Lagos scams: pta,bta,mias

edited November 2008 in - Southern Africa
Is such a thing as these pta's, bta's or mia's...believe these are scams.am i correct on this.. referring to Lagos airport (muhammed intl)
any info on this subject would be nice
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  • edited 11:44PM
    Any request for money for a Basic Travel Allowance is almost certainly a scam. In so far as I can tell, the BTA provision is not in effect in any country in the world.

    Unlike the BTA, the PTA (Prepaid Ticket Advice) is a real travel term but has been manipulated into a scam directed at travel agencies and airlines. A PTA is a message that directs an agent or airline to issue a ticket in a certain location upon receipt of payment in their location. So, for example, Joe Soap would pay an agent in Texas through a fake credit card transaction while claiming to be stuck in Lagos, and so request that the ticket be printed in Nigeria. The scammer then claims the ticket and resells it or turns it in for a refund. Travel agents need to verify that money has been deposited before issuing a PTA.

    I have not heard of an MIA scam related to Nigeria. In so far as I can tell this scam played off the sentiments of Americans who were tricked into giving money to an imagined organisation who claim to be working to bring prisoners of war, or soldiers who went MIA (missing in action) during the Vietnam War, home. Suffice it to say that, according to CIA intelligence, there are no prisoners of war left in Vietnam.
  • edited 11:44PM
    what can you do about a bta request when you are trying to leave and they won't let you, i need help please help, any one with info please reply soon
  • edited 11:44PM
    I have been asked to send 3600 dollars to a young lady in Nigeria to cover the Personal travel allowance(PTA) is their such a thing??? I would believe not because once the ticket is bought how can they stop you from leaving with the proper credintials!!!
  • edited 11:44PM
    June - this is a scam. Walk away, and keep on walking.
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    Will try too make a long story short. After about $4000, i was communicating with a 28 yr.old for the past several months who claim to be working with kids who has cancer. The young lady emailed pictures of her and the kids, even a picture of her given a lecture and with a pastor. Money was even given for an operation for one of the kids and at this time it was sent in the pastors name. In Dec. 08 it was time for her to leave and additional $1200 was sent because she lost her returned ticket and needed it for the (bta). While enroute to the airport in Lagos, she got into an accident and somehow lost the money. Now she needed an additional $2000, $800 for medical expenses and $1200 for the (bta). Money was sent and 3 days later I get an email from Nigeria Law agency stating that she had been arrested for drug trafficking.
  • edited 11:44PM
    N2Deep = Trust me my gullible friend, walk away from this.

    It is a scam. You are being scammed. A scammer is scamming you. A scam is occurring and you are the scammee.

    How many other ways can i say this?
  • edited 11:44PM
    I have a girl in Nigeria who says she is from Kansas. She is supposed to be coming back to USA and says she will pay for the ticket but I must pay for pta or bta. she has used both terms. Is this a scam?
  • edited 11:44PM
    Transcript of a Skype conversation with a scammer:

  • edited 11:44PM
    I'm dealing the same girl now from Nigeria, need 500,- euro for the PTA, she's broken because she paid grandma's hispital bills. She's a scammer. 30 yrs, very nice looking and rich. I didn't pay her anything. because of this site!! (scammer msn-adress: jenny_maurice09@hotmail.com)

    Thx all
  • edited 11:44PM
    Hi,

    I am being asked to send the airfare to an American girl in Lagos. I originally purchased her ticket in the UK but she told me she was refused to leave Lagosl as she had to BTA. I've read the other comments on this site and I suspect this too is a scam. AM I right?
  • edited 11:44PM
    I have been talking to a man for months now and he wants to leave nigeria and come to uk to me (he says he is French) but he said he can not leave nigeria without BTA said he needs 1000 pounds.........is this a scam although he seems very convincing
  • edited 11:44PM
    IV'E BEEN TALKING TO A YOUNG MAN WHO SAID IS IS FROM USA VISITING HIS DAD AND SON AND IS TRYING TO GET OUT OF NIGERIA RIGHT NOW BUT AFTER SENDING ALMOST $1000 TO HIM HE IS SAYING HE NEEDS BTA TO LEAVE AND I HAVE BEEN DIGGING MY HEALS IN, SOMETHING JUST DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT. HE SAYS HE LOVES ME AND IS GOING TO COME TO ME AFTER HE HAS BEEN TO THE STATES AND SORTED THINGS OUT THERE BUT THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF ME THAT DOESNT TRUST THIS STATEMENT. WISHING IT WAS TRUE BUT WELL IM OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER. AND AFTER READING THIS WEB SIGHT THERE WONT BE ANY FUNDS HEADING IN HIS DIRECTION IN A HURRY. THANKS EVERY ONE FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND ANSWERS.
  • edited 11:44PM
    Wow, I pray to God that these people will be stopped. There's so many people that lost Trust, Believe & Respect in human kind, this doesn't help. Please be careful & avoid becoming a victim!
  • edited 11:44PM
    I FALL VISTIM OF THIS SCAMERS: Jenny_maurice09@hotmail.com - Jenifer Maurice, chnast@hotmail.com - Anasstasiya Chirkova, chavescindy@hotmail.com, chavescindy@yahoo.com - Cindy Garcia Chaves, mediansecurities@gmail.com - Daniel Phillips, TIMOTHY STANDISH, novdec10@yahoo.com - Rose Mary
  • edited 11:44PM
    There is someone in Nigeria trying to leave and airline is requesting the some of 560.00 for BTA ( Basic Travel Allowance)is this True or False
  • edited 11:44PM
    i HAVE BEEN SUCKERED FOR 4675 AND THE GUY LEEMEL lILBOURNE SAYS HE NEEDS 1600 FOR Bta to get out of the country. Anyone else heard of this guy??? or know the truth leaving from Lagos???????
  • edited 11:44PM
    Hi,
    I am involved with an American Citizen,female,36 yrs.of age,divorced,trying to get out of Nigeria.To Holland.
    Bought her ticket last year, she was scheduled to fly 8 th of June 2008 from Lagos Int.Airport, but was arrested there as her visa had expired.and had to pay € 1900.00 fine or else go to jail....!
    Her travelagent,Mr.Christopher Desmond Moore,took pity on her and paid the fine !!
    Two weeks ago she was going to fly, but was found to have a sunstroke and was treated in Lagos Hospital for € 365.00.,what she paid from the €600.00 I send her as BTA.
    Now she needs the balance, €365, to be allowed to fly !!!
    After reading your comments on BTA,PTA or whatever abbreviation is used,I get a very sunken feeling as to being scammed.

    Andy van der Meulen.
  • edited 11:44PM
    I have been talking to someone that says he is from Italy. Well, he was working in Lagos, Nigeria. And he kept saying that he is going to move here and be with me and be my husband for life. I don't know what to believe. Then the other day he was about to come to the usa to meet me and his son past away in Italy and he had to leave Nigeria to go there. I don't know if that is true either. He is suppose to send me 4,850 dollars to my checking account. When i get the money I keep 1,300 dollars of it and send him the rest for a plane ticket to Texas where I live. I don't know if the money will get to me, but I am giving him a few days. And if it doesn't come to me, then its over between us. His pictures look like a mode. He said that he was a model. and he is an accountant manager. I don't know what to believe. Everyone tells me that it is a scam. Im scared to death.
  • edited 11:44PM
    THERE,S APERSON CALLING HER SELF KAREN BRIAN ASKING FOR $1000 FOR BTA OUT OF LAGOD NIGERIA, IS ANY BODY KNOW OF THIS OERSON
  • edited 11:44PM
    Guys grow a brain...!!! If you guys want to truelly assist people in need donate to renowned organisations and stop displaying your ignorance!
    It such an irony that you guys are been scammed by people that claim to be westerners!
  • edited 11:44PM
    All these scams going on in nigeria are exactly that. You dont need a bta or pta or anything to get out of the coumtry. Anyone contacting you, eve if they claim to be a westener is scamming you. Remember this when someone asks you to help fund them to get out..... For every £100 you send them, they can pay a months rent and buy a months food..... starting to make sense?
    Good luck to all those visiting, I'v been there and its an eye opener.... be carefull!
  • edited 11:44PM
    ALL OF YOU PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ANYONE ASKING A COMPLETE STRANGER FOR MONEY IS SCAMMING YOU. WHY WOULD YOU NEED TO TRAVEL IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT STAY AT HOME, SIMPLE!!!

    ANYONE THAT HAS LOST MONEY.....I AM SORRY FOR YOU BUT REALLY...ASK YOURSELVES WHY YOU SENT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE???
    IF THE PASSPORT, VISA AND TICKET ARE GENUINE THERE IS NO REASON WHY ONE WOULD NOT FLY ( UNLESS THEY NEVER INTENDED TO).
    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.......IF YOU HAVE MONEY TO BURN DONATE TO A CHARITY!!!!!
    I LIVE IN NIGERIA....PTA AND BTA'S ARE NOT REQUIRMENTS FOR TRAVELLING!!!!
  • edited 11:44PM
    The BTA ( basic travel allowance ) scam has a tricky variation on internet dating sites in the scenario where you want to bring the person to your country. You contest to the Nigerian scammer that your research indicates there is no such thing as BTA. They back off claiming they were misinformed by somebody so you agree to buy them a plane ticket. So you play it safe by not sending them the plane fare...you purchase it online and forward it to them. But then on the night of the flight they e-mail you in a panic saying there really is a BTA fee. You back off because you the know the BTA is a scam but it's too late you have lost the amount of the plane fare ...even with cancellation insurance its too late.

    The premise of the BTA is that your own government is imposing this on the foreigner so that they don't arrive broke and that the airline verifies this on your government's behalf. But do you really think that airlines would do this for any government with all the time consuming security procedures they have to perform ??? The other thing is, an African cannot get a temporary visa for any developped country unless they prove they have a reason to go back to their country...as in lots of cash or a house...major assets. Sponsoring a foreigner takes about 3 years of paperwork and lots of fees. Even if you go to their country and marry them there first( spousal class ) it can still take about 18 months. Don't kid yourself, Africans cannot just hop skip to North America or Europe . My Advice is don't mess with any West Africans, they are almost all thieves. For god's sake they have music videos with lyrics celebrating successful rip off of whites. Why do you think Nigeria has the most Western Union outlets and internet cafes per capita in the world ? Because internet scamming is the major industry. So never never send money to Nigeria !
  • edited 11:44PM
    I was promised love and now being asked for money from zachary holmes. Im sure Im not the only one ! Beware -this must be a scam. His email address is: zacholmes@yahoo.com

    Claims to be Dutch working on contract in Lagos. His son needs an operation.

    DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY - I DIDNT
  • edited 11:44PM
    has anyone had any experience with a woman "Kirstie Alley" in lagos originally
    from atlanta,georgia U.S.?

    she has emailed a copy of her passport which seems to be legit plus
    pics that match the passport pic.
  • edited 11:44PM
    THE BTA FEE IS REAL I AM A NIGERIAN LIVING IN THE STATES AND ITS A SHAME THAT ALOT OF SCAMS HAVE BEEN PULLED FROM THE BTA THING ..BUT KNOW THIS THE BTA THING IS REAL AND ITS USEFULL FOR THOSE WHO ARE LIVING THE COUNTRY INCASE OF ANY EMERGENCIES AT ANY OF THE STOP OVERS THEY MIGHT HAVE IN OTHER COUNTRIES BEFORE THEY GET TO THE STATES .. I HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT BEFORE AND ITS REAL AND ALL NIGERIANS LIVING IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD ALL PAID THE BTA FEE BEFORE THEY COULD LEAVE BECAUSE ONE IF AND WHEN YOU GET CAUGHT AT THE AIRPORT WONDERING AROUND WITHOUT ANYWHERE TO GO YOU WOULD GET DEPORTED RIGHT THERE AND THERE AND IF AND WHEN AT ANY OF THE STOP OVERS SOMETHING WENT WRONG WITH THE FLIGHT ITS WOULD BE THAT BTA FEE THAT WOULD HELP YOU OUT BECAUSE IT IS CASH AT HAND ...
  • edited 11:44PM
    Alot has been said about BTA, PTA it scares almost everyone, Scammers impersonate Truth and try to rip people off, A very good example is the Benerd Madoff Case, there is legit businesses that truly brings in genuine profit and not just made up figures like in the Madoff case. BTA & PTA do exists, HOW Much, Varies, for instance take a look at this news print http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=131885 Pilgrims travelling from Nigeria to Israel needs a 1000$ PTA. also see http://www.firstbanknigeria.com/mc/pressrel/pr_29012007.asp and www.cenbank.org/intops do your research properly, before concluding everyone/thing you hear about Nigeria is Scam. of course 99% could be, but how do u figure whats true or not ?
  • edited 11:44PM
    well im too damn trusting. meet a woman on match.com she said she was in nigeria and was about to come back to the states. i sent her 1200 dollars to help pay for a ticket and medical expenses. well she was supose to leaave yesterday and call me when she landed in holland before she headed to atlanta. she didnt call she sent me a email and said she needed 3000 to 5000 for bta, i said to myself hell no, she said do you not trust me and now im waiting to hear back from her, yep i got screwed out of 1200, to hell with nigeria and my damn trusting self
  • edited April 2010
    Hello, I talked with a girl which i seen on Facebook, I am a widower & i just wanted to talk, after the second email, she said she wanted to come & live with me & get married, her father had left in his will, she needed a husband to control the money, very pretty blonde Dutch girl, said she was a nurse, no work available, next needed money for flight ticket, lived with grandma, who was waiting breast surgery, need money for nurse & nanny for when she left & $5000 for bta, did not like to be asked questions about personal life, refused to pay bta, had me for $7300, everything was ended, came back on about 3 weeks later, was so sorry for being so rude to me & again wanted to come to me, $8000 with the bta this time, involved in car crash on the way to the airport, 2 people killed, lost ticket & money, get urgent email from doctor asking for $3700 for emergency surgery, refused, ended again, came back about 3 weeks again, begged to be forgiveness & again wanted to come needed passport & visa renewed plus ticket & bta, also has a 9 year old son, she had kept a secret all this time, he was sick at the last flight, needed the money for his medication, also needs passport & visa, flight ticket, this time she swore they were coming, never happened, she broke my heart 3 times & came back on & said how sorry she was & now was going to come, had used up $3000 for rooms & meals in a week & half, ended again, all in all, took me for $27,000 & all i got for this was a lot of lies & 6 pictures & my heart broke each time, then i find out after, they are not hers, are of a younger sister, goes by Lizzy Susan Thomas, email mataegin@hotmail.com, to all men looking for a beautiful young wife, beware, she is very smooth & very persuasive, gets very angry when you ask personal questions or call her a liar, she swears that she doesn't lie, I found information after & there is nothing i can do, she did not force me to send her the money, oh ya, all sent through western union, no trace, but save all you transaction slips, to remind you how much you were shafted for so you don't do it again or never let it start for any reason.
  • edited 11:44PM
    I have been chatting, im, and talking with him on the phone. he tells me he loves me and wants me to be his wife. He is suppose to be living in texas but is working in nigeria and has a sick mother who was in the hospital there. he told me he ran out of money and needed $550.00 before the hospital would release her. I sent him $300.00 for the hospital bill and he was suppose to catch his flight the next day but now he tells me he needs $1,000.00 for BTA before he can catch his flight. Is this a scammer has any one heard of oldies.moranda@yahoo.com

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