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Cashier’s Check Fraud

This scam involves a seller advertising a valuable item over the Internet. A “buyer,” often from a foreign country, contacts the seller about purchasing the item and states that he plans to use a cashier’s check issued from a bank/credit union in the United States. Then the “buyer” tells the seller that he either “mistakenly” sent too large a check, or that he will be sending a check for more than the purchase price. In either event, the seller is instructed to immediately wire the “balance” back to the buyer.

The unsuspecting seller then deposits the cashier’s check in their bank account. Under a federal banking law, the customer’s bank is required to make those funds available to its customer on the business day after the funds are deposited. So, the unwary seller is able to withdraw the “overpayment” before the check winds its way back to the bank that supposedly issued it (since it is fraudulent). That can take 7 days, or even longer. Of course, after wiring the money back to the buyer, the scam artist is nowhere to be found.

And you are out the balance you wired to the thief. Myth: cashier's checks are the same (or almost) as cash. No they aren't.

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From mattew0007@gmail.com aka Sir Matt Williams
And m.longo100@gmail.com aka Lucrechia Joy


Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying from
you so please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. Please be
informed that i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank it
will be delivered to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), so I'll need
you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the
mailing of the check...

Name to be on the payment...........
Home address...........
City..............
State...........
Zip Code..............
Cell phone #................

I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your
money I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment will
be delivered within 24hours.** I use a hearing impaired phone
# and will receive your calls via email **..I'm sorry for the late
respond to your email ...N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box
addresses.

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Posted by: RW at Nov 22, 2011 4:35:16 AM

Got this email from a "Kelly Smith" who responded to my ad on craigslist. This a-hole is still alive and well, so beware.

I am okay with the price of this item and the condition of items and
we will like to make an outright purchase of this particular item
immediately because we are in need of it and we want to get it as soon
as possible, I anticipate that a cashier check or certified check
will be sent to you via express mail or ups or Fedex as the mode of
payment, concerning the pickup, i will be responsible for that, where
the mover will come for the pick up at your location upon your
confirmation of receiving the payment and i want you to remove this
item from the ad now. So i will send the payment which will include
the pick up charges, in which you will make payable to the mover via
money gramm immediately after you have receive the payment and you
will be compensated with $50 extra for your running around to the
money gram outlet to avoid the delay. And I would really love to come
for the viewing but due to my work frame that might not be possible.
and I will like you to provide the following payment information as
soon as possible:
full name ...........................................
full home address (physical)..................
City................................................
state................................................
zip code..............................................
tel#..................................................As soon as this
is provided i will let you know when payment is mailed out and i will
update you on when you will receive the payment and give you
instructions on what to do....thanks and i hope we handle this in good
faith.

Posted by: Who Cares at Oct 16, 2010 8:46:18 AM

So, this is the scam that comes through my email dealing with my craigslist posting, from a lady claiming to be blind named Mary Clevenger.

How are you doing? I am very sorry for the Delay My sister Has Influenced but she said the delay came from the UPS. So, I have a confirmation that you will be receiving your payment for the item this morning by UPS. Here is the tracking number {1Z WE8 089 22 1003 405 8} , My sister said USP Stressed That You can track it online at www.ups.com , Once you got the Cashed, proceed to your bank or any cashing point around you and get it cashed, deduct your money for your item, She Said You should deduct additional $70 for the stress and Delay am putting you through, and proceed to any MONEY GRAM location around you and get the rest wired to my My Sister, There after, Proceed to any UPS Office and ship the Item To My Address Below. You will Deduct Additional 70 Dollars For The Shipment Because I Wont Be Able To Arrange For The Pick Up Due To My Health As You Know. My Sister Money Gram information Is Below...

MY SISTER MONEY GRAM INFORMATION THAT YOU WILL SEND MONEY TO...

Name: OSCAR SCOTT
City : WARREN
State: OHIO
Zipcode: 44485

My sister said you should get back to me with the following information when you get it sent:
1. 8 Digit Reference number
2. Sender's Name on Money gram receipt.
3. Receiver's name
4. Amount sent after money gram Charges.

MY ADDRESS WHERE YOU WILL SHIP MY ITEM TO.....
Name: Mary Clevenger
Address: 8247 spillers dr
City: covington,
State: GA

So, I began to get suspicious...

Are you sure about this. I didn't know you could ship money orders. Something just doesn't seen right about this transaction. So, how much is the money order for in all? Your sister's name is oscar?

He/She responds...

its certified cashier check ok my sister name is OSCAR SCOTT
when you receive the check get back to me ok


Then I googled this website (THANK GOD), this is my response to her/him...

I did my research online. I realize that this is a scam, and EXTREMELY unoriginal. You should not try to get over on people like that, especially God's people people, because the Holy Spirit watches out for his children. I will continue to pray for you. Goodbye.

(Thank you guys for the heads up!)

Posted by: O.G. at Jul 15, 2010 7:29:37 AM

my fiancee is in nigeria on a business trip and i was told when i called his phone by a lady that he got in a motor car accident and the only friend who knew there is dead and he is in an unconcious position.i should be sending 85,000 and i dont know what to do and i havent heard from him all this time since one day ago.i am dying slowly cant do anything but wonder what is really going on

Posted by: jaynel at Jun 14, 2010 4:00:35 AM

This is modeling scam agency

Hello,
Thanks for your responce, How are you doing today?Now that we have recieve your interest on these contract, We have started arrangement on your document and payment immediately.

So All we need now is five of your finess photograph, Once we recieve them,our selecting department will determine the best two to use for the advert, Once they have selected the suited for the job we will email back the two pictures we have selected and also we will need your approval to go on with the job process, Your approval we also enable us process on your payment. We need this pictures as soon as possible.

As we have said in our first email to you, This contract is worth about 15,000 Euro.

Note: You just get paid for your pictures right away.We will e-mail you more on how payment will be send to you once we recieve your responce on these mail. Hope to hear from you soon.
Regards.
John Freeman.
Suite 210, Coborn House,
3 Coborn Road, Docklands,
London, E3 2DA, UK
+447023072560
Ghost Inc.

Posted by: Mila at Nov 8, 2009 9:36:19 PM

co sie dzieje z moimi pieniedzmi dlaczego tak dlugo je trzymacie w tym banku prosze pisac po polsku

Posted by: grzegorz at Aug 23, 2009 10:11:37 AM

I was scammed by a robertfoxstorre@yahoo.com I was selling my jet ski and he sent me a $3000.00 $1200.00 me and the rest for the movers. I took it to my bank and they let me cash it without putting a hold on it the next week we found out it wasn't a real account when I confronted him he said it was because he had to put his account on hold do to someone taking money from his account. So beware of this email...he'll tell you he'll send a via certified check or business check, which is what he sent me FedEx. Don't fall for it at all. I'm now $3000.00 down in debt.

Posted by: DJ at Jul 29, 2009 6:47:42 PM

Here here! Identity theft has been on the increase making it more important to destroy those sensitive documents. Our office supplies & stationery store sells the Fellowes range and in our opinion they are far superior to the alternatives.

Posted by: Paper Shredders at May 29, 2009 11:04:09 PM

I got a cashiers check from ups yesterday. its fake but the thing i noticed from the beginning is if anyone else had this happen look at the sender...its a made up name and address BUT what was more obvious is that no letter on the package looks alike all the different letters got a different kind of print who ever it is knows what there doing.Cashiers checks are suppose to be the safest payment method not no more...Stay away from mystery shopping, and claiming prizes....You know thats to good to be true..it is nice seening the check with your name on it but then again you can only wish.....Watch out for lebmag7@yahoo.com...Thats the email that wrote me and said my package was delivered also leechin_wilson@gmail.com

Posted by: The one that didnt get scammed at Apr 29, 2009 8:06:00 AM

This happened to me 3 years ago now I'm deeply in the hole with Bank of America. Is there anything I can do to get B of A off my back. They don't seem to understad what happened to me.

Posted by: Jean-Paul at Feb 18, 2009 8:17:21 PM


In a civil case, a judge can allow the jury to question a document-destroying party’s intentions. For example, judges in certain cases will tell jurors they should assume missing documents are harmful simply because they were destroyed–even if they never see the contents.

Posted by: Paper Shredder Price at Jan 27, 2009 12:06:09 PM


According to the investigations Andersen partner David Duncan allegedly headed an effort to destroy documents related to Enron after learning the Securities and Exchange Commission had requested financial records from the company.

Posted by: industrial shredder at Jan 27, 2009 12:05:24 PM


The average office shredder does nothing to alter the computers where the vast majority of those paper documents originated.

Posted by: Paper Shredder for Sale at Jan 27, 2009 12:04:56 PM


Living in Florida there was an urgent need of shredder in the office so I called up the saleman who told me there was No sales tax on purchases delivered out of California! 10 year warranty on cutting heads & 1 year warranty on mechanical parts (parts only)!

Posted by: File shredder at Jan 27, 2009 12:04:06 PM


The saleman told me from whom I bought the shredder. All office shredders roll on casters for convenient sharing among offices. Every shredder model has a 10-year warranty on cutting heads and can take staples and paper clips which saves office stationary too.

Posted by: Paper Shredders for Sale at Jan 27, 2009 12:03:30 PM


Working and maintaining security throughout the office. I Placed shredder next to the copier or printer, these shredder models will stop information leak before it starts.

Posted by: Paper Shredders Ratings at Jan 27, 2009 12:02:36 PM


Working for government department where each and every word is confidential. Knowing that your shredded documents cannot be reassembled and that your confidential information is safe is worth every cent of the cost of a paper shredder

Posted by: File Shredders at Jan 27, 2009 12:00:16 PM

I am okay with the price of this item and the condition of item sand i will like to make an outright purchase of this particular item immediately because i am in need of it and we want to get it as soonas possible, I anticipate that a cashier check or certified checkwill be sent to you via express mail or ups or Fedex as the mode of payment, concerning the pickup, i will be responsible for that, where the mover will come for the pick up at your location upon your confirmation of receiving the payment and i want you to remove this item from the ad now. So i will send the payment which will include the pick up charges, in which you will make payable to the mover via money gramm immediately after you have receive the payment and you will be compensated with $50 extra for your run.Am sorry for the the reply okay.


This was from a guy name Jackben01@gmail.com
so dont open any emails from this person

Posted by: sam at Jan 8, 2009 4:22:42 PM

I applied for a job the other day, only to find out it was someone trying to commit fraud. I actually checked to make sure the company I was applying with was a real company because I had never heard of it. I easily found their website and learned the company had been around for about 20 years. Sounded legit so I sent them my resume....then the fun begins....

A few days later I get a UPS package that has an obviously fake check in it. (I worked at a bank for 5 years, so it is pretty easy for me to spot a fake). I also got an email from "the employer" stating I needed to send the money to them via Western Union, less my 10% fee.

I called the people that "issued" the check to let them know someone was using their information. They were aware of the problem, and said to destroy the check. I really wanted to help catch these guys, so I contacted a few agencies with the information I had obtained. One of the people I talked to gave me the most brilliant idea and I thought I would share it...

The email states that they need to know the amount you sent and the 10 digit transaction number from Western Union, so I emailed them fake information. I made a up number and guessed on the amount of the transfer after the fees. Apparently they will spend days trying to find the fake transfer...only to realize they have been played. It is very hard to catch them, but it doesn't hurt to mess with them a little!!!!!

Posted by: tatum9999 at Oct 23, 2008 2:46:57 PM

do you guys think this buyer from craigslist is trying to scam me? this is what he emailed me and it seems similar to what you guys got emailed to.


Hello Seller,


I saw the advert of your item on craiglist, and am very much interested in purchasing it. I will like to know the last price and also its present condition.Nevertheless, i will be making payment by united state certified cashier's check. As for the shipping i will arrange for a shipper of mine to come for the pick up as soon as payment is made.

Kindly get back to me with the above information so we can proceed with the payment arrangements as a matter of urgency.

Kindest Regards,

Donald.

Posted by: Ger Vang at Oct 10, 2008 9:57:53 PM

I had the same experience too. I am advertising a room for rent at craigslist and this guy emails me saying he's interested to get the room for his son who is a missionary at Africa or something. I think it's the same GEORGE COLE RIVALDO. His email is: god_is_able76@yahoo.com. He wanted the place without even looking at it, not pictures, what so ever. He just wants to pay for it straight away. Luckily I didn't trust him from the beginning, so I didn't give him any personal information. Thank God for google!

Posted by: Indah at Oct 7, 2008 10:24:48 AM

I have received an email from Geffs as well. Below is the email...
----------------------------------------

fromBrian Geffs
reply-tograndfathergeffs@gmail.com

tosale-827024521@craigslist.org

dateThu, Sep 4, 2008 at 9:27 PM
subjectChipper Mulcher Shredder 6.5 HP Yard Machine - $300 (Texarkana)
mailed-bycraigslist.org

hide details 9:27 PM (8 hours ago) Reply


** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY --- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

--
Hello, Am Brian Geffs. Saw your AD on CL, will like to know if its
still available for sale and the current condition. Get back to me
asap. Regards.


------------------------------------------------------------------
this message was remailed to you via: sale-827024521@craigslist.org
------------------------------------------------------------------

Posted by: Michael at Sep 5, 2008 4:26:51 AM

grandfathergeffs@gmail.com (Brian Geffs) tried to scam me on craigslist.

Below is his attempt to rip me off....

Hello... I really appreciate your response to my mail.I want you to consider it sold, pls do withdraw the advert from craigslist to avoid disturbance.I want you to know that i will be paying via bank certified check .I will need you to provide me with the following.information to facilitate the mailing of the check .
1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you
**I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check** Thanks .

Posted by: Billy Landis at Sep 4, 2008 1:08:54 PM

I'm trying to sell a Golf Bag on Craigslist and got a hit almost immediatly from
'GEORGE COLE RIVALDO. This person calls themself Captain George in the emails.After I recieved the second email from this "Buyer" I was VERY suspicious of the terms they wanted, so I googled the name 'GEORGE COLE RIVALDO and read about the scam he's trying with me. The following is the text of his emails to me. I'm so glad I didn't fall for this SCAM!!! I make it a practice to NEVER GIVE OUT MY PERSONAL INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET OR THE TELEPHONE!

Greetings
I'm Captain George,I realized your advert on the craigslist which is suitable to my need,please let me know if it still available for sale and will like to know the present condition and the FINAL ASKING PRICE?
Let me know your list of items and prices for sale, as I need to get some other important items for my replacement. GET BACK ASAP
THANKS AND GOD BLESS,
GEORGE COLE RIVALDO

I replied to this with all the same information as the Craiglist posting, and he wrote back with this email:

Thanks for your quick response .. Honestly I have to let you know that I need this urgent ,Mean while I will be offering you the sum of $80,this is the fact that I want you to assure me this belongs to me. okay? so I'll want you to get back to me with your FULL NAME, CONTACT ADDRESS AND PHONE # (CELL, HOME AND OFFICE) so that l will give you a call immediately l got the payment out.l'll contact my mover to come over to your location for the pick up as soon as you receive payment and we have made some arrangement for the pick up as soon as you email me back that you've received the payment,then I will now instruct the shipper to come down to your location with a letter of approval and phone call from me, but never mind, I want you to be rest assured that my shipper will take care of everything on my behalf without giving you any stress.
My concern: I lost my phone 2 day a ago when I was rushing down to the hospital when I heard of my daughter's accident, so I want you to know that as of present i would prefer communication via emails, as I promise to give you a call before you received the payment..
Hope to hear from you .Awaits your response asap.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS,
'GEORGE COLE RIVALDO

Don't fall for this obvious SCAM!!!

Posted by: Bill Mack at Aug 10, 2008 8:30:59 AM

I tried sell my MG ZT in www.mobile.de and received following email:

Hi ,

i will also like you to provide me with this questions
(1) if you have a clear title,
(2) reason for selling the vehicle
(3) also state the present condition of the vehicle at the moment.
(4) Location of the vehicle
(5) had accident before.
(6) recent pictures(both interior and exterior)
(7) how long have you use the vehicle
(8, Bottom price..

Thank you,


From Fred Harry Jones.
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kings wood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom

SHIPPING ARRANGEMENT/PICK-UP

In response to your item posted for sale. I am an agent interested in
making an immediate purchase of it.

After several consideration over the advert placed on the website,
i want to assure you that i am serious and is going to do business with you and would want to issue the payment by check from my company.
Also, I would like to restate clearly that this vehicle will be shipped to Canada(Vancouver) and I have a shipping agent who would take good care of this. You are to cash the Check at the total of 14,000 Euro you will receive and deduct the funds for the sales of your vehicle 10,000 euro and please have the balance euro 4,000 Euro of the funds sent to the shipping agent in order to schedule the pick up of the item.

All necessary transfer papers will be dully signed by the shipper on behalf of the company when the shipping agents comes for the pick up of the item .

I will be willing to entertain more of your questions that might arise, please provide your

FULL NAME:

MAILING ADDRESS :

PHONE NUMBER :

So that I can have it forwarded to the payment department immediately Looking forward to hear from you.

Thank you for your co-operation.


About General Motors : General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

!!!BE CAREFUL!!!

Posted by: Andri at Aug 8, 2008 12:36:15 AM

i put my ipod on craigslist and george cole emailed me....he took a long time to reply so i sold it to someone else and then he emails me saying he sent "too much" or his friend sent too much or something .. wow, im so glad i found this page...if i do recieve the payment, WHAT DO I DO????/

Posted by: SB at Jul 30, 2008 10:58:46 AM

You guys, this GEORGE COLE RIVALDO guy has been emailing me, heres the recent email...
Hello,
I just received an email from my cousin to let me know that the payment might have delivered to you, So, I will want you to check your mail box, the delay on payment was due to the fact that i'm with my daughter on a sick bed. As soon as you receive the check, Take the Check to your bank or to the check cashing outlet for instance cash and get the excess cash withdrawn immediately to send over to my shipper who will handle the shipment Via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER. Any delay in getting this done the same day you receive the payment will be causing me A DEMORAGE FEE to the shipping company.

My shipper to arrange for the pick up from your location and also to pick up some other items {CAR AND BIKE} for me in the states together will use the funds sent. I want her to come to your location less than 24hours as the time coincides with the shipment of my goods in the states.

I called her company (shippers Assign clearing and forwarding) and I was told that she just got in to CALIFORNIA yesterday to handle some export duties on behalf of a firm based in UNITED STATES.

Here is the shipperʼs information, which will be used to get the excess cash transfer to her by WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER.

NAME: GONCA ONDEMIR
CITY: LOS ANGELES
STATE: CALIFORNIA
ZIP CODE: 90036
COUNTRY: UNITED STATES

After you have sent the money for shipment through WESTERN UNION, I will require the following details from you:

1. Sender's name and address (your full name and address used in wiring the funds)
2. Receiverʼs name (GONCA ONDEMIR)
3. CONTROL NUMBERS (money transfer control number). 10 DIGITS
4. Test question and answer (E.g.: WHO IS GONCA). Answer (MY COUSIN)
5. Total Amount sent..........
6. A scanned copy of the WESTERN UNION receipt............... OPTIONAL

Note: I want you to know that there will be some charges for getting the funds transferr by WESTERN UNION to the shipper, that should be deducted from the funds you will be sending down to the shipper in CALIFORNIA by WESTERN UNION as soon as you receive the payment. So the WESTERN UNION charges should be deducted from the excess funds that you will be sending to the shipper GONCA ONDEMIR in CALIFORNIA.

I await your soonest response this is because my shipper has to be in the states as soon as possible. Remember that she also has my goods to pick up together from your location; he will be at your location in the next 24 hours upon the receipt of funds via WESTERN UNION.
I also want you to deduct additional $100 COMPENSATION for your running around to get the transaction completed the same day you receive the CHECK.
I await the WESTERN UNION transfer details from you as soon as you have sent the shipping funds to the shipper when you receive the PAYMENT....

Thanks and God bless, Regards to you and your Family.

Posted by: SB at Jul 30, 2008 10:57:06 AM

(im canadaian and posted my car on craigs list... WATCH OUT SELLERS)
I am glad i found this site as i am in the middle of this scam. This makes me sick! Now i found this odd from the begining but this is how it goes:

GreetingsI'm Capt George C. Rivaldo, i realized your advert on the craigslist which is suitable to my need,please let me know if it still available for sale as i will like to know if you are the first owner,which means i will like to know the present condition as i will like to have a picture for better verification if possible and the FINAL ASKING PRICE?Let me know your list of items and prices for sale , as i need to get some other important items for my replacement, not sure if any is included in your list for sale, please let me know.THANKS AND GOD BLESS,GEORGE COLE RIVALDO

(i then gave him info on the listing)

FINAL ASKING PRICE ?

(i gave him a high price for the item with expects to barter)

Thanks for your quick response .. Honestly i have to let you know that i need this urgent ,Mean while i will be offering you the sum of $3000,this is the fact that i want you to assure me this belongs to me okay? so i need you to EMail me your NAME AND CONTACT ADDRESS ASAP WITH YOUR HOME AND CELL PHONE # so that l will give you a call immediately l got the payment out.l have contacted my mover to come over to your location for the pick up as soon as you receive payment and we have made some arrangement for the pick up as soon as you email me back that you have receive payment,then i will now instruct the shipper to come down to your location with an approval of letter and phone call from me,but never mind i know it is in a good shape...but for you to be assured my shipper will take care of everything on my behalf.
My concern: i lost my phone 2 day a ago when i was rushing down to the hospital when i heard of my daughters accident, so i want you to know that as of present i would prefer communication via emails, as i promise to give you a call before the payment arrive to your location..
Hope to hear from you .Awaits your response asap
THANKS AND GOD BLESS,
GEORGE COLE RIVALDO

(hmmm... fishy this is where im a little uneasy and ask to meet hi somewhere and ask him to call me... nothing)
(a few days go by and i get no response)

YES, SO I WILL WANT YOU TO GET BACK TO ME WITHYOUR CONTACT DETAILS FOR THE PAYMENT TO PROCEED ASAP.
THANKS

(so okay this is wierd now i ask him to contact me by phone again and send my address)
(the caps lock... trying to be stern? no more bad grammar?)

HELLO
Thanks for that, Pls I'll want you to keep all buyer's off cos payment will get to you soon and I'll notify you on when exactly you will be receiving the payment, Pls do consider the ITEM sold to me and keep away all other buyer's, I'll appreaciate if you can get the advert deleted from the website if possible.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS,
GEORGE COLE RIVALDO

(and this is where i am now...Dont know what to do next?)

Posted by: DB at Jul 20, 2008 2:09:44 PM

Scam today that did not go through
Hello,
Thanks for the mail,and am sorry for the late response,perhaps i'm okay with the price and the condition.But i will be leaving my home town state tomorrow to another home town state in yuma arizona for a speculative purpose with our company and board of diretors. As per payment i will have to instruct my wife to send you a certified check,via ups courier service which will take only 1-2 days to get to you. cos this is the only means of payment I can offer you now due to my present departing schedule. And you should not worry about the shipping,I've my reputable

shipping company that will be coming over to your house for the pickup as soon as the deal is up

So to make payment out to you, you'll have to email me your details as follows:

1,Name to be written on check...........................
2,Address to send the check.................................
3,Your contact telephone number...............................

Awaiting to read from you.
Best wishes


Hi,
Thanks once again for the prompt response besides i want you to know that the payment will get to you any moment from now and it will be coming in to you by ups courier service,Moreso concerning the pick-up i've spoken with my shipping company regarding the pickup,so they advised that I send their shipping charges together with the payment i will be sending to you.So i will instruct my wife to issue out the check to you as soon as possible to make the transaction faster,moreso if i send them a separate check due to their head office location it will take them 30 working days to clear, So I would have to instruct my wife to make out the check with excess funds including the shippers charges to you via ups or usps courier service air delivery, so immedaitely you get it, all you've to do is get it cashed deduct your own portion for the (2003 FORD EXPEDTION ) with additional compesating fee of $100 making a total of $13,700,then get the rest wire to them via western union in other for them to proceed with the pickup from your house and my other items which they're suppose to ship to my resident from japan and califonia.So make sure you dont receive any offer regarding the sale anymore and count it sold to me already.I will give you a call as soon as am less busy cos am handling alot of work over here,besides i will email you the shippers info where to send the remaining balance to as soon as i get it from their operational manager. So please i would need you to do this favour for me to avoid any kind of delay.Thanks for your understanding i look forward to your prompt response.

Emmanuel

So I would be giving the shipper a $100 upon pickup?? A little confused about delivery setup. Everything else is good. I would appreicate speaking to you on the phone once to ensure everything goes correctly.
You're not given the shipping company the $100 dollars,the $100 is for you that is additional compesating fee am given to you for helping me out with the transaction ok?Cos i've alot of goods the shipping company will be picking up for me in carolina too,So all together with yours are what they change me for and due to their location they dont receive any united state type of payment,So the total amount is $22,850,deduct your portion for the (FORD EXPEDTION) with the compesating fee making a total of $13,700,then you'll help me transfer the rest to the shipping company in other for them to start coming over for the pickup in your house and go for the rest of my goods as well.Hope you're clear on that now?Await your quick response asap.
Thanks

Posted by: Joseph Kupstas at Jun 17, 2008 10:54:11 AM

I put an item on craigslist for $300 and immediately got a bite....here it is..
From a BRIAN GEFFS as grandfathergeffs@fresnomail.com

Hello i will like to know if the above item is still
available for sale.

Brian.
Sent by [CompanyName] Mail

So i replied that it was still available:

now the email was from grandfathergeffs@gmail.com
Good Morning ... am interested.I'll not be available for the pick-up due to nature of my job,so I engaged the services of a mover to pick up my items for me. I'll send a check via my bank to cover the cost of the item,I will need the details of whom & where to mail the check.It will be delivered by the United Parcel Service within 2-3 days. Please note 'UPS' do not deliver to P.O.Box addresses

1.Name to be on the check
2.Home address
3.Telephone .
Kindly delete the posting as am totally committed to buying from you to save me cost.I use a hearing-in paired phone as am deaf send me an email for fast response,Regards
Brian.

so i did email the info. (my first time being scammed :( )

Hello Heather,
How are you doing? I'll like to inform you that I contacted my bank to confirm if your payment has been mailed out, I was made to understand that instead of the actual amount for the item, the bank made out a check for $2500. The payment was already been posted before I was informed about this but is a little problem which we can handle amicably. However, I have rectified this with my Bank cause I wouldn't want this to delay the sales, all you have to do is that, once you have the payment, do take it to your Bank and have it cashed and you'll then deduct the money for your goods and in addition a $100 ( which is the cost of your running around).
The excess fund on the payment will then be wired to my mover via western union that same day, so that my mover can come for pick up as I've already planned on using the excess fund to offset the payment of the previous shipments that has been undertaken on my behalf.
Do let me know if I can trust you to have the excess fund sent to my mover.
Thank you,
Brian.

THIS WAS DEFINATELY A RED FLAG AT THIS POINT!!

So i then emailed and said that i didn't feel comfortable with this transaction and that i would shred the check when it arrived. I didn't get an email for about 3 days ( i guess scammers take weekends off too) then monday i got an email

Hello Heather,

This is just to update you regarding the payment am really sorry about the delay i am making everything possible to secure the purchase of the item since you've held it for me, Well i was just informed that the check is in transit via (UPS) and it will be delivered first thing Tuesday morning so please give me an update once you have received and have cashed the check so i can provide you with the mover's information for the excess fund and the pick up arrangement.

Regards Brian.

So obviously he didn't read his email so yet again i emailed explaining that i don't feel comfortable with this transaction.

This was today:
Hello Heather, How are you doing today? Thanks for your trustworthiness and the effort on this purchase and am glad to inform you that the Payment has been delivered to your location by UPS here is the tracking number (1Z7341VW0192546159).
Now that you have the payment I would like you to please take it to your Bank and have it cashed.You will deduct the cost of the purchase from the that, then have the rest funds sent out to the mover once you cashed the check so that she can come over for the pick-up by noon. Here is the mover information to send the money to via Western union (money in minutes) ....

Name : Joann Darling
Address : 624 W Arrow Hwy,
San Dimas, CA, 91773

Afterward i will require the following info from you............

1.The MTCN number that is the 10 digits number on the Western Union receipt
2.Sender's name and address used in sending the money
3.Actual amount sent.

Please pay off the western union charges from the remaining fund after you must have deducted your money and the $100 that is to cover the cost of your run around. I'll be waiting to read from you once you have sent out the funds with the info you have used in sending out the fund today.

Warmest Regards
Brian.

N.B
Below is the tracking and delivery details ------

Your package has been delivered.


Tracking Number: 1Z 734 1VW 01 9254 615 9
Type: Package
Status: Delivered

Delivered On: 04/29/2008 9:56 A.M.
Location: FRT DOOR
Delivered To: HOLLYWOOD, FL, US

So now i am going home and probably going to report this to the bank or if anyone knows a good website to report this fraud please let me know! Websites like this are great!!!!

Posted by: Heather at Apr 29, 2008 12:40:52 PM

Hello,
My name is Juan Turner i am freelance modelling agent working for Complex Magazine in New York recruiting models.Currently the company needs models for Next Month special edition of the magazine.I saw your profile and i appreciate them we are happy to inform you that you are one of the few Models choosen out of the screening exercise performed on here and I would like us to do some work together.I presently have a good offer for you.

I want to know if you are interested in modeling because I need pictures of a good looking Model who will be on the magazine cover for the Next month edition.Please let me know if you are interested in the Job. You stand a chance of making a reasonable $600 from this deal to start,and even a noticeable fame. Let me know if you are interested by mailing me in my offer and I would give you further details.pls get back to me asap.You can as well visit our website www.complex.com

Warmest Regards
Juan Turner


Hello,
Thanks for your response and interest.The taken pictures will be used for the magazine cover of my client which website is www.complex.com. The name of the company is Complex Magazine.it has just been established in United Kingdom also. Presently the company needs a Model for Next month edition and am giving you the offer.Your Jobs will be exhibited on their website and also after the first set of picture are being sent.

Their magazines will be sent to you in order for you to know about the company.Subsequently depending on how best this suits.You could be invited over to the company to sign a contract with us.The location of the shoots will be somewhere close to where you are located.There is an assigned make-up artist for the project.As soon as we agree, the make-up artist will get intouch with you to agree on the location, date and time of the shoots.

As written in my previous mail, you will get $600 to start which will be sent to you immediately. After payment has been received, the photo shoots will be taken and sent to the company. There will be a pre-arranged hair/ make up artist that will be coming over to you for the shoots. They will be contacting you for proper arrangement of time and location after payments has been made. Guess the arrangement is understood. In order for payment to be made to you, provide me with the following details so we can mail you the payment:Moreover there will be no nudity or implied nudity involved.


FULL NAME:
FULL HOME ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIPCODE:
PHONE NUMBER:

Warmest Regards
Juan Turner


Hello Lauretta,
It was nice hearing from you aspa my request regarding the available opportunity to apear on the next publishing magazine in the United State called Complex Magazine.

I have spoken to the director Agent in the United Kingdom named Mr Nicolas Grant and he also instructed me to direct all your contact information to him without no delay which means you have been granted this great opportunity to be the most outstanding Model for the lunching of the Front page of this magazine and as a soul collector to attract Custormers in the United State.

Ones more i welcome you to Complex Magazine.I will be glad to inform you that at any moment from now we shall be hearing from the Sponsors about this great opportunity which will be lunched on 19th of April 2008.We have had different sponsors who are willing to take care of some financial aspect to cover this upcoming event to be a success.

Moreover,i am e-mailing you to keep you updated that the mode of payment shall be coming in form of a Bank Certified Check and you shall be soon connected to the Choosen Make Up Artist (MUA) soon as we have a fair reply and good news from the sponsors.

I will want you to e-mail me back confirming with me that you got this e-mail and confirm with me below your information as received by you.

FULL NAME:
FULL HOME ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:Florida
ZIPCODE
PHONE NUMBER:



I look forward to read from you without no further delay.
Warmest Regards
Juan Turner

Hello,
I bring you greeting ones more from the desk office of the shoot Maneger.
You are adviced to pls contact the Photographer you will be working with via this Phone number on or before the shoot day so you can both set up or reach a good conclusion and better conversation regarding this shoot.
Mr Anastista in Sacramento,CA will be the professional Photographer we shall be using for this shoot so this is why i want want you you to call him before any form or payment is received or progress.

Mr Anastista halican Phone Number : ( 931-442-1822)
Mr Anastista's E-mail adress: andyhalican77@yahoo.com

I will look out to read an e-mail from you without no delay.

And upon the payment,i shall be getting back to you in a moment if there is any update regarding the shipping courier used to mail the package to you.

Regards

Juan Turner

Hello,
How are you today? I am emailing you to Inform you that payment has been issued out to you. The Check is to cover your part payment as the selected MODEL and Money for the Photographer issued out in your Name in the amount of $2980 and it was mailed Via UPS with Tracking # (1Z73W77Y1596187228) which will be delivered to you in a moment. I will want you to get back to me with the confirmation of receipt.
Furthermore, I will want you to proceed to the bank and have the check cashed and after processing the check you will have your $600 part payment deducted from the money and you will Wire the remaining Money to the Photographer you are working with in California Via Western Union Money transfer. Because he is going to come over to your for shooting grand finale on the 12th of April 2008 at your Location.

So below is the Photographer's details.

NAME: ANASTISTA HALICAN
ADDRESS: 1724 Belfort St
CITY: Sacramento
STATE: CA
ZIPCODE: 95821

So after sending the money you will get back to me Via email with the below information from Western Union.

1) 10 Digits Western Union Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN)
2) Exact Amount Sent at Western Union Desk.
3) Information Used While Sending the Money (Name,Address,City,State.)

Note that you are to use part of the Companys money to pay the Western Union Charges. So you are to have this processed because we have to make necessary arrangements in you knowing the MUA you will be working with and get use to one another.

I await your Urgent response as soon as possible.
Go with God..

Regards
Juan Turner

i am so sorry that the ups package did not get to you yesterday.
Just keep an eye on it tomorrow and u will get it.
Regards
Juan turner

Yes cash the check and deduct your own part payment then have the remaining money transfered to mr Anastista halican.
Get back to me with the WU information as soon as the money has been sent to anastista halican.
Or better still,read my previous e-mail with subject (payment mailed out to you - instruction to follow today)
then with the you will know what to do.

Regards

Juan Turner


Posted by: Lauretta Theophile at Apr 9, 2008 1:33:14 PM

I got this e-mail from a guy regarding an aquarium that I am selling on recycler online. I replied to it and I told him that the aquarium will only be sold local, it will not be shipped and, for cash transaction only. Although I did send him more photos of the aquarium just in case he wanted to see how nice it is. I then did a search on google for the name and this website is the first reference.

I almost got burned with my laptop that was purchased by a guy in Nigeria two years ago in ebay. It was the money order scam with the confirmation e-mail and the whole nine yards. When I dropped off the package at my local USPS, I suddenly got suspicious and did some research onlline for scams like it. Its a good thing I was able to intercept the package before it actually flew to Nigeria because if it was already on the plane, I'm pretty sure I won't see it again.

The lesson is trust your instincts and don't believe people immediately, don't be too trustful of others. RESEARCH!!!

Posted by: Phil at Mar 4, 2008 7:50:28 AM

i got scammed from roomateclick.com for 1300 dollars, by a so called Anne_martins, so what i decided to do was anyone who ever emailed me regarding checks i would just keep pretending that i was interested, i got plenty and plenty of checks collected, sitting in a box ripped up in fed ex cardboard, im just happy they think they are getting the money, i even let them call me at some number i dont care for, and talk to them like im actually sending it, it only takes a few minutes of my time, i havent had any people send me anything int he last couple months but maurrice daniels was one of em and he waited for me to send him checks for months. I am curious to know cuz i sent my money through western union to a brian s. sine to Georgia, can they go after the ones in the united states, thanks mia.

Posted by: mia wazwaz at Mar 2, 2008 9:44:57 PM

I recently advertised 2 antique school desks on craigs list for $200. I immediatly got a hit. He confirmed he wished to purchase the desks. He told me he would be sending me a cashiers check for the desks as well as shipping. A check was delivered by UPS for $1590. I soon got an e-mail telling me he was tracking the check and knew it had been delivered. In that e-mail I was given a name Earl Samuel Piper in Las Vegas. This was his shipper whom he had referred to as "she" in the e-mail. He asked me for the reference # on the moneygram and for me to send the remaining amount to his shipper. I was curious who would be shipping the merchandise from Maryland to his shipper. Well I went to my bank which it was written on to cash it not deposit it. Bank of America. They then broke the news. It's a forgery. Mario Wayne was the person I communicated with via e-mail. Mandeep Gill was the name on the check. Leo Lichtenstein was the name on the return address of the UPS package from a robotic co. in Westminster Md. My suggestion to folks is take the check to the financial institution it is written on and cash it or take it to your own and deposit it and wait for it to clear. Mike Jeffreys Annapolis, Md.

Posted by: Mike Jeffreys at Jan 27, 2008 6:08:58 PM

Just wanted to post this email I received. Once I received it I did a google on the name and came up with more scams from this guy. Thanks for sites like this.

Best,

Skip

GEORGE COLE RIVALDO

Hi,
My name is Capt. George C. Rivaldo, I am highly interested in making payment for the room you advertised for rent, I want to make the Payment on behalf of my son whom intends to be at your location toFurther his education, so I would like you to let me know how youWill be making your charges per month.
So, try to get back to me as soon as you can and also I hope the environment is a quiet and peaceful place for him to concentrate and further his education, and note that your payment will be made to you via Cashier's check..
I look forward to receiving your response as soon as possible.
Thanks

Posted by: Skip at Jan 22, 2008 7:49:52 AM

Just wanted to post this email I received. Once I received it I did a google on the name and came up with more scams from this guy. Thanks for sites like this.

Best,

Skip

GEORGE COLE RIVALDO

Hi,
My name is Capt. George C. Rivaldo, I am highly interested in making payment for the room you advertised for rent, I want to make the Payment on behalf of my son whom intends to be at your location toFurther his education, so I would like you to let me know how youWill be making your charges per month.
So, try to get back to me as soon as you can and also I hope the environment is a quiet and peaceful place for him to concentrate and further his education, and note that your payment will be made to you via Cashier's check..
I look forward to receiving your response as soon as possible.
Thanks

Posted by: Skip at Jan 22, 2008 7:48:02 AM

Just another near casualty.
His name was Andre Nikolaev. Upon later research I found out that this name is an old time Russian CLOWN.A bit funny,but cruel, at least I didn't lose my car.

Posted by: jsue. at Jan 21, 2008 1:31:34 PM

Here is my story. Luckily I smell scam from the very beginning. I am looking for some roommate. A girl with the name of Emily Huxley sent me the second email after I asked her for deposit. When I received the check by UPS express and it looks like a fake. I asked the bank to check it for me. They confirmed it and I plan to report the FBI or local police.

Email:

How are you doing? I'm just about to tell you that you will receive the check today through ups now. Its FNB. delivered with tracking XXXX via www.ups.com. I'm happy the payment reached you. Smile.

Ok you go ahead and apply some of the money for the one month and security deposit. Am expecting at the same time you will send $1500 to my travel/shipper company through the nearest western union. Thanks. I will be parking my car in the parking lot too. Ok they are moving some few small things for me like my notebook.

Here is their western union information....

Name: Rose Burelison
Address: 10132 Vickery Ave E
City: Tacoma
State: Wa
Zip code: 98446

I believe you will have the cash today, send them my balance so i will be okay to fly in this weekend or Monday. I guess i will not change your plan too much. How do we meet? Should i just try locate myself there? I surely need small guidance. Anyway we meet soon, I'm just happy about a clean new surrounding and living with a fine china comp. scientist. I have a close asian friend once but no contact now, i believe we be friends. I guess you loving everyday over there. So shall it be for me too. Send me the MTCN control number for the transfer once you send it. Once I receive the transfer receipt, I will be provided my flight details. Is it a walking distance to the parking lot? Thank you so much.

Be happy to meet you soon on campus. God bless.

Emily.

Posted by: kkkccc at Jan 18, 2008 5:26:05 PM

My daughter was home the 1st 2 weeks of Dec. from her duty station overseas. She got a letter saying she had won a $45,000. lottery prize. She received a check for $2700. to pay 'taxes' to CANADA. Not heeding any warnings, she deposited the check in the bank. After it cleared, she made a withdrawal to send a moneygram to JOE ANDERSON in Toronto Canada. Well you know the "Rest Of The Story" . . . her account is now in arrears of $2,700. It is Sunday the 30th of Dec. She has not checked her bank account since the transaction. I took it on myself to check her account today . . . I knew it 'too good to be true'. So on we begin with the bank . . . good thing I have another day off for the holidays to begin getting something started on working this out.

Posted by: Marie at Dec 30, 2007 3:11:02 PM

Petfinder has been receiving complaints about this problem for years, but thus far does nothing. Many sites like Freecycle issue strong warnings about Nigerian scams for their advertisers. Petfinder makes the deliberate choice not to act. Shameful.

Posted by: Tnu at Dec 13, 2007 12:48:59 PM

Petfinder has been receiving complaints about this problem for years, but thus far does nothing. Many sites like Freecycle issue strong warnings about Nigerian scams for their advertisers. Petfinder makes the deliberate choice not to act. Shameful.

Posted by: Tnu at Dec 13, 2007 12:48:38 PM

Good Afternoon,
I have an ad on Craigslist selling a Lincoln Navigator. This is the 2 emails that I have received:




From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com

To Rachel Kelly ,
I forwarded the information of your vehicle to our client who is interested in buying used Vehicle. Our Client was very pleased with the features and requested that I should make the Necessary arrangements to seal up the transaction as soon as possible.


Get back to me with the following questions
1. Price.
2. Reason for selling the vehicle.
3. State the present condition of the vehicle at the moment.
4. Location of the vehicle.
5. Recent pictures (both interior and exterior)
6. How long have you used the vehicle?


About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

And





From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com



I have a new contract with GM Europe . My client has finally agreed to sign a certified cashiers check of ($12,000 ) to your name and address for the purchase of your vehicle .

General Motors UK will be responsible for the pick up and shipping of the Vehicle .

Our Shipping/ pick up agent will be coming for the pick up of the car from its present location and then drive to a pre-paid shipper for shipment and to conclude other necessary shipping arrangements. The Title papers and other necessary documents will be signed and collected by the pick up agent .

Please confirm provide you name, address and phone number for check payment to be delivered to you via FedEx courier.





About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

For the record, I am not a very trusting person and had to wonder why the Managing Director of GMChina needed a used Lincoln Navigator. I did a little background checking and all is not as it appears to be. Not like I didn't know that already. When I sell my vehicle it will be to someone who is standing in front of me with cash. This is the email addy of the fool...generalmotors@execs.com. And it had the GM logo on the email. Too bad I don't have any Mafia cousins to send after them.
Thank you for listening to my rant.
Rachel Kelly

Posted by: Rachel Kelly at Nov 29, 2007 2:10:37 PM

Good Afternoon,
I have an ad on Craigslist selling a Lincoln Navigator. This is the 2 emails that I have received:




From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com

To Rachel Kelly ,
I forwarded the information of your vehicle to our client who is interested in buying used Vehicle. Our Client was very pleased with the features and requested that I should make the Necessary arrangements to seal up the transaction as soon as possible.


Get back to me with the following questions
1. Price.
2. Reason for selling the vehicle.
3. State the present condition of the vehicle at the moment.
4. Location of the vehicle.
5. Recent pictures (both interior and exterior)
6. How long have you used the vehicle?


About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

And





From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com



I have a new contract with GM Europe . My client has finally agreed to sign a certified cashiers check of ($12,000 ) to your name and address for the purchase of your vehicle .

General Motors UK will be responsible for the pick up and shipping of the Vehicle .

Our Shipping/ pick up agent will be coming for the pick up of the car from its present location and then drive to a pre-paid shipper for shipment and to conclude other necessary shipping arrangements. The Title papers and other necessary documents will be signed and collected by the pick up agent .

Please confirm provide you name, address and phone number for check payment to be delivered to you via FedEx courier.





About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

For the record, I am not a very trusting person and had to wonder why the Managing Director of GMChina needed a used Lincoln Navigator. I did a little background checking and all is not as it appears to be. Not like I didn't know that already. When I sell my vehicle it will be to someone who is standing in front of me with cash. This is the email addy of the fool...generalmotors@execs.com. And it had the GM logo on the email. Too bad I don't have any Mafia cousins to send after them.
Thank you for listening to my rant.
Rachel Kelly

Posted by: Rachel Kelly at Nov 29, 2007 2:09:17 PM

Good Afternoon,
I have an ad on Craigslist selling a Lincoln Navigator. This is the 2 emails that I have received:




From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com

To Rachel Kelly ,
I forwarded the information of your vehicle to our client who is interested in buying used Vehicle. Our Client was very pleased with the features and requested that I should make the Necessary arrangements to seal up the transaction as soon as possible.


Get back to me with the following questions
1. Price.
2. Reason for selling the vehicle.
3. State the present condition of the vehicle at the moment.
4. Location of the vehicle.
5. Recent pictures (both interior and exterior)
6. How long have you used the vehicle?


About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

And





From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com



I have a new contract with GM Europe . My client has finally agreed to sign a certified cashiers check of ($12,000 ) to your name and address for the purchase of your vehicle .

General Motors UK will be responsible for the pick up and shipping of the Vehicle .

Our Shipping/ pick up agent will be coming for the pick up of the car from its present location and then drive to a pre-paid shipper for shipment and to conclude other necessary shipping arrangements. The Title papers and other necessary documents will be signed and collected by the pick up agent .

Please confirm provide you name, address and phone number for check payment to be delivered to you via FedEx courier.





About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

For the record, I am not a very trusting person and had to wonder why the Managing Director of GMChina needed a used Lincoln Navigator. I did a little background checking and all is not as it appears to be. Not like I didn't know that already. When I sell my vehicle it will be to someone who is standing in front of me with cash. This is the email addy of the fool...generalmotors@execs.com. And it had the GM logo on the email. Too bad I don't have any Mafia cousins to send after them.
Thank you for listening to my rant.
Rachel Kelly

Posted by: Rachel Kelly at Nov 29, 2007 2:08:33 PM

Good Afternoon,
I have an ad on Craigslist selling a Lincoln Navigator. This is the 2 emails that I have received:




From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com

To Rachel Kelly ,
I forwarded the information of your vehicle to our client who is interested in buying used Vehicle. Our Client was very pleased with the features and requested that I should make the Necessary arrangements to seal up the transaction as soon as possible.


Get back to me with the following questions
1. Price.
2. Reason for selling the vehicle.
3. State the present condition of the vehicle at the moment.
4. Location of the vehicle.
5. Recent pictures (both interior and exterior)
6. How long have you used the vehicle?


About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

And





From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com



I have a new contract with GM Europe . My client has finally agreed to sign a certified cashiers check of ($12,000 ) to your name and address for the purchase of your vehicle .

General Motors UK will be responsible for the pick up and shipping of the Vehicle .

Our Shipping/ pick up agent will be coming for the pick up of the car from its present location and then drive to a pre-paid shipper for shipment and to conclude other necessary shipping arrangements. The Title papers and other necessary documents will be signed and collected by the pick up agent .

Please confirm provide you name, address and phone number for check payment to be delivered to you via FedEx courier.





About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

For the record, I am not a very trusting person and had to wonder why the Managing Director of GMChina needed a used Lincoln Navigator. I did a little background checking and all is not as it appears to be. Not like I didn't know that already. When I sell my vehicle it will be to someone who is standing in front of me with cash. This is the email addy of the fool...generalmotors@execs.com. And it had the GM logo on the email. Too bad I don't have any Mafia cousins to send after them.
Thank you for listening to my rant.
Rachel Kelly

Posted by: Rachel Kelly at Nov 29, 2007 2:08:25 PM

Good Afternoon,
I have an ad on Craigslist selling a Lincoln Navigator. This is the 2 emails that I have received:




From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com

To Rachel Kelly ,
I forwarded the information of your vehicle to our client who is interested in buying used Vehicle. Our Client was very pleased with the features and requested that I should make the Necessary arrangements to seal up the transaction as soon as possible.


Get back to me with the following questions
1. Price.
2. Reason for selling the vehicle.
3. State the present condition of the vehicle at the moment.
4. Location of the vehicle.
5. Recent pictures (both interior and exterior)
6. How long have you used the vehicle?


About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

And





From
Kevin wale
Managing director
General Motor Company
247 Charlton road kingswood
Bristol BS15 1LT
England , United kingdom
+447024034001
www.gmeurope.com



I have a new contract with GM Europe . My client has finally agreed to sign a certified cashiers check of ($12,000 ) to your name and address for the purchase of your vehicle .

General Motors UK will be responsible for the pick up and shipping of the Vehicle .

Our Shipping/ pick up agent will be coming for the pick up of the car from its present location and then drive to a pre-paid shipper for shipment and to conclude other necessary shipping arrangements. The Title papers and other necessary documents will be signed and collected by the pick up agent .

Please confirm provide you name, address and phone number for check payment to be delivered to you via FedEx courier.





About General Motors :

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 284,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2006, GM sold 9.1 million cars and trucks globally. In 2006, GM – for the first time – sold more than 2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 9.2 percent.

For the record, I am not a very trusting person and had to wonder why the Managing Director of GMChina needed a used Lincoln Navigator. I did a little background checking and all is not as it appears to be. Not like I didn't know that already. When I sell my vehicle it will be to someone who is standing in front of me with cash. This is the email addy of the fool...generalmotors@execs.com. And it had the GM logo on the email. Too bad I don't have any Mafia cousins to send after them.
Thank you for listening to my rant.
Rachel Kelly

Posted by: Rachel Kelly at Nov 29, 2007 2:08:18 PM

Just got this e-mail and decided to do a search for this company and ScamSafe came up. Clearly seems to be a scam.
Orange Street,Leicester Square,London, WC2H 7HR ...email: godchoosenfabrics01@gmail.comCOMPANY WORKING HOUR'S9:00am to 6:pm all days. As part of my expansion program,GOD CHOOSEN FABRICS LTD is looking forsomeone to WORK PART TIME/FROM HOME as a Representative/Book keeper,itpays $1500 a month plus benefits and takes only little of your time. Please contact us for more details .Requirements#Your full name:#Your full home address (STREET,CITY, STATE ANDZIPCODE):#Your age,#Occupation:#marital status:#direct contact telephone number (VALID ANDWORKING):#Your email address:- Should be a computer Literate. 3-5 hours access to the internetweekly.Must be over 18yrs of age. Must be Efficient and Dedicated. If you are interested and need more information,Please send e-mail togodchoosenfabrics01@gmail.comWARMEST REGARD, FROM: CEO /REV ROBERT PAUL.GOD CHOOSEN FABRICS LTD.

Posted by: clyde at Nov 25, 2007 6:31:19 PM

PLEASE READ!

A few days ago I posted my resume on a job hunting website. It included my email address. A day later I receive the following email:

CARIE TEXTILES FABRICS LTD.UK,
THIS IS PART TIME JOB OFFER,
Needs a book-keeper
(financial Representative) in the United State Of America, so I want to know if you will like to work online from home and get paid without leaving or affecting your present job. we need someone to work for the company as a Financial Representative/ book keeper in the states. The company produces various clothing materials, batiks, assorted Fabrics and Traditional costume which we have clients we supply weekly in the States.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO FOR US?
The Company needs a financial representative in the USA who will serve Has our Agent in processing any of our funds made out to us by our USA customers And Clients in us money orders or cashiers check this is because this legal Entity Takes a long period of time to clear in our banks in UK and due to Frequent Request and supplies of product we do not meet our demand due to this Failure So that why we seek your time and assistance.

JOB DESCRIPTION
1. Receive payment from Clients
2. Cash Payments at your Bank
3. Deduct 10% which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the Offices you will be contacted to send payment to (Payment is to Forwarded either By Money Gram or Western Union Money Transfer).

HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN?
10% from each operation! For instance: you receive 6000 USD via checks1 or money Orders on our behalf. You will cash the money and keep $600 (10% from $6000) for yourself! At the beginning your commission will equal 10%, though later it will increase up to 12%!

DO YOU NEED TO PAY FOR THE TRANSFER FEE FROM YOUR PERCENTAGE?
No you do not have to; all necessary transfer fees should be deducted From the Balance after you must have cashed and deduct your 10% of total money Received While finish cashing.

ADVANTAGES
You do not have to go out as you will work as an independent contractor Right From your home / office. Your job is absolutely legal. You can earn up To $3000 - 4000 monthly depending on time you will spend for this job. You do not need any capital to start. You can do the Work easily without leaving or affecting your present Job. The employees who make efforts and work Hard have a strong possibility to become managers. Anyway ouremployees never leave us due To our excellent work condition.

MAIN REQUIREMENTS
18 years or older legally capable Responsible Ready to work 3-4 hours per week.With PC knowledge E-mail and internet experience (minimal) If you are interested in our offer, and would like to work for CARIE TEXTILES FABRICS LTD.UK, kindly get back to us via email with the requested details.

FULL NAME:
CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIPCODE:
PERSONAL CELL PHONE NUMBER:
SEX:
AGE:
DRIVER LIENCENSE NUMBER (OPTIONAL)
PRESENT JOB, IF EMPLOYED

And please know that everything is absolutely legal,that's why you have to fill An AGREEMENT FORM! This AGREEMENT FORM will definitely be email to you by ME right after your application must have been received and the information required

I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE...............
REGARDS
MR BILLY DUSTAN
Personnel Manager,
CARIE TEXTILES FABRICS LTD.UK
303 Brampton Road,
SW32DY.London
+447024068397
+447045758667
you can also visit our website on www.ctfl.scriptmania.com for more information.

______________________________________

So, like an idiot I replied to the email to find out more about the job, because I am a student desperate to make money at this point. After finding out more, they sent me an "agreement form" which was just an email saying that I would cash the checks they send and then wire them the money. Then all I had to do was type my name at the bottom. So I did so.

Two days later I receive a fed ex package with a cashier's check inside for a total of $4550. It looks like an actual Navy Federal Credit Union Check, watermark, routing number, signature and all. Before I went and cashed it though, I went to do some looking around on the internet and thank god I found this site. Now I have no doubt it is a fake check, but it looks 100% real, which is why you never can tell. I now know not to cash it and to report this fraud to authorities.

My advice... NEVER, and I mean NEVER accept a job unless you are invited to an actual job interview, receive copies of legal documentation, and receive an legit paycheck.

It would be a felony for me just to cash this check not even knowing it was phoney!!!!!!!!

Posted by: STB at Nov 10, 2007 4:20:47 PM

Here I am posting one of the e-mail that I keep receiving as to make everyone aware.

Hello,
Thank you for your response and I hope we are working sincerely with each other. What you will do for the company is that, my clients make payments for our supplies every week in form of money orders and cashiers check which are not readily cashable outside the US {JUST BECAUSE THIS US MONEY ORDERS CAN ONLY BE CASHED WITHIN THE US} and for the other, it'll take several days for us to get the check cashed so we need someone in the states to work as our representative and assist us in processing the payments from our clients and I will pay him/her a weekly salary {YOU WILL BE PAID 10% FOR EACH TRANSACTION AND WE NORMALLY GET PAID 3 TIMES A WEEK FROM OUR CLIENTS}

All you need to do is receive this payment from our client in the States, you can get it cashed at the bank and then deduct your weekly pay i.e 10% and forward the balance to the company down here via western union money transfer. You will keep all western union transfer receipts used and forward them to us from time to time, you will also record all transactions on your computer both offline and online in case of any emergency references.

We would have told our clients to send the money directly to us via western union but it has been a tradition for them to pay us via US MONEY ORDERS/CHECKS and our former representative has been relieved.

Our payments will be issued out in your name and you get them cashed at the bank, (tax charges on your account will be deducted from our pockets not yours ,so you do not have to worry about that) and then deduct your salary and forward the balance to the company via money transfer method i did mention earlier on.
So all I need is to forward your information to our numerous clients in the state and they issue payment in form of MONEY ORDERS /CHECKS then send it via courier or mail to you.

I will need your FULL NAME ,CONTACT ADRESS (NO P.O.BOX) AND PHONE NUMBER {Home and Mobile}so we can forward it to our clients and they will start making payments to you as the companies representative in the states.
We will call you as soon as you send all necessary informations to confirm all these details.
I hope it is great doing business with you.

Thanks and I await your response.
Stay blessed.

MILES GREEN .

This is the letter I received offering me a stay at home job while cashing checks for this supposed to be international company. PEOPLE, BEWARE OF THESE SCAMS!!! or POSSIBLE SCAMS!!!

I hope that this information gets out there before it starts hurting people. I truly believe that this here is another scam to steal from peoples hard earned money. This here is one of many that I receive on a daily basis. i hope it gets investigated and if not I do hope keeps people from falling into scams.


sincerely,
Maria Mansingh

Posted by: Maria Mansingh at Nov 1, 2007 11:32:37 AM

I have been receiving e-mails of suppose to be European companies that need people to cash their checks for them. Supposely, I am to cash the checks and keep 10% and Western Union the difference to the company. I have been very warry of this since if they claim that they are an international company why do they need people to cash these companies checks and Western Union the difference. What has really cought my attention is the fact that they specifically ask for one to use my personal bank account to cash these checks and Western Union to send the difference.

I just received another e-mail this morning from an international fabric company. I just deleted, but after reading these here, I decided to mention about this stay at home bussiness where you just work three hours a day and supposed to make so much money cashing these companies checks.
Now I know is Fraud!

Posted by: Maria Mansingh at Nov 1, 2007 11:21:45 AM

hello
i know you must have gotten the check via ups i will like to know what his going on and have you email the shipper to tell you what to do next ?

:


Pete Hagstrom wrote:Benson,

Is there another way we can arrange for this transaction... I have never done this before and I really don't want to get screwed here... I am asking for $500 for the two guitars. My address is as follows...

Pete Hagstrom
431 21st NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
52402

I would like to move fwd with this transaction but I am confused on the method payments... I have a pay pal account if this is easier we can do it this way as well... I don't understand the payment method... Sorry Benson... If you could call me, this transaction could be a little easier.. Thanks!!


benson marthins wrote:

hello
i have to let you know that i have a shipping company and there money will added to money sent to you all you need to do his when you get the check cash it deduct your money and send the rest money to my shipper so they can come for pickup if you agree on this get back to me with your payment details so i can mail you payment very fast.
Pete Hagstrom wrote: Benson,

Benson,
Thanks again for your prompt email response...
Where are you from? Here is the post on Craigs List... http://cedarrapids.craigslist.org/msg/443293778.html

I will not pay for the shipping costs... If you would like to have someone pick the guitars up would be greatly appreciated... Otherwise I can send it ground at your perferable carrier... Let me know.. Also I will not send the guitars out of state until the check would clear... Here is my phone number if you are serious about this transaction Benson... 319-431-5141 Please call me to discuss these matters of negotiation... Thanks!!

benson marthins wrote:


Thanks for the quick respond,once am
ok with the price i will be glad if you can
send your full Name and Address to
issue and mail out the payment in time
so by tomorrow or next, you will recieve
it via UPS mail .also can you send the
rest fund added to the payment back to
my shipper for the pick up?b'cos i have
my personal global shipping company.
Thanks.
Pete Hagstrom wrote: 1) Guitars are in Mint condition
2) I am pretty sure that the pics are online but I will send them to you if needed...
3) The final asking price is $500 for both guitars... One is an Ebony PR-5E Acoustic/Electric and the other is a Epiphone/Gibson Electric... I really don't even know the make and or model of this guitar... The guitar might be worth quite a bit... I do not accept Cachier Cheque until the check would obviously clear... If you are local, I will bring the guitars to you... Both guitars come with guitar cases... The acoustic/electric comes with a hard case and the electric comes with a soft case... Let me know if you are still interested... Thanks for everything Benson and if you need anymore questions please call at 319-431-5141...

benson marthins wrote:
Hello
I saw your advert on website and am in interested in your purchase,but before we start this transaction i will like you to answer my important question as follow
(1) what is the condition of the item?
(2) I will like to see the pics of the item
(3) What is the final asking price of it?
(4) Do you accept (Cashier cheque)
(5) Did you agree that my shipper will come to your doorstep for the pick up?
(6) Will you be able to send the excess fund to the shipping company for the pick up? because shipping cost will be added to the payment sending to you.
(7)If you are okay with all this question You are to send yourNAME,ADDRESS,CITY,STATE,POSTCODE,TEL # to mail out the payment
Today
"Thes this is what he tells me, HELLO,
THE CHECK SHOULD CLEAR BY NOW,KINDLY BE MAN OF YOUR WORD AND HAVE THE MONEY SENT VIA WESTERN UNION TO THE SHIPPER TODAY AND GET BACK WITH WIRING INFORMATION AS SOON AS YOU SEND THE MONEY TODAY THANKS.

So then I realize that this is not right and something is definately going on here so

Daniel Alan posts:


Hello,
Thanks for your Swift respone and kind gesture,since you already got the cheque all you need to do now is deduct your own money and send the rest of funds via Western Union Money Transfer to the Info Below and get back to me as soon as possible within 24hours with the Western Union Info..

Here is the info to send the left over funds via Western Union to:

Name:Daniel Alan
Address:20 CLEM ROAD
City:AKODIRI
Zip Code:22001
State:PORT NOVO
Country:REPUBLIC OF BENIN

After funds have been transferred via Western Union Transfer Sameday you get the check email me the wiring infos below.

1.10 DIGIT MTCN#(MONEY TRANSFER CONTROL NUMBER)
2.SENDERS FIRST AND LAST NAME AND ADDRESS
3.TOTAL AMOUNT SENT
4.TEST QUESTION AND ANSWER...NAME OF RECIEVER..........ANS..DANIEL

Kindly email me all these INFORMATION as soon as you send the funds
Thanks.


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Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 11:21:05 -0700
From: pete_hagstrom@yahoo.com
Subject: Hey
To: bookdanielinc@hotmail.com

what do i do next with the check?

From: "Daniel Alan" Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
To: "Pete Hagstrom"
Subject: RE: INSTRUCTIONS
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 16:51:55 -0600
Why did u have to keep someone money that is not belong to you?...Do not try to play any smart games or i will report you to my cousin Alan Tarloy the head of FBI in WI and they will trace and fuck ur ass....

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 14:56:32 -0700
From: pete_hagstrom@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: INSTRUCTIONS
To: bookdanielinc@hotmail.com

I think I am just going to keep all the money... Thanks !!

Daniel Alan wrote:

Hello,
Thanks for your Swift respone and kind gesture,since you already got the cheque all you need to do now is deduct your own money and send the rest of funds via Western Union Money Transfer to the Info Below and get back to me as soon as possible within 24hours with the Western Union Info..

Here is the info to send the left over funds via Western Union to:

Name:Daniel Alan
Address:20 CLEM ROAD
City:AKODIRI
Zip Code:22001
State:PORT NOVO
Country:REPUBLIC OF BENIN

After funds have been transferred via Western Union Transfer Sameday you get the check email me the wiring infos below.

1.10 DIGIT MTCN#(MONEY TRANSFER CONTROL NUMBER)
2.SENDERS FIRST AND LAST NAME AND ADDRESS
3.TOTAL AMOUNT SENT
4.TEST QUESTION AND ANSWER...NAME OF RECIEVER..........ANS..DANIEL

Kindly email me all these INFORMATION as soon as you send the funds
Thanks.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 11:21:05 -0700
From: pete_hagstrom@yahoo.com
Subject: Hey
To: bookdanielinc@hotmail.com

what do i do next with the check?


Posted by: Pete at Oct 15, 2007 9:16:05 AM

Last month I sold something on Craig's List with an asking price of $800 and I got a response the next day from a person named Andrew Dominic. He asked me the basic questions, condition of the item, final asking price, etc...and when I told him to call me because I had a few questions, he responded WITHOUT answering my questions asking for my contact information because he was going to send me a certified cashier's check to hasten the transaction and also in the interest of protection between he and I. I gave him my work address because I didn't want him to have my home address and when I showed up to work a few days later, UPS came by to deliver the check to me and right away, I got this email from him:

Hello,
I will like to tell you that i track the status of the

check and can confirm to you that it has been

delivered via UPS. Pls do get back to me to

confirm that you got the check and will like to tell

you that.. if you have gotten the check you can go

ahead and cash it and as soon as you cash it... you

deduct you amount in the amount of ($800) and

send the excess amount of ($2190 minus western

union fees) via western union near you.. to my

shipper can come for pickup asap.
Below is my shipper information:

NAME : Patricia Delgrosso
CITY : North Tonawanda
STATE: NY
ZIPCODE: 14120

Just send the excess fund to the shipper info as i

have give you above..and after you send it via

western union....get back to me with necessary

infos like MTCN#, Actual Amount Sent, and

Sender Name..
I do hope to hear from you soonest..
Thanks
570-234-1135

Well, like an idiot I deposited the check into my account because I thought it was real. Thank God the bank only let me have an available balance of $100 dollars because I would have taken out what he asked me to take out and wire it to him. He emailed me earlier today asking for status on the check he sent me under the name ALBERT DOMINIC. I feel so stupid. Anyway, now my ATM card is closed and my account is frozen. What happens to me now?!!! Am I in as much trouble as I think I'm in?!!! Please HELP!

Posted by: Jen at Oct 13, 2007 12:12:11 AM

I recently placed an ad on petfinder, and recieved several responces. One that particularly stood out was from a guy named MARK-MATT. He conviced me that he was a family man, married with a 12 year old daughter who really wanted a pet. He wanted two kittens and the kittens where only $10.00 for adoption fee. Well he offered $100.00 and asked me to take down my ad so nobody would out bid him. I did not take the ad down, but I believed him so I promised him to two kittens of his choice. Then I didn't hear from him, so I e-mailed him to see if he still wanted the kittens because other people wanted them. Of course, he still wanted them and said the money was on the way via UPS. Again, I thought it was true because it was coming through UPS. The next day he e-mailed me saying the CASHIERS CHECK would be here and it was for $1400 and I was to deducted my $100.00 and the rest($1300.00) was to be paid to a HIGHWAY SHIPPING AGENCY1 @YAHOO.COM. Well the check came for $1400.00 which looked so real. I then took it to my credit union to cash and the lady left me standing there for about ten minutes then came back saying it was a out of state check and I would have to deposit it for seven days until it cleared. Well thinking this guys shipping company is coming tomarrow I have to pay them, the bank never told me they thought it was fake they just treated me like I was trying to pass a bad check. After felling like a idiot, I went home to research this check and I found that HIGHWAY SHIPPING AGENCY DOES NOT EXSIST! The check also was from BANK OF AMERICA WITH NO ADDRESS! except that it was from Atlanta, Goergia and the company name on it was WESTERN GAS RESOURCES.INC. from Denver CO.. But the postage said it went through California from UPS. Once again, he said he was from New Hampshire and the money that I was supposed to send was going to a guy named ALOU MAKADAKI ( in NY,NY) Why wasn't it going to that shipping company? well he said that guy was the accountant!I am very scared I have a terminally ill child, and four other children! Iam afraid for their safety!!! Because Iwas to trusting ,Unfortunately I had given this fool my phone number because I was new to this sort of stuff so I made him believe I did everything he asked me to do, now he has been calling my house all night, at 2:00and 3:00am and is stil calling every ten minutes. acting like I am the rip-off! What can I do? Who can help? Do I call the police? All I wanted to do is find loving homes for the kittens after the neighbor dumped her pregnant cat, I was trying to do a good thing! I feel so stupid..Where do I report this? The only good thing is I never cashed the check!!!!!!!

Posted by: Angela Neal at Oct 6, 2007 6:13:50 AM

I had my car posted on craigslist for 6500, my first response was from a guy named "Smith Lanbo" he asked me these following questions.......

Hello,

I am interested in the immediate purchase of your item placed on Craigslist and I will like to ask few questions before I proceed on the purchase.

1 :- Is the item available for sale ?

2 :- What is the condition of the item ?

3 :- Do you accept a cashiers check as mode of payment?

4 :- Where is the item located ?

5 :- What is the final price of the item ?

6 :- Will you be able to send more pictures to see how it look likes ?

7 :-Will you allow my Shipper come to your house for the pick up of the item cos I don't want you to worry yourself about the shipping of the item.?

8 :- Will you be able to wire the Shipping fess via western union money transfer to my shipper cos the total payment which include the shipping charges and some other commissions needed to get the item to its destination would be issued altogether on the check?

9 :- If accepted kindly get back to me with your full name and contact address including your phone number so that my client can mail out the check right away?

Thanks

Smith Cole


I responded to everything besides my address and phone number, he responded to me RIGHT AWAY asking for my address. I didnt want to give him my home address so i gave him my work address....i then told him i will not accept a check that the buyer must meet with me in person and come to the bank to make sure it clears. i did not hear anything back from him, my car has already sold, then this morning a week and a half later i get an email saying....


Hello Christine,

Goodday! i just heard back from my client, that the payment is around the corner . i was notified that you will be receiving the payment soonest infact to be precise by TODAY the payment is actually coming via UPS courier service. so i will like you to get me updated once you receive it, and here is the ups tracking number 1Z505R7R0192984683...ok? i understand that no letter was attached with the payment because he sent the payment in a hurry, so no instruction was contained with the payment .....ok? it is pertinent that you follow my instructions contained in this email. the excess funds is to be sent to my shipper that will be coming around to pick the item from you .i have gotten the shipper details ,they are as stated below:

Name.... DANIEL ALAN
Address...... 20 CLEM ROAD
City............AKODIRI
State..........PORT NOVO
Zip Code....22001
Country.....REPUBLIC OF
BENIN


TEXT QUESTION........COLOUR OF THE SKY
ANSWER...............BLUE

You are expected to take the payment to your bank or any cashing stores or bereau de change around you for immediate cash. as soon as you have the cash at hands, deduct the amount for your item and the $100 my client promise to compesate you for the whole delay and send all the rest funds in US dollars to my shipper via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER. the western union charges should be deducted from the excess funds ....ok? i am sure you will get a western union outlet around you there. make sure you send to me the transfer information( i.e SENDER NAME,RECIVER NAME, MTCN, question and answer if there is any, amount sent after western union charges.) via email as soon as the transfer is made via western union money transfer. immediately my shipper receives the funds , i shall ask him to call you on the phone ; both of you can discuss a convenient pick up time and location of the item.

Please i will like you to email me immediately you have this email so that i can get updated about things from your end and also confirm to me that you got my email . i am assuming that this transaction will be completed in a timely manner without any delay. so you are free to proceed to the necessary exercise soon as you receive payment and hopeful to hear from you immediately.

I await your quick response and ever grateful for your patience and understanding.

Many Thanks

Two hours later this morning i did receive the check for $10,450 out of no where who says it was written by an insurance company!!! Obvious scam attempt, I ripped up the check.
Beware!

Posted by: Christine at Sep 7, 2007 3:24:47 PM

i received a cashiers check there was no address listed of the bank and no return address i have not cashed it as there also is no return address what do i do

Posted by: cathy at Aug 16, 2007 6:47:07 AM

dont trust a man by the name of "george cole rivaldo" especially if you list things on craigslist

Posted by: esther at Aug 9, 2007 10:04:10 AM

I also got the same type of email:

From: Allan Maurrice [mailto:newdawn_100@yahoo.com]
Sent: Mon 7/30/2007 6:26 AM
To: Lemieux, Shannon
Subject: RE:


Hey Lemieux,
How are you doing?The package will be delivered to you via UPS this morning ..So once you get the Cashiers Check go and cash at your bank deduct the rent and utilities for one month and send $2000 directly to the ticket agent guy here is the information via western union and send the remaining to me

Waltham KIDBROKE
90 Cructhley Rd,Catford ,London SE6 1QJ


And here is my information you need

Miguel Maurrice
52 Hexford Rd,Totteham,N15 5AD


Once you done both transaction via western union email me immediately with the transaction details such as mtcn number,amount sent after western union charges among others.
Look forward to read from you soonest.
Thanks for your anticipated coopeartion and assistance.
See you Soon Roomie.
Have a great day.
Regards
Allan


This guy is scum and does not care who he hurts or tries to... I did not see this website at first, but I was very wary of this Cashier's Check... you know the old saying :If it seems to good to be true it probably is... Well I went to my bank and talked to them about it and they would not cash it stating that it was fraudulent... so at least they will willing to really look into it... After that I found this site and saw that "Allan" has struck many more times so I sent him an email:

Hi Allan,

My bank will not cash the check - they say it is fraudulent. They have kept the check and will not return it to me as they state they are contacting the authorities. I really believed you to be a truthful person! Why would you do this to me???? What did I ever do to deserve something like this?

What a horrible thing to do to someone! How do you sleep at night???

You really need to analyze your life and verify if this is really who you want to be Allan, or Ben, or Maurrice Kidman, or Thomas Gilford, or any of the other names you may be calling yourself these days.


Anyways to all of you out there - If someone sends you a check or money order asking for you to send money back 100% of the time it is Fraudulent... If it sounds too good to be true...


Posted by: Shannon at Aug 2, 2007 12:31:39 PM

I don't know what to do to get back at the scammer that's sending me a cashiers check. I tipped the FBI, but I doubt they'll actually do anything.

I was thinking I'll email the guy and say something along the lines of "I was called out of town for business and there's no way I can get to the check you sent me for the next 3 weeks. I know your shipping agent needs the money ASAP, so can you western union me the same ammount, I'll keep my asking price, minus $100 for the inconvenience, and western union the rest to your shipper. Then when I can get to the check, I'll cash it and western union all of it back to you." or something like that... I think he might take the bait, since he's that greedy, and maybe I'll end up ripping HIM off.

Of would that be completely wrong and illegal in every way? I mean, if he can do it without fear of law enforcement, what's to stop me from doing it back to him? Please email me and let me know what you think.

Posted by: aaron at Aug 1, 2007 2:59:03 PM

Hi there,

I'm Ben Maurrice from Roommates,a
Systems Engineer based in the UK.

I have been seconded for a project management course in the United States
which spans between six to twelve months starting by First Week in July.

I was looking for a room in the area and I read up your
profile.I think your offer is good,and I want to take
it.

This I can tell you about myself,I'm a
straightforward,fun loving,outgoing kinda person,and
want similar qualities in a roommate.
During free times,I listen to music,watch tv,or go clubbing.

Pls get back to me A.S.A.P telling me whether or
not your offer is still on,and if you think we could
make a good match.You could also have pics of the room
sent to me so I could have a clearer view of what the
room looks like.
Looking forward to read from you.

Email your response to newdawn101@gmail.com
Ben


Apparently he's everywhere.... this was on roommates.com

Posted by: JF at Jun 23, 2007 6:36:11 AM

I just had this kid that was looking for a place to stay. Here is a copy of what the first email said:
"I'm Maurrice Kidman from Roommates,a
Systems Engineer based in the UK.

I have been seconded for a project management course in the United States
which spans between six to twelve months starting by First week in June.

I was looking for a room in the area and I read up your
profile.I think your offer is good,and I want to take
it.

This I can tell you about myself,I'm a
straightforward,fun loving,outgoing kinda person,and
want similar qualities in a roommate.
During free times,I listen to music,watch tv,or go clubbing.

Pls get back to me A.S.A.P telling me whether or
not your offer is still on,and if you think we could
make a good match.You could also have pics of the room
sent to me so I could have a clearer view of what the
room looks like.
Looking forward to read from you.

Email your response to newdawn70@gmail.com
Maurrice"

Here's the last email I got from him with the info of what to do:

"The package will be delivered to you via UPS tommorrow morning. So once you get the Cashiers Check go and cash at your bank deduct the rent and
utilities for one month and send $2000 directly to the ticket agent guy here is the information via western union and send the remainig to me

Here is the ticket agent's Info below you need to send $2000 via western union

Eltham WOODMAN
54 Cructhley Rd,London SE6 1QJ


And here is my information you need

Maurrice KIDMAN
12 Verdant Lane,London N15 AG



Once you done both transaction via western union email me immediately with the transaction details such as mtcn number,amount sent after western union charges among others.
Look forward to read from you soonest.
Thanks for your anticipated coopeartion and assistance.
See you Soon Roomie.
Have a great day.
Regards
Maurrice"

I asked him who he works for but he didn't say. Thats when I was a little fishy.

I went to the bank to cash it and told them I needed to deposit my cash then send the rest to Western Union. I showed her the email with info on it. So the banker talked to her manager and came back and said it was Counterfeit.

Posted by: Jeff Zomerlei at May 23, 2007 1:09:35 PM

Hi Danielle,
I'm sure you are aware of this,but do you know if there is anything that can be done since these people are using western union to scam these people?


Leila Hughes

Posted by: Danielle scott at May 12, 2007 10:15:31 AM

I dealt with postal money orders that were fake. These two scammers were asking about an item that I was selling for ten dollars. They send four money orders totalling 3400.00 I go to cash them and they were fake. I was smart not to send them the item I was selling.

Posted by: Jared Heyde at Apr 18, 2007 8:10:31 AM

Hello,
i recently got an offer on my car which i was selling for 14,500. The offer was for 23,000 and i was supposed to send the remaining balance to his shipping agent. I told him that no transaction will be made until at least 10 days after depositing the check and that i will only complete the deal by paying in cash from the 23,000 that he sent me if he sends someone in person to complete the transaction. Is there any way that i can be 100% possitive that the cashiers check is not a fraud?

Posted by: Ryan at Apr 11, 2007 6:53:40 PM

Fraud Fraud Fraud Cashier Check from other countries are a huge scam thanks to this site and ftc I caught on to it we were renting a room to a foreign national relocating to the US CHECK OUT THE EMAILS:

Hey Paola,
You will also send whatever funds that is left after you've decuted the rent for one month to me .
You are sending the $2200 to the ticket agent (Elias KIDBROKE) and whatever that is left to me (Thomas Gilford) once you deducted your own rent for one month.
See you soon Roomie
Thanks
Thomas


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:25:59 -0700
From: newdawn_59@yahoo.com
Subject: RE: Roommate
To: paola_conde11@hotmail.com


Hey Paola,
How are you doing?The package will be delivered to you via fedex tommorrow morning by 10.30am.So once you get the Cashiers Check go and cash at your bank deduct the rent and
utilities for one month and send $2200 directly to the ticket agent guy here is the information via western union and send the remaining to me once you've deducted the rent and utilities for one month.

Elias KIDBROKE
54 Cructhley Rd,Catford ,London SE6 1QJ


And here is my information you need

Thomas Gilford
69 Doxam Road,Lewisham SE13 5JD



Once you done both transaction via western union email me immediately with the transaction details such as mtcn number,amount sent after western union charges among others.
Look forward to read from you soonest.
Thanks for your anticipated coopeartion and assistance.
See you Soon Roomie.
Have a great day.
Regards
Thomas

Fedex requires a signature upon delivery so ensure you are home to sign for the package.


THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REPORTED, KEEP IN MIND THEY ARE PROFESSIONAL ! PROFESSIONAL SCAM ARTIST.

Posted by: Paola/Gabriel at Apr 11, 2007 10:28:24 AM

I'm in the middle of what i think is a scam right now, who do I contact so i can try to catch the person before they suspect that I'm on to them?

Posted by: helen at Apr 4, 2007 12:00:47 PM

I decided after reading all these statements that I recently have gone thru the same problem except i still have the checks.. Which both checks are over the limit of what i said in my ad..haven't cashed them..went to send the one back to the so called bank account holder-it comes back unknown-the other check mind you,doesn't have a return address on it or a person's full name.Bank is unknown....I got the one person pissed off when i told him he will be investigated,writes back to me saying"why did you do that" i wasn't out to hurt anyone..the other person e-mails me back threatening me sayin' if you hold the check more,I would appose all bank charges on you...for not cashing it as i told you to.
Something seriously has to be done to these people not from the states who try and expose our dignity and such.. I have told these couple of people not from the U.S. that if they mess with me,there will be hell to pay and I won't be the one responsible of destroying my own life..my intentions are to destroy these checks but would it fall back on me if i do??? your talking a check for $1,450 for an item that is 450.00 and a check for $2,220 for an item that is $800.00
I was able to contact the person of the 2,200.00 check personally and request an address to send it back,tells me not to send it back,just cash it lmao... i don't think so.. the one person don't e-mail me anymore which is good ...but with this one person,i have found every excuse to say to him,but all i get is either excuses or demanding me.Now what??? help me.. i am at wits end and aggravated ..........

Posted by: Gina B. at Mar 30, 2007 2:03:02 AM

I have also had a problem with a Terry Walters. Here is the email i got after i told him im not cashing it.
Am happy you finially recievered the payment..I`m honest with God fear in mind ...I got your mail and it was understood but you have to be concedrate by helping me get this done.
Moreso! There is no way to have the check cash here once it as been writing out in your name straight from the boss and an US check can not be cash here that is why i told him to issue my salary in your name so i can use it to pay the care and now that you can`t babysite my daughter anymore..you have to render some help by helping me to get it cash there and have the money send to my travelling agent information that was giving to you so i can get my flight paper`s to meet up with my flight schedule.I
`m straight minded person and i believe you are too that is why i put my trust on you to ask my boss to issue you my pay in your name..Please be honest and i hope you understand me better now and may God be with you.
Waiting for you reply.

Posted by: Jessica at Mar 16, 2007 5:40:52 PM

glad I check on google for this sort of thing. i recieved a cashiers check today with the exact same scenario that you are all talking about. It looks good but I think I can tell by the weight of the check that it is not a real cashiers check. Since this guy is still in contact with me. Anyone have an idea as to how I can catch him. let me know at pureplyr6@aol.com

Posted by: david wolf at Mar 9, 2007 9:43:37 AM

Any way to cash the check without being responsible for it? And not send any money back to the people?

-------------------

NO, AND YOU WOULD BE COMMITTING A FELONY.

Posted by: sean at Feb 28, 2007 10:58:55 PM

My daughter recieved a cashiers check also for the amount of $4800. It looked real, water mark and all. I deposited it into my savings account. I was credited the next day but when I went to withdraw it, it was not in there, I went into the bank and questioned them about it. I was told that they could not find a bank to draw off of so they were going to hold the check for 20 days. If the check was good they would deposit into my account. I asked them what happens if it doesnt clear, it would be returned to me, I was told. 20 days later it was in my account so I figured it was good. A month later I receive a letter along with the check stating that the check was a fraud. I immediately went to the bank. I asked them why did they deposit it in my account if they could not find a bank to draw off of. The answer " I dont know, call this number". I called the number and all they wanted to know was when was I going to pay back the money. I explained that I gave the money to my daughter and she sent it to the person. The bank, Bank One, would not make payment arrangements. They wanted the full amount. The Bondsman told my Husband that he just bailed a young lady out of jail last week. As you can tell, the bank pressed charges on me and I had to spend 3 days in Jail. So degrading. I am wanting to find a good attorney who is willing to fight Bank One. The more letters and info I read, the more Bank One is involved. not only am I out $4800, also $1200 bond, Husband missing work etc. God Help Us All. The majority of people out there are hard working, honest people who trusted too freely.

Posted by: Jean at Feb 2, 2007 4:24:21 PM

My husband was sent a Cashier's check for 3,650 from a Terry Walters in Sugarland Texas. He does not know this individual and can't contact him. The check is drawn from Navy Federal Credit Union whom we called and they stated they could not give us any information and that it was up to us to deposit it and take and chance. I have found a Check cashing place that will cash it but I am real leary. The check did not come with instructions my husband is not selling anything on the internet. The sender sent the check priority mail with delivery confirmation. Whomever, this person is they know where we live. Is there a government agency that we can report this to?

------------------------------------------------

Kimmie,

I am the editor of scamsafe.com. Please do NOT attempt to deposit or cash that check. If you do, you could be arrested and charged with a felony. I guarantee that is a fraudulent check. And don't pay any heed to a bank that tells you to deposit it and see what happens. The person that told you that IS AN INCOMPETENT FOOL. A check can "clear" and still be fraudulent. I can explain more if you want.

If you want you can turn in the check to a fraud investigator at your bank (call customer service) or the local police. Do NOT expect them to investigate. You are not a victim so there is no local crime. The bank fraud investigator SHOULD contact the originating bank on the check to report the checks as stolen.


--Tom
Editor
Scamsafe

Posted by: Kimmie at Jan 23, 2007 1:07:38 PM

WOW!!! this site just saved me. i feel bad for all the good trusting people out there who got scammed. mine is ongoing at this time. i was thinkn i could get the s.o.b. busted, but from all i have just read there is nothing you can do but frame the check or send monopoly money. sounds like something we the people need to take care of. some kind of public task force. that finds them and ruffs them up a little or lot.

Posted by: mark at Jan 12, 2007 2:18:23 PM

We almost got taken by this Donald Brown but in the end I told him that here in the states (In god we trust all others pay by cash) have not heard anything else from him thanks to this web site


thanks for your response and i am glad to do business with you.i have forwarded your information to my associate that will be sending you the payment via courier services and it will be delivered via airmail.
please send me an e-mail the moment you have recieved this payment update.thanks and have a great week.
Regards,
Mr. Thomas.



Donald Brown wrote:
Hello
Thanks for your reply, i am still interested and okay with the price.I have also seen the picture you sent it is lovely.This is how i will want us to seal the transaction cos i dont want any delay at all.So all i am going to do is to contact my associate in US to issue you a certified cashiers check for the sum of $10,500 which will be for both the shipping and your own money $6500.So all i will want you to do when you recieve the funds is to deduct your own money and send the remaining shipping funds of $4,000 through WESTERN UNION VIA to my International shipping agent that will come for the pick up of the 1997 honda cbr1100xx and also it would be for his transportation , Shipping Charges , and Tax.
So if this terms are okay by you i will need your full name,contact address,and phone number so that i can forward to my associate who will issue you the payment check . I look forward to your reply.Thanks and Regards,
Mr Brown.

N/B
The shipping funds will be wired to my international agent that will come for the pickup he will be the one to arrange the pickup and shipping of the 1997 honda from USA to UK{England} where i am living.now that we have an agreement I will like you to remove the advert you placed on the website so that you will recieve no more offers.the payment would commence asap. I will give you a call as soon as you reply.you can reach me via +447024074966

Info needed.
Name..........
Address...........
Zip Code........
State..........
Country...
Cell/Home Number......................



THANK YOU,

Posted by: Gadams at Jan 12, 2007 11:08:55 AM

THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO AS TO TRAVIS. BUT FOR A GREAT DEAL MORE. I AM IN THE ARREARS AT MY BANK FOR 5,624,00, FOR TRING TO SELL SOMETHING OVER RECYCLER.COM. AND THE UK SENT ME A FAKE CASHIERS CHECK, POLICE WON'T DO ANYTHING, I NOTIFIED F.B.I, NOTHING, THE BANK SAID AFTER FILING A FRAUD REPORT. THEY DENIED MY CLAIM SAYING IT CA NOT BE FRAUD BECAUSE I SIGNED IT, THE WHLE CHECK WAS A FAKE ONE. I TNINK THAT FRAUD, BUT THEY REFUSE TO HELP, AND NOW THEY ARE GIONG TO TURN ME OVER TO THE CHECK SYSTEM, THE GOES MY CREDIT. WHAT CAN I DO, SOMEONE HAVE ANY ANSWERS
DESERATE VICTIUM

Posted by: terry at Jan 11, 2007 2:02:29 PM

Apparently our Gov. doesn't care, the banks don't care, and the list goes on. I read one of the above posts, which said something to the effect - that the FBI didnt care because it has nothing to do with Terrorist. - This scam could be 100% for funding terrorist, but they wouldnt know that because they didnt even look into it. Thanks GOV Guys.

Even if it wasn't terrorisom, as we know it - that doesn't mean it isn't a terrorist issue. Trust me when I say, that if I lost thousands of dollars - I WOULD BE IN GREAT TERROR.

But again, the GOV doesnt care, the banks dont care, and the list goes on.

Posted by: No One Cares at Jan 3, 2007 12:29:45 AM

Something was fishy here..I too was suspicious of "Steve Joe". With a little research I found this site and the email is very similar.

Thank you all for sharing this information. I assume that this is something that I cant do anything about.

Fortunately, I caught this before it got any further....

Posted by: John at Dec 28, 2006 10:15:14 PM

Heres one for the books...I have this guy who put $3,000 into my credit card and wanted me to wire back the money minus 10%. Well since I was in bad standing with my credit card company they closed my account with the guys $3,000 still in it. What did I get out of the transaction? Well my credit card is paid in full. I was going to pay off the creditcard anyway and close the account. Funny though..he wanted me to give him another credit card even after all the trouble he went through loosing three thousand dollars. He calls me on the phone once in a while but I say shes not here and I dont hear from him for a while.
I have in my hand a fraudulent cashiers check which I called the issuing bank, I faxed them a copy of the check and they told me they bought the bank and it no longer exist. Probably stolen by a former employee. I knew it was most likly a fraudulent check. Now too I have also 6 AmExTravCqs in $500 increments totaling $3,000. I know they are frauds. But I'm going to call this number to Bank of America to check on it.
1-800-525-7641
I have collected a few email addresses and I too have enjoyed entering their email addresses in websites.

Posted by: Kandace at Dec 26, 2006 10:10:05 PM

I get a call from a family member, stating they had just received a check for the purchase of an entertainment center she was selling. She had listed and ad in adtaker.com She was asking for a little over $100 and receives a check for the sum of 3,000.00.

Ok, as nice as it sounds it is a scam. Always be skeptical! When things like this happens. The Fedex Sender information is as follows:
From: Jessica Morgan
Company: Luxury Imports
Address: 1520 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, Fl 33139 ( Which by the way is actually a hotel!)
Phone: 702-403-1844
Emails are sent from person interested in merchandise, named Allen Scott
Emai:allenscott03@yahoo.com << yeah right
The check is sent from:
Niello Acura out of Sacramento, CA
looks as though it is a checked issued from dealership..from Bank of America
I located Dealership phone number and they said, " We are so sorry, we have had a rash of Fraudulant checks in the last few days from all over the company. Involving customer's selling from ebay, craigslist...etc"
Nice! So we faxed over copies of all information we had. Please always look into things before you act. It will save you in the end from being a victim.
--Caron

Posted by: Caron at Dec 18, 2006 2:32:22 PM

i recieved an unexpected cashiers check from an unknown person. the check looks real, but i don't know. it is from bank one of indiana na. has anyone else recieved one. i am going to take it to a bank to verify if it is real or not. it would be nice being christmas and all.

=================================

ose,

I am the editor of scamsafe.com and i just saw your comment on my web site. please, do not try to cash that check. and don't bother taking it to a bank. banks do NOT verify if checks are good or not. if they tell you it is "good" that doesn't mean anything. and if you do cash a bad check after the bank told you it was good, they have NO liability or responsibility. you win a lawsuit against them for that. this is a scam and if you cash the check all kinds of trouble can happen. trust me, this is a scam. destroy the check and don't try to follow up on whatever offer they gave you.

--tom

Posted by: rose at Dec 17, 2006 8:29:10 PM

Does this look like a scam?

Hello,
Thank you for the response and detailed information on
it. I am still very much interested and glad to
know its still in great condition. pictures of it
would be nice atleast to give me an idea of how it
looks like now. i would also love to have all the
accesories that come with it. About the payment i am
going to be making payment via a check and i'll need
your following informations so as to have the check
issued out to you asap.
FULL NAME
FULL ADDRESS
ZIP CODE
TELEPHONE NUMBER. Due to my very busy and tight
schedule i may not be able to come pick it up myself i
would have someone come do that besides i have to take
care of a few more things for the school. it should be
up and running in about 2-3 months. Thank you and God
Bless.

Regards
David.

Posted by: James at Dec 1, 2006 5:25:32 PM

I got the something. I have a girl from Nigeria "model" which says she has no papers or money. She needs me to cash some checks for her and send them Via Western Union. I've been asking quesitons and questions. She/He has not given me one fact yet. I got to give to her/him they're good. I can see how alot of people would get taken. I almost did if it wasnt for some many wrong answers I got out of her.

She wanted me to help her by first sending her money. Then she needed a adress and name and number to send her checks to me. She was Very Pushy about eveything. Oh yeah she also said i was her love of her life and she wanted to be with me. First error. So please if you think your getting scammed. Take every step to protect yourself. Send no money and turn in the Checks to your Bank to be checked out. DONT Take the money out your bank and send it. You'll be sorry.

Posted by: Online user at Nov 27, 2006 4:24:51 AM

We put a ad on craigslist this is the resonse we got from this person. Please be aware he is a big scammer.
dr williams
After we forwarded him the info on the townhome this was his response.
Thank you for the mail message and detailed information provided on this property, i plan coming over with my own sets of furniture prior to my arrival and need the accurate room specification i.e measurement/dimensions as this will help the furniture company handling my furnishing concerns know in exact sizes of furniture to be delivered that will fit in well. I will wait to hear from you with these information.

A little more about my profession.
I'm presently based in London UK, i'm a medical doctor ( Gynecologist ) by profession with: St. Thomas's Hospital
020 7188 7188 Lambeth Palace Rd, London. SE1 7EH. United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 (0)8701 995190 Fax: + 44 (0)8701 350701
http://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/

Have your total move in rate calculated out and get back to me with the accurate figure so that i can get across to my financier on that concern ( to have your payment process stated with ) as this will enable you hold this property for us till we arrive and also cover my interest on this property against other potential renters.

In view of the application form and other required paper work, i would prefer to have all necessary paper work filled and signed upon my arrival because to the best of my knowledge all vital document as this which requires signatories are best handled physically which i will do when i arrive, i hope this won't cause you any inconvenience, i can provide you with my information alongside my (NIN) national insurance number because as you may not know we don't use the SSN. kindly let me know if this arrangement works out fine for you as i have some project at hand that demands my attention which needs to be completed before embarking on my trip.

Please note that i will be arriving the States 3rd week of Nov. 2006 with my wife ( Vanassa ) and Daughter ( Kathryn ) nine (9) yrs.

Waiting to hear from you.


Dr. Williams.
Cell: +44 704 0115 925
Office: +44 701 1137 282

We received to fradulent checks from this guy beyond the amount we requested from the deposit. He wanted the monies before the checks cleard. Here is his request.
From: dr williams

Kindly take note of this information i just received from Mr. Clark.


NOTE: When you go to the western union office to send the 3,500.00 USD to Mr. Clark Simson, please tell them that the monies are been sent to your close family relative to enable him make his trip down to the States. The reason i ask you to tell them this is because any money sent through western union lately in the cause of any transaction to the United Kingdom always attracts huge taxation this i was made to understand by Mr. Clark. To simply avoid the huge rate of tax on this money kindly tell them the above, so that these funds will be enough for him to carry out the purchase and delivery arrangement.
Also they might as well call you on the phone to ask some question on why the money is been sent to the United Kingdom please tell them that it's been sent to your close relative.

I will wait to hear from you either ways once this transfer is completed today.

Warm regards,
Dr. Hanson.

Please be careful if you have property listed on craigslist this guy is a major scam artist.

Posted by: Anthony Daniels at Nov 19, 2006 2:34:34 PM

Wish I saw this site before I got scammed.

I was selling a TV for $300 and a guy named Ben Steve emailed me from the UK.

He said he would send a cashiers check for $2000 - he said take $300 for you and give the rest to the shipper when he comes.

Well the shipper never came so he said Western Union the money back to me.

Well I did and ten days later the checks were frauds and he was no where to be found.

If anyone knows any good way to alert people in the area and to be active in any way to help stop these people let me know.

Posted by: Travis at Nov 16, 2006 11:02:17 AM

Well I wish I had seen this site beforehand because I was recently taken $2000 based on this scam.

I am always very good w/ my money, however this time I was taken.

I was selling a TV for $300 w/ my local paper and a guy (Ben Steve) emailed me from the UK saying that he was going to buy it. He was sending $2000 in cashiers checks to me. He said take out $300 and when the shipper comes give him the rest.

Well the shipper never came so he said send him the money back to him through Western Union and we will have to try another time.

Well the checks were fraud and he is no where to be found.

The police and my lawyers said nothing can be done.

Anything I can do to let me city know and others around me? What have you guys done to help others out.

Thanks.


Posted by: Travis at Nov 16, 2006 10:56:47 AM

Well I wish I had seen this site beforehand because I was recently taken $2000 based on this scam.

I am always very good w/ my money, however this time I was taken.

I was selling a TV for $300 w/ my local paper and a guy (Ben Steve) emailed me from the UK saying that he was going to buy it. He was sending $2000 in cashiers checks to me. He said take out $300 and when the shipper comes give him the rest.

Well the shipper never came so he said send him the money back to him through Western Union and we will have to try another time.

Well the checks were fraud and he is no where to be found.

The police and my lawyers said nothing can be done.

Anything I can do to let me city know and others around me? What have you guys done to help others out.

Thanks.

Posted by: Travis at Nov 16, 2006 10:53:50 AM

I had about 20 women contact me with different versions of the same story: They are stuck in Nigeria, robbed, hospitalized, some even raped. They asked for help cashing a check, and western unioning the money to them after the check cleared. I wanted to see how far they would go. One of these tall thin blonde "models", asked if I would marry her within the first couple of sentences of correspondence! She even UPS'ed some incredibly realistic Money Orders! $5,400 worth! I called the bank they were drafted on, though I used the number I found via the internet, not the number on the money order. The only problem I could see with the money order is that the area code for the bank's telephone number was 122. There are no area codes in the united states starting with a number 1. How would you dial it?! You would have to keep entering a couple of number to get the call to complete!
The bank confermed they were fraudulent, and told me to get them to the police, who would them forward them to the FBI. Evident;y, they have a file working.
I have to admit, if not for the error in the area code, I think it would be very easy to pass.
I think I am going to use one of the suggestions I read, and tell her I went to Atlantic City and lost it. Maybe I'll ask for more...

Posted by: Ken at Oct 31, 2006 11:39:03 AM

I had this happen to me. I called the police department, the DA's office, tried to get the postal inspectors involved-they don't handle things from citizens (?) Spoke with the bank at the local branch. I was told that the bank can not do any thing until some one else (?) will. Called the fraud division, I was told to take out a loan or borrow the money. I live from pay check to pay check with a son to feed, I had filed bankruptcy so a loan even if I could afford it was out of the question. Friends and relatives do not have this money ($2,179) I explained this to the bank, he just laughed. I don't have a checking account will not be able to have a account for 7-10 years and have collcetion agencys that call non stop.

Posted by: Stephanie Busby at Oct 16, 2006 10:54:11 AM

To the Editor:
Well, thanks God for Google, and for this page, I run a business in Costa Rica, tourism, we were very excited about a group from USA wanting our services, Here it goes, look how they used Religion in order to be "more convincent" of course they have a lot to work on to really get people on it. Anyway here it goes:

Dear sir,
Thanks for your reply and assistance so far .We have choosen SINGLE ROOMS .I am glad to tell you that we just rose from a meeting and hence concluded arrangement on payment .We the sponsors of this program [CHRISTIAN FUNDATION USA INC]. We shall send a Certified Bank cashires Check of $6,940 for the hotel services for the 10 days reservation.
we have to make the payment through our bank by issueing your hotel management with american cashires check, which will cover the cost of our accommodation and all the necessary arrangement for the team.
Moreover, we also made an arrangement with an agent in who will over see the walfare of the christian missionary team and other logistic
of the team and must be in your country before the arrival of the team .So you are required to deduct the cost of your services which is $3,940 and send the balance of $3,000 via western union money transfer, to our agent who has been assigned to take care of all the logistics including security and transportation whose information will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.

So confirm this and provide me with the following for onward full payment (1) YOUR FULL NAME THE CHECK WILL BE ISSUED WITH (2)COUNTRY, ADDRESS and city code number (3) PHONE
NUMBERS AND FAX for payment to be delivered to you via fedex courier.

Sincere Regards,
Dr christian adams

But I really really wish there was a little interest from police or FBI or interpol or someone, to be honest I didn´t even try but I´ll call a news channel so that people in my country will know about it...

Posted by: Ana at Oct 10, 2006 12:47:44 PM

Just got a Cashier's Check from a person overseas who wants to rent a room from me. I'm going to deposit it and see what happens, but I don't think it's valid......

I'm keeping the FedEx package and everything for evidence just in case.

The check is for $3,500 and it should have been for $2,850....... Let's see how this goes.

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FOR PETE'S SAKE PEOPLE. A "CLEARED" CHECK DOES NOT MEAN A DAMN THING. READ ON...

this is no question a scam.

a check clearing proves nothing and doesn't mean you are ok. if the person sends you a fraudulent check, it can clear--that just means they used valid account number and routing number. Banks do NOT certify check authenticity and have no responsibility to determine if the check is ultimaitely good (and a check clearing doesn't mean it is "good".). What will happen is the check clears, then some weeks later, the victim discovers the bogus check, reports it to their bank, who contacts your bank. In the meantime, you--thinking everying is ok--will have sent funds to the scammers. Eventually the victim gets the funds back and your bank goes after YOU and takes the money out of your account. And there is nothing you can do about it. You may even get a visit from the police. You are NOT safe just because the check clears.

NEVER EVER EVER ACCEPT A CHECK FOR GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT DUE AND SEND BACK FUNDS. ESPECIALLY WHEN SELLING OVER THE INTERNET. JUST SAY NO AND SELL/RENT WHAT EVER IT IS TO SOMEONE ELSE.

Signed,
A tired Tom
Editor
Scamsafe.com

Posted by: Paul at Oct 3, 2006 2:27:45 PM

i just got 2 money orders from albertson and its a money gram.

$850 from Rupublic of Benin. no other addresss written but mine

ANother scam as I suspected.
I'm glad I researched before depositing.
I've been getting alot of these came messages from ebayer buyers will only 0 feedback.

they give me these long, set emails about the process. I just wait them out and they're be "no longer registered"

The two money orders had some kind of "rub here" authenticating thing, but it looked like that was just printed out, so scam...

i wonder HOW this actually benefits the sender....seems to only hurt the innocent victim.

Posted by: daniel at Oct 2, 2006 5:47:44 PM

This is the third attempt someone has made to defraud me in this manner. The first guy actually sent me a check which I took to the bank that the bank manager luckly recognized as a bad check and clued me into what was going on. All three times I believe the con artist got my information from craigslist.

First guy who sent me the bad check identified himself as "Sander Wright

He sent a message that said:

Hello,
I am very glad to contact you, My name is Sander Wright, presently i'm in Belgium with my family. I saw your response, which facilitate my purpose of contacting you.
I just mail to confirm if my 12yrs old/ 7th grade twins (Paul & Peter) that will be back to US next week can join you in your tutorial so that you can help me offer them lesson. I so much would love their dreams to come true as they will love to become the best two in their class and I am ready to support them morally and financially. I will want you to give me the price of the tutor for 6 months as I will want the tutor to hold 3 times in a week and last for 1 hour daily.
Note that they once had a tutor in January who lost his wife in a car accident and
decided to stop teaching inorder to take proper care of his family after we have already
paid him for 6 months tutor.
Meanwhile, kindly get back to me as soon as possible if you are interested in toturing
them and i must say that your price and location sound nice but what are you requesting for the twins?

Yours Sincerely,
Sander W.

The most recent guy identified himself as:

JOHNSON SMITH

And his message read:

"Good day,
I am MR.JOHNSON by name iam located in france I saw your advert
placed on the net. i will like to bring my kid to your location for
you to teach him lesson for 1 month let me know how much you will
charge per hour and what you teach , the name of my kid his gate and
he is fifteen years of age and also in the same Grade 8...
Thanks
MR.JOHNSON"

I'd like to see these guy get caught and prosecuted.

Posted by: James Fabris at Sep 28, 2006 7:11:27 AM

I am so greatfull of the iformation available to me and the rest of the public about these scams. I recently advertised my motorhome on recycler.com and have had many e-mails such as the ones listed. I am waiting for my first cashiers check from another state. I am not going to accept it after reading about the scams. The bottom line is for me Sell it to a local buyer and Take CASH!!!! Don't have to worry about any $100 bill bouncing.

Thanks again,
Jack

Posted by: Jack at Sep 14, 2006 3:25:41 PM

I thank you for this site too, I too was a victim of fraud but when I deposited the cashiers check I came home and looked up cashier check fraud to find out if it was possible to make a fake cahsiers check and it is so when I called my account it said the funds went through but I'm not going to touch the money until I see if the cashier check is real and if it's not I'm still at a lost because I would still have to pay my bank for a bounce check but I'd rather be out of 30.00 dollars than 3,485 dollars

Posted by: lanette at Sep 2, 2006 2:13:53 PM

I got one from a guy who wants me to buy gold for him since his funds are "locked up" at his bank and he is using a third party to send me money. I got a cashiers check for $7500, I'm having my lawyer check it out. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. I'm supposed to get a "commission" for making the purchases for him. The cashiers check "looks" real enough, watermark and all. I suppose they get their hands on some blanks and simply write in any account information they want to.

Posted by: Lyle at Sep 1, 2006 12:19:20 PM

i have emails that are with the same grammar or lack of... i have received a check (but will not cash it) and would like to play the game to see what happens. is there any authority that will pursue these scammers.

Posted by: kevin at Aug 25, 2006 7:22:29 AM

I recieved an email offering a job as a finance processing manager saying that to do the job I would have to recieve checks from customers and then deposit them in a bank account. Then send a cashier's check to the business but first take out 5%. This is obviously a scam, but i thought it was kind of interesting idea for a scam. They even have a website http://northernfinancegorup.com/ . I'd like to hear your thoughts about it and i wonder if anyone has done it. Also, they had my resume. It was attached in the email when i got it. Is this a problem?

Posted by: Steve at Aug 17, 2006 4:49:58 PM

I can't believe I fell for a scam. I was selling a car and received an e-mail from Craig Doug wanting to purchase it. He sent me a cashier check for $13,000.00 ($5,000.00 for shipment). I deposited it in my bank and they advised they would place a hold on it for 5 days. When they advised me that the funds were available, I withdrew $5,000.00 and Western Union it to the shippers. Later that day the bank was told the check was a fraud. I would not have withdrew the funds knowing the check had not actually cleared. I relied on my bank to protect against what had happened. Now I have to figure out how to replace the money. I feel like I've been victimized twice. Is there any rights for us as victims?

Posted by: CGiovannone at Aug 12, 2006 8:30:20 PM