Company denies scam connection

A HUGE African-based gold mining company whose letterhead has been used in the latest scam letter sent to some Tweed residents has disassociated itself from both the letters and the “doctor” who supposedly wrote them.

Earlier this week it was revealed AngloGold Ashanti, which is headquartered in Johannesburg, had its letterhead used in a scam letter received by a retired Tweed businessman.

The letter offered him 30 percent of a $65 million deal if the money was transferred through his bank account.

Former joinery owner and department store keeper Adrian Bryant was not so stunned by the usual format of the scam letter as the letterhead on top of it.

The letter was also signed by a “Dr William Imoko” who went on to describe himself as associated with the “contract awarding committee” of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.

AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Julia Schoeman said in an email to the Tweed Daily News the company could “confirm that neither this letter, nor its writer is in any way affiliated with our company”.

“The use of our company's name and brand in the letterhead was not sanctioned by us and Dr Imoko does not work for the company,” she said.

AngloGold Ashanti is a stock exchange-listed company which in 2007 was responsible for an estimated seven per cent of global gold production, making it the third-largest gold producer in the world.

In the letter “Dr Imoko” wrote: “I would like to transfer this money into your personal or company account anywhere in the world for safe keeping pending our arrival in your country for the sharing of the fund.”

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission such money transfer scams ask victims to help pay transfer fees or give them bank account details, but the promised funds never appear.

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