Bulgarian Scammers Said to Use Late Steve Jobs for Fraud

Crime | November 20, 2011, Sunday // 20:44
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Scammers Said to Use Late Steve Jobs for Fraud The late Steve Jobs image used on the bogus website.

A Bulgaria-linked bogus electronics company claiming to be based in Moray has listed the late Apple boss Steve Jobs amongst its employees as part of an online scam, a Scottish site has reported.

According to Electronics Links' website, the company operates out of Nova House at Enterprise Park, Forres, and offers consumer electronic goods such as Apple's iPad and iPhone along with an impressive array of high-end digital SLR cameras.

However, visitors to the site, whose suspicions may have been raised by the poor English, should be given greater cause for concern by an image of the late Apple boss claiming him to be employee 'Mr Steve Chirag Chamoli'.

Other members of staff listed on the website include Peter Oppenheimer, a senior vice-president and chief financial officer at Apple, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and the CEO of North American communications giant Verizon, Ivan Seideberg.

The website claims to be that of Scotland Electronics International Ltd, a genuine company based at Nova House producing quality electronic solutions for Nuclear, Particle Research and Oil and Gas companies.

A spokesman for that company confirmed that they were aware of the website and had reported it to the police.

The site also claims to operate under the licence of Moray Council, guaranteeing that any unhappy customers will receive an immediate refund of any payment made via Western Union or direct bank transfer.

Although the site may appear like an obvious scam, a Bulgarian student was nearly duped out of parting with his cash until STV Local, a network of websites, each dedicated to a town or city in Scotland, stepped in.

The Forres connection first came to light when a potential customer in Bulgaria, Nikolai Nenchev, contacted a Forres community Facebook page seeking information about the company before he purchased an Apple iPhone 4g from it.

Nenchev, an English Language student in Bulgaria, answered an advertisement on a Bulgarian auction website and was asked to send payment via the Western Union money-transfer system.

He said: "They promised me that I will get my package inside 48 hours and if I did not get my item then they would give me my money back.

"They said that they were monitored by local government very strictly."

Nenchev added that he exchanged messages with a Bulgarian who provided him with the web address for the company but became suspicious when it appeared to be based in Forres, Scotland.

An investigation has been launched.

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