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here is a thread for anyone who recieved scam e-mails! Post them here:
i'll Start:

I posted on paintballclassifieds. c o m about my cocker. I recieved an e-mail from 'Chris Jimmy' that looked like this:
The first e-mail from 'jimmy':
My name is Jimmy From Holland,I'm interested in your Paintball Stuff and i will apreciate you to answer my questions below..

1, Bottom price.
2, Give reason why you want to sale.
3, Present condition.
4, If pictures is available send it to my other e-mail ([email protected])

Regards to the shipment you don't have to bother about that i have a reliable shipping company that will come for the pick up at your door step.

I will realy apreciate your quick reply as soon as possible thanks.
Sincerely
Jimmy




the second e-mail:






his e-mail was [email protected]








Thanks for the mail and understanding, the price is okay by me.i am making an offer for $700 the extra $$ is for your inconvinence you don't have to bother about the shippment. i have a shiping firm that would be coming for the pick up as soon as the deal goes through. in respect of payment, i'll need you to provide me with the following details:

1, Your Name :
2,Your Address:
3,Your Telephone number home,cell and office:

Once these details are provided, i'll forward it to my associate in USA that owes me $4,000 to issue a cashier's cheque in your name. once it clears, deduct your money and the excess to be remitted to the shippers thru Western Union Money Transfer. I'll like to know if you have Western Union Outlets in your area where the excess funds will be send to the shipping company?

NB: If i may ask you this question i'm not trying to be rude, but I have a couple of questions for you is this your personal property? cos' i dont want to involve myself with stolen properties for sale.

I hope to finalize this deal with you as soon as posible.

Regards
Jimmy




but: I recieved another e-mail from a different address that looked like this:


My ame is Pharrel William from Ontario Canada. i am interested in your
advert and the price is okay by me. Also you don't have to bother
yourself about the shippment,i have a shiping firm that would be coming for
the pick up as soon as the deal goes through. in respect of payment,
i'll need you to provide me with the following details:

1, Your Name
2,Your Address:
3,Your Telephone number home,cell and office:

Once these details are provided, i'll forward it to my business
associate in USA that owes me $4,000 to issue a cashier's cheque in your name.
once it clears, deduct your money plus $150 for your troubles and the
excess to be remitted to the shippers thru Western Union Money Transfer.
I'll like to know if you have Western Union Outlets in your area?

NB: Sorry if i may ask is this your personal property?cos' i dont wan t
to involve myself with stolen properties for sale. If this okay with
you kindly remove the advert from the website and consider is SOLD.

I hope to finalize this deal with you as soon as posible.

Regards
Pharrel
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see the similarities?
watch out!
 

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Yup.. this is a very common scam. They take advantage of a banking loophole whereby the check "clears" and shows money into your account, however, it takes a good 2 weeks to fully clear an international check. Meanwhile, seeing as you think there is money in the bank, do as they ask and get a check or MO or western union it to them and think "Ha I made money on this transaction!" Too bad that in 2 weeks the bank tells you the check is forged, and oh, BTW, you owe us $4000 plus fees and fines. Guess what, you indeed are legally resposnsible for the deposit, fake check or not.

Bottom line - string the guy along until he sends you a check, then deposit it in your account - BUT DON"T SEND ANY MONEY!!! In 2 weeks you will get the check back from your bank with a cool FORGERY stamp over the whole thing and you can frame it as a souvenier. Just don't get fooled thinking that it is a real check.

Oh, and make a copy and send it to the FBI.

Fun with forgers 101. Class dismissed.
 

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you're my hero
my bro and I were trying to figure out how he was planning this scam, and we just couldn't get it- but, neither of us realized that international cheques take 2 weeks to clear- thanks man! i'll keep the guy goin for a while to bug him lol
 

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lol yeah i saw it
I knew cheques take a week to clear but I didn't know international cheques took longer.
thanks guys! Post if you got ripped!
 
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