only be saved by God, but in this matter even God can’t do much.
BEWARE IF YOU HAVE LIFE YOU CAN LIVE AND EARN YOUR LIVING DONT FALL FOR SCAMMERS.