SCAM! or is it? I need help.

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    Aug 03, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    Alright, this is what happen to me.
    I received an email few days ago, from someone I don't know. And for no reason, telling me he's sending me money with tracking number. The email seem to sound like he bought stuff from me. he give direction that once i got the money, I will have to wire the shipping fee to his agent. I'm totally clueless what he's talking about. So I left it alone.

    now I got the fedex shipping with cashier check for $3000. there's a little note with no name but email, telling me to confirm i receive the money. this email is different then the first one.

    So guys, how does this scam work? it's not hard to find someone's email and address, so i guess this could happen to anyone. But I dont' want to get in trouble for this.

  • CincyBOJ

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    Aug 03, 2008 4:49 AM GMT
    SCAM !!!

    inform the law officals and the bank that the fake check is drawn upon. This is a very common scam.
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    Aug 03, 2008 4:50 AM GMT
    There are a number of ways it could scam you. Just don't cash the check. Shred it after reporting the e-mailer to your service provider.
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    Aug 03, 2008 4:52 AM GMT
    check back with the bank of the check, DA!
  • CincyBOJ

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    Aug 03, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    Here is a warning from a web site has experienced this similar type of scam.




    Scam Alert
    Users of this system have been receiving emails from parties claiming to want to purchase the item with a cashier's check or Money Order. However they then propose to send 3-4x the amount of money requested and ask for the excess to be wired to some address in Africa or some other third world dirt clod eating country. This is supposedly to pay their shipper for shipping the merchandise or some other flimsy excuse. Of course this is a scam as the cashier check they provide is counterfeit but will take awhile to bounce by design. IMPORTANT: EVEN the BANK IT WAS DRAWN ON often can't tell it's not a REAL CHECK so don't trust ANY CASHIER CHECK even if it is drawn on YOUR BANK and your BANK says its ok. Be leery and aware of any transactions you conduct on the internet particularly where you have no recourse such as international funds transfers. As soon as you see the words "Cashier's Check" or "Money Order" in an email you should be on high alert that it's a possible scam as normal people don't run around volunteering to pay by Cashier's Check in the civilized world. Simply delete any emails of this type and don't reply to them at all. Do not give them your phone number or you will be tormented by operator's for the deaf day and night (this part of the scam is used as calls ran thru operators for the deaf can't be traced and further to gain additional pity from you.) They will telephone you at 3 and 4 in the morning so do not give them any real telephone numbers.



    this is copied from http://barton.theatreorgans.com/AdSearch_1.ASP
  • EricLA

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    Aug 03, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    Yeah, report this to the Post Office, too.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 03, 2008 6:12 AM GMT
    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
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    Aug 03, 2008 7:53 AM GMT
    sounds like a 419 scam

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_fee_fraud
  • zakariahzol

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    Aug 03, 2008 1:15 PM GMT
    Why is some stranger want to give you money for nothing?. This things is common news. Some of the scam I heard....

    A money from a first lady of Nigeria . You deposit in your account and then split with her. They get you account number and empty it.

    A big amount of money waiting to be tansfer from Nigeria Petrolium Department


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    Aug 03, 2008 2:09 PM GMT
    yes fake..... someone tried to do this to me the other day.... luckily i work in finance and i can spot things like this but people be VERY careful with that stuff!
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    Aug 03, 2008 3:13 PM GMT
    Thank you guys, you are so resourceful.
    So How do I get that guy? I dont' think police will take the case without address or real name of something. all i have so far are just email address.

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    Aug 03, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    best thing is just destroy the check(shred it) and just be very cautious
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    Aug 03, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    Dateline NBC actually did a story on this exact type of scam.

    I am sure if you go to their website and do a search the information will come up.

    usually the people involved are part of an international crime ring.
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    Aug 03, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    Hey,

    i never open e-mails from people i don't know. Why you do?
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    Aug 03, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    SCAM ALERT!

    same thing tried on me

    do not cash the check

    contact the company the check was drawn on
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    Aug 03, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    I don't understand how someone would have your MAILING address to send you a check via FedEx unless you'd responded to the first email. It's a scam.
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    Aug 03, 2008 6:39 PM GMT
    Take a look at the site below to determine if any of the tactics are mentioned on this website:

    http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/internet/

    This website will allow you to file a complaint if you feel the need to do so.

    http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Internet_Fraud.shtml

    Good Luck. Remember that if the offer sounds too good to be true, it ain't true.

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    Aug 03, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    ebl333 saidThank you guys, you are so resourceful.
    So How do I get that guy? I dont' think police will take the case without address or real name of something. all i have so far are just email address.



    You won't get him. He's in a country with laws that don't care.

    For giggles, you could deposit the check, expecting to pay the insufficient funds service charge, and then frame it as evidence of your brush with evil.
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    Aug 03, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    it's a scam. that's how they get banking information, codes, account numbers, etc. Don't respond to it.
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    Aug 03, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    It's the old Nigerian Bank Scam. If you really wanted to have fun, don't take the check to your bank. Instead, take it to one of those "No I.D. Required" check cashing places, letting them know that it might be fake, and that they should frank the check to see if it's real. If it is real, CASH it and RUN! That's one way to double-cross these assholes.