BEWARE OF E-MAILS PROMISING MONEY, SAYS PALAU MINISTRY

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KOROR, Palau (May 30, 2002 - Palau Horizon/PINA Nius Online)---E-mails sent to people in Palau have asked for assistance in transferring large sums of money but the Ministry of Justice has warned: Don't reply. These are not legitimate.

One e-mail claims to be from "Lt. Col. Kabongo Lokomboh, a former chief security officer for the late President Lauren Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Another claims to be from "Roy Adams," a top government official who has a contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

Yet another claims to be from "Abdul Koroma," son of ³the late Chief Dantata Koroma" of Sierra Leone. The headings of the e-mails say "confidential business proposal," "business" and "I need your urgent help."

These are not legitimate, according to Palau’s Ministry of Justice. "Do not submit credit card numbers, bank account or other confidential information to anyone whom you do not know or trust.

"If you have already submitted bank account or credit card information to anyone whom you do not know or do not trust, close your account or cancel your credit card."

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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