The fraudsters impersonate the Rochester Police chief, contacting the victim after she refused to pay for the parcel sent during a romance scam.
Fake documents used:
Text from fake document:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Securing American Borders
Date; 21th Feb. 2019
This is to inform you that your explanation has been received via SKYE-WAYS courier. We commend your effort to get your package as we have seen the different documents obtained from Brazil Customs Authority and UK government.
But we are not going to take it lightly for such a sensitive package from a high level terrorism zone as Afghanistan to enter into our country without proper checks and clearance. This package should be confiscated but because of of your explanation and effort as explained in your mail we have decided to release your package back to SKYWAYS COURIER COMPANY USA to continue in delivering under one condition only.
The condition is that you must pay penalty for illegal entry without proper clearance and certification and obtained a new yellow tag clearance.
PENALTY FOR DEFAULT:……………….$2000
YELLOW TAG CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES……………. 2700
NOTE; the directorate of Custom and Boarder Protection Agency has sent a plead letter to the secretary of Homeland Security to remove the penalty/default fee $2000 while you pay only $2700. If She approves and you send your part, your package will be sent on express same day to you.
Agent Virgil Truitt Jr.
CBP / HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)
John P. Sanders
Chief Operating Officer (CBP)
Text from Fake Document:
We've got your back.
Date: 22nd Jan, 2019
We received your request from Smart Express USA branch to withdraw your packaged deposited in a safe deposit bank and send same package to you in Brazil.
You must understand that the police is your friend and as such we have your best interest at heart. Your package will get to you safely with police protection as soon as we receive your payment of $911 for bank withdrawal fee and stamp charges.
You are advised to send the fee via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER or MONEY GRAM with the information below
First Name: Amarachi O.
Address: Glenn Dale Maryland USA. Zip code: 20769
Chief of Police
The Rochester Police Department (RPD)