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05-22-2007 02:53 PM  13 years ago
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Steve_JR

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New(ish) Western Union Scam
I know we have a feedbacks and scams section but that is also the default location for individual feedback on every sale here so this post would get buried in two seconds and I really want people to hear about this. Now you may already know about this and maybe it is not new news but for those who don't here is a scam that someone just tried to pull on me. It really isn't new but has become extremely popular!

I am selling some Hi-Fi Stereo equipment on another forum when all of a sudden I got an email response from an interested party. This wasn't your typical "I am from Nigeria... need half payment" thing but rather someone with very bad English and saying how badly they needed this item. Immediately I was alarmed from the lack of knowledge of what they were interested in. I am selling a B&W subwoofer for $400 and this is what this person wanted to do:

- He was too busy to come look at "item" (never mentioned what it was he was looking to buy).
- Said he wanted it and was going to send a western union check.
- Then I received and "URGENT MESSAGE" email for me too look at.
- It seems his "secretary" accidentally sent me $2700 instead of $400...
- I am to keep $100 for my troubles plus the $400 for the "item" but that I need to send the remainder back to his bank account.
- He made sure to always say "god bless" at the end of his emails lol.

Here is what he is hoping I will do...

- He sends a $2700 Western Union Check with a routing bank account from an overseas bank with no money in it. The bank account is real but there is just no money in it.
- The way the current banking system works is that I will deposit the check and it will, within a day, place the money into my account.
- I now have $2700 in my account
- I wire the "secretary boo-boo" of $2200 back to him
- He will get $2200 in his bank account from my legit account and he will immediately withdraw the funds from his account.
- However, over the next 6 weeks (yes 6 WEEKS) it will go through a clearing process.
- The check comes up as bouncing and the money is taken out of my account, the full $2700.
- He now has $2200 in cash he withdrew and the "item" that I sent him as well.
- I never hear from him again.

Fortunately I already know about all this stuff but it got me to thinking that maybe some people here don't know about it. If the scammer is good and writing he might be able to sound more legit than the guy who tried to get me was and someone here might fall for it. Just wanted to let everyone know!!! -Steve
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05-22-2007 02:57 PM  13 years ago
psych-lick

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6 weeks? thats CRAZY! Arn't we in like 2007 or something? They must have a guy carying the transaction on the back of a camel or something. CRAZY!-Jeff T.
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05-22-2007 04:08 PM  13 years ago
Isaac F

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Could it be possible to do the following? Send to him a box with a heavy thing inside like rocks. Send the box collect to his address. He will pay the courriers collect fees and when he open the box he will find a nice sorprice.

Also, bother him that you has send the wire tranfer to his account and to go to the bank to check if he has receive the money you have send..........Waste his time :-)

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05-22-2007 04:18 PM  13 years ago
red_z06

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The bank account may be real so he can receive. I doubt the address is correct as he probably cares "ZERO" for the item.

I did enquire about the USPS MO as well. There are fake MO's floating around and if you deposit it to your bank, it will clear in one day but it takes upto 3 weeks before it comes back as bogus and money from your account will be taken out.

However, even bogus, if you take it to PO, then they will check with known bad numbers (instant) so either you don't get paid or you get paid with a back MO but USPS takes care of it so you won't have to cough up the money.

USPS MOs should not be deposited into your bank account just to be safe!!! Get it cashed from USPS before sending out your item.
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05-22-2007 06:26 PM  13 years ago
Gearhead

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LOL yeaa I had someone try this scam on me a few years ago,, never in my life time have a ever met someone that was willing to give me $100 more than my asking price..

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05-24-2007 07:53 PM  13 years ago
Hoverdown3K

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SUPER OLD NEWS HERE...-= I know there is Money in RC helicopters. I put it there=-
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05-24-2007 08:21 PM  13 years ago
Grant H

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Every scam email I get from now on I am starting a new thread "warning" people about it.
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05-24-2007 08:35 PM  13 years ago
flykohala

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yep,
Just this week i have gotten 4 emails for europe about a dying aunt, owner of a big business, Princes of some country, you name it but they had like millions but needed names and address be forwarded to them, so they can scam you. Do a look up for 419 and it tells all the stories.
hope that helps
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05-29-2007 05:16 AM  13 years ago
Steve_JR

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grant I am just informing people about something that is a tad more than an email scam and can easily happen to people selling stuff on these boards. -Steve
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05-29-2007 12:31 PM  13 years ago
Grant H

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ME 2 . Did you see the 10 posts this morning of all the "warnings" from scam emails I have revceived just this morning!!!!!!!!! More to follow.
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05-30-2007 03:21 AM  13 years ago
flykohala

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info
Just do an google lookup "419 scam" and you can get lots of info about any type of scam you can think of.
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05-30-2007 03:33 AM  13 years ago
nitro fun

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they must still be using the pony express
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