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Tis is where stupid people, or maybe just greedy people, can get burnt by overseas scam artists. I use Craig's List occasionally to sell items and this incident just occurred on Craig's List and you need to be informed of the nature of the crime these shysters are trying to pull. I just got off the phone with the FBI in Columbia and he asked that I publish this as an awareness issue. I'm glad to oblige.

Recently, among all the other things going on in my life, I decided to sell an older Yamaha keyboard on Craig's List here in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina. It was a simple ad that read:

Yamaha PSR 70 Electronic Keyboard. $100. With my cell #.

I got an almost immediate response to the posting, not by telephone but through Craig's e-mail service. The first one was asking me to withdraw the item and he would pay me an additional $50.00 for doing so and that he would send me a certified bank check. Then I didn't hear anything for a couple of days so I emailed him and got this e-mail:

Hello
 My sincere apology for getting back to you late and thanks for
getting back to me, anyway i am ok with all the details i have gotten,
please kindly withdraw the advert, i don't mind adding $50 for you to
withdraw the advert from Craigslist to avoid disturbance also to be
informed that i will pay you with a certified check and once you have
the check cashed at your bank then i will arrange for the pick up by
engaging the services of a mover,which will be picking it up at your
location to pick it up..I will need the following details to mail the
payment as soon as possible.
 
Name to be on the check____
Home address____
City____
State____
Zip Code_____
Cell phone #______
 
Kindly get back to me so the payment can be mail out Asap. Thanks

The guy's supposed name is Mark Wench. Notice the use of English and grammar. So I sent him the mailing address and waited for the certified check to arrive. I didn't see anything hit the mail box so I e-mailed him again and got this response. Notice that he says "tracking number" here.

Thanks you for your mail and for making me as your favorite buyer and
i want to asked if the item has been deleted because i don't want
another buyer to request for it again, Also the check will be issued
out Tomorrow and probably you will receive your check any time from
Friday. and please be aware that the amount on the check will be more than
your asking price.the excess amount is for the Shipping and Insurance
Premium that will be coming down to your location for the pickup..You
are to deduct the money for the item and the extra $50 given to you
and have the rest send to them when you receive the check..and more
over I would like you to respond to my email when ever you got my
mails to be sure everything goes in a proper way..So i will email you
the tracking number once the check has been sent out to your
address......thanks and i look forward to hearing from you!


Having seen nothing six days later I e-mailed him asking what the problem was and got this reply. The old sympathy ploy::

Am so sorry for delay of the payment...My wife got an heart failure
and was being admitted to the hospital since 2days now..so i haven't
got the chance to check up with the courier service to know what was
wrong with the check package, Please i want you to be patient and keep
the item for me..i will contact them and let you know when the check
will deliver and also you let me know if you recieve it..Reply back to
this email for me to be sure the item is still available and
everything is still intact...Thanks for understanding
Regards


At this point I knew it was a scam but I wanted to play the tuna fish a bit. Another six days elapsed so I e-mailed him asking what the problem was and got this reply. You can see my response to this idiot.

I think at this juncture you need to tell me exactly who I should be expecting to be dealing with, when and how. I have removed my keyboard at your request but I'm not all warm and fuzzy about any of this. Jim

> Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 06:11:26 -0700 > Subject: Re: Yamaha Keyboard - $100 (Florence) > From: mrkwench@gmail.com > To: > > Am so sorry for delay of the payment...My wife got an heart failure > and was being admitted to the hospital since 2days now..so i haven't > got the chance to check up with the courier service to know what was > wrong with the check package, Please i want you to be patient and keep > the item for me..i will contact them and let you know when the check > will deliver and also you let me know if you recieve it..Reply back to > this email for me to be sure the item is still available and > everything is still intact...Thanks for understanding > Regards

Check out his next line. I think he thought he was dealing with some hill billy in South Carolina.

I am so sorry for all the inconvenience, actually i mailed out a
cashier check but it got missing, this is why i ask my personal
assistant to mail out another check and put a note on it for you to
know the check was from me,because i am currently out of state for my
business, but i guess he was mistaken written nonsense, anyway all you
need to do now is follow my instruction by getting the check cashed or
deposit and deduct your item cost with the extra $100 i gave to you
and do have the rest send to the shipper information in my previous
email, please kindly get this done and get back to me with an update
Thanks for your time

 

So the game continued and finally Friday here came the FedEx man in his tight brown brown shorts with an envelope. Notice that he avoided the USPS. Inside that envelope wasn't a certified check but what appeared to be a valid check on a company based in Portland, Oregon. The check was for $2,000.00. Imagine that. So I e-mailed the idiot back and he gave me directions to use Western Union to wire him the difference. Yeah right. I called the bank on the west coast and the customer service rep told me that the business name on the check and the account number matched but warned me to take it a step further base upon the story I related to him.

I told him (the scam artist) that I was going to have to have the bank check it out before I deposited anything and he told me to let him know what the bank said.

On my run into town yesterday, I took the check by my bank and explained the situation to the manager. She ran the check through the scanner and came back and told me it was a counterfeit check. To further verify that she took out what looked like a small, square magnifying glass that has a light in it. She placed that on the line where the signature of the check writer was and lit it up.

Lo and behold, underneath that line invisible to the naked eye are the words: Signature Of Authorized Individual. She did that using one of her banks checks. Then she used it on the check I had given her and there was nothing there. Now you know, if in the future, you are suspicious of a check what you can do to verify its authenticity. Real checks have that on them where you can't see it. Banks can see it using that tool.

So this morning the scam artist e-mails me:

Hello Jim,
       I was expecting to read from you and i haven't see any of your
email, could you please get back to me and let me know when you bank
says the check is going to clear
Awaiting

I replied that the check wasn't deposited. Then he seemed to act insignant and I got this reply:

Damn it, what do you mean, have you deposited it?

So this is what I fired back at him:

Now why would I deposit a counterfeit check?

It seems this scam is prevalent on many sites. If it's too good to be true then it probably is. The FBI told me to tear the check up. Well DUH! Have I heard back from Mark Wench? Not a peep!

If a person deposits a check like that then wires the difference to whomever, they would be a fool and a damned fool at that. Why would someone send you a $2K check for a $100 keyboard or any other item? If you deposit that check it will come back and you will then have lost $2K and still be sitting there with your item for sale.

Now I might be The Frog Prince but I'm just not that stupid nor am I greedy. Why in the world would anyone send two thousand dollars to a complete stranger trusting them to wire the difference somewhere? I'm honest but not everyone in the world is.

Be careful out there. There's a scam artist waiting to find a patsy. I might roost at times on a lily pad, but a patsy I am not by any stretch of the imagination. The FBI Agent told me they operate primarily out of Nigeria and Jamaica where they can't be touched. But I played his stupid game to see how far he would go with it. Incredibly stupid scam artist I have to say.

Have a nice scam free day!

Post Script: After posting this I actually heard from Mark Wench and this what he had to say:

You must be very stupid, the check i sent to you was a real check and
by the way who told you is a counterfeit check? please don't act funny
with my hard earn money, kindly go to your bank or cashing store to
get the check cash asap, and get back to me or else i will file to
report to the F.B.I department and if i should do this, trust me you
are going to spend the rest of your life in jail, so get back to me
fast once you have the cash with you


Yeah, I replied. I told him: I already talked to the FBI moron. Report away. LMAO

The Frog



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Comments 57 comments

Dawn 5 years ago

I ALWAYS knew you are a smart cookie, frog prince!!!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Most of these guys are out of Africa and the Middle East. It just amazes me that anyone could fall for such obvious scams.

On the other hand, my old boss, who now has dementia, lost a lot of money to scammers out of Canada who convinced him that he had won millions in a lottery. They bilked him out of thousands before his son and I found out about it.

The bastards!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Dawn - Thank you Maam.

Will - I think they try to scam people who are greedy and trying to make a quick buck.


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kd4rvb 5 years ago from Titusville, FL

If I had a dollar for every email I get telling me some long lost relative died leaving me millions or that I was needed to handle some crazy accounting scam, well I'd, I'd umm.. I'd be a millionaire. I'm glad you saw through the deal in time. Great story telling too.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Will - I think they try to scam people who are greedy and trying to make a quick buck."

Today, most scammers concentrate on the elderly, because they aren't as sharp anymore, and they are most likely to have some savings.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Will - Did you catch what I added at the bottom? The guy must be a complete idiot.


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kd4rvb 5 years ago from Titusville, FL

More like an incomplete idiot, he doesn't qualify to even be a complete one.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

kd4vrb - My froggy legs got a quiver when I read his last e-mail. LMBO I'm worried now.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

FP,

why are hew riting thiz hubb about check ans enforming the publics about my Imean tis business practices Frog all I whanted was for to buy your keyboard. Seriously- Who would fall for it?? Why would anyone bother to send the money to that idiot? my 12 yr old son just said it sounded "fishy- too good to be right"

TH


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Frog Prince

Take it a step further and tell him you cashed the check after all, but decided to keep all the money.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I just saw a 60-minutes with a story that was a similar attempt to scam a woman who had been notified she was the heir of an inheritance in the millions. The thief was Nigerian and lied on camera (not very well, bordering on ridiculous). He was arrested by the waiting police when he left the room. I find the final email from the moron especially enraging as he is threatening you!!! Stupid people never know when to shut up. You replied perfectly. Let him think and stew about that awhile. The problem is he's already on to his next victim. Greed becomes insatiable.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Ah Frog,

I have a related story and "good for you" for being noone's fool, as we must be today.

My husband watches the online checking account like a hawk (to his credit) and spotted three consecutive checks that were "not right"... his name was "Jeff" (it is Geoff); they were cashier's checks (ours are personal checks obviously) and these checks had phone numbers on them, which we would never do... obviously, ID theft and our bank was wrong x 3 (it had all occurred over a weekend/ they were all about $2000 (we have overdraft!)/ they were all from out of state all over the country...)

So much red tape and police involvement boiling down to the situation you described... where three sad business owners (one was a bridal shop dress owner) lost thousands of dollars. We lost nothing thankfully, closed the account and reopened with new numbers... it was just a fluke that we all need to be aware of because people are big fat jerks!

Thanks for raising awareness... Voted UP & UI, mar.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Will - I'll consider that if he comes back at me again.

Amy - I'd like to meet this moron and twist his pencil thin neck into a pretzel. LMAO

Maria - I might be a frog but I'm not too stupid huh?


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cjv123 5 years ago from Michigan

This is an excellent civil service. Thanks for writing it Frog.

There's another scam going on too that just hit my mother's condo community. A guy in a professional looking work suit comes to the door with a package. They told my mother that they had a food package delivery for her neighbor across the court. She wasn't there, and if they leave it out in the heat (in Florida) it would get ruined. If she paid the $100 due in postage, then she could save her neighbor a lot of money as there was over $1,000 worth of food in that box.

My mother told him - in essence, go take a hike. But I'm betting many nice senior citizens not wanting their neighbor to lose out on all that money go ahead and pay for the package. I was so proud of my savvy Mom for not falling for it.

Thanks so much for getting the word out on this Frog! Good for you!

Carol


Pat Potts 5 years ago

We had a response from Craig's list to about something we were selling. The e-mail was she was hearing impaired and we could do all of this through the bank and the money would be for more because of mailing and insuring the item. Hubby knew right away it was a scam. He e-mailed them back and said he wouldn't do it that way. Never heard from them again. Some people would fall for that scam.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

My daughter was living with us and fell for an employment scam off Craigslist. Sure enough, a check for travel expenses arrived, plus about $3,000 that was supposed to be sent to someone in Texas as payment for some baby clothes. The check of course was phony, and had she cashed it she would have owed the entire amount of the check. We then started getting phone calls at all hours of the day and night, with threats that they would turn my daughter over to immigration and have her deported. That was interesting since she was born in the USA. Then the death threats started, and I advised them to come on down for some Arizona hospitality. A friend works for the FBI, and I gave him all the information. He said this particular bunch is from Nigeria, and are nothing to worry about.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

cjv123 reminded me of a local scam that has been going on for years...a guy knocks on the door with a story about delivering frozen prime steaks in the neighborhood, but alas, a mistake was made and he ended up with a whole truckload of extras. He then offers to sell you those supposed '$12 per pound prime steaks' for half price or less.

They are actually a very cheap grade of sirloin. Don't be fooled.

When a stranger rings my doorbell, I am immediately suspicious, and if it's a sales pitch, I cut them off with a quick 'no thank you'. If they persist, I shut the door in their face.

They usually claim to be offended by my attitude, because that's part of the pitch, but I didn't knock on their door...they knocked on mine, so any rudeness was on their part, not mine.


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

Howdy Froggy - Right on top of every Craigslist page is a highlighted warning to avoid falling for such nonsense. Craigslist tries. I bought a very nice piece of equipment through a Craigslist ad. The seller wanted cash money, with delivery to be at a "neutral" site here in town. I brought the money. They brought the item. I got what I paid for and they were paid for what I got...

The only problem with a nice, clean deal like that one would be if the "seller" simply wanted to get you to a place where they could easily rob you, so it is best to make those "neutral" meeting places be somewhere at which other people are present. Like, maybe have the place be the police station or the like. If the seller balks, then you will know that it is a "set up."

Gus :-)))


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Nicole Winter 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

Personally I wouldn't be thrilled about meeting anyone at a Police Station, either, though... My places of choice are always coffee shops with a lot of street traffic. Bring the $$ you need to make the deal + enough for a cup of coffee and there's nothing left to steal if the guy is a shady-dooer. Also, leave your credit cards at home, your ID in a separate zipped pocket... you should be good to go. Always, always meet in public, though. Never give your address to anyone over the interwebz, you've no clue how many of these guys / girls on Craig's List are completely batty!


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

Jim,

I had a similar experience trying to sell a truck. You can always tell these morons because of their blatantly bad English. I too played along to see the outcome. He was going to send me more money than I was asking for and have his agent pick up the truck with a trailer or something and ship it overseas - whatever.

He told me he was an American doctor living in Africa and needed the truck to get around the rough roads - blah blah. So I told him, as part of the deal I wanted a Tse Tse Fly for my bug collection, that I was an avid bug collector. I told him unless he sent me the fly there would be no deal. We bantered back and forth over this stupid fly for a few months and eventually he stopped writing to me. I never did get the check.

Recently I signed up on the Patriot Action Network and made a few replies to some posts on that site. I have been inundated with various kinds of bogus-scam emails. These idiots are everywhere. I guess when you live in a third world country you have nothing better to do all day than lay around on the PC and come up with yet another way to try and cheat some other moron out of their money.

By the way Jim, my rich uncle, the former King of Nagala was murdered in a violent take over and left me several million dollars but I need your help getting the money. I will send you a check for 100 million dollars. You keep half and send me half for your troubles. What was that address again?

- Harlan


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Harlan - 666 Sucker Street, Up Yours, MT.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

NO NO Harlan,

jim is going to pay me for a keyword list set up on a premade webste that will automatically send emails to people on secret lists that I have that is guranteed to generate 100s of leads and hundreds of quality hits per day of know internet shoppers looking for the products and services listed on the website i will set up for him-this proven system will make your money back in the first month guaranteed then you only need to invest tree hundred dollars or so a quarter after that and watch the 000s roll in so jim just send your cc information to this email and we can get started TODAY!!!!!!

notascam@gmail.con

only 3 spots left and they are going fast....

TH


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog,

Occaisionally, those checks with excess money are real; the buyers use them to launder money (e.g., from drug sales).

Stu


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

Stu - whrere can I get some?- I have some people I'd like to send them to then turnem in to the police....

TH


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caltex 5 years ago

TFP - I am sure everyone will learn from this. You're doing us a huge favor for sharing.

I myself have fallen prey to a scam - gave someone $20 after hearing his sob story. Sob story true or not, it probably would have been better if I had declined and have him keep looking for someone who could have offered him to work for the money he needed. Never again!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

caltex - Teach a man how to fish, don't give him the fish. Nuff said?


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I live a few blocks from a major Phoenix street's freeway underpass. A few years ago, I gave a panhandler with a sob story sign, $5, and then drove a block to a Circle K to get gas. When I was done filling up, I went back in the Circle K, and there was the panhandler buying beer!

Why feed their addiction?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Amazing isn't it Frog? I did get scammed like - last week and the police are all involved - it is ugly. And this guys an idiot - the police officer called him and the dumb guy says he is coming in and he just wants to make things right! Yeah, right! Lol

You just never know! Up and everything plus I'm sharing!


Ghost32 5 years ago

I've got one Hub out there on ways Pam and I have been scammed over the years, which we have, but not by the Nigerian bad-English types.

Pam's stepdad did, though. Her Mom, who was the brains in that outfit, passed on in July of 2003. Stepdaddy then immediately let his true colors show, which were not very pretty overall--but we tried to stay in touch as long as we could, tried to help him out (over the phone, as we lived three states and 1500 miles apart).

One day he called, all excited. Yep, Nigerian prince-money, or some such. Sent him the "usual" check, which in this case HIS BANK LOOKED AT AND SAID WAS VALID. He fired off his return "solid money", that being on the order of something like $4,700, despite our fervent warnings that he had his head up there where it's kind of cloudy at best.

A couple of months passed. Then we called: "Hey, Jim!" (Sorry, Frog, his name really was Jim!) "Hey, Jim! Did you get your $3 million? Take that vacation to Hawaii you were talking about,all that?"

Of course he responded, "Yes, I did! Got it just fine!"

Never heard from stepdaddy Jim again. That was going on 8 years ago.

In his case, both factors were definitely present in the personality: (1) Lacking savvy and (2) greed greed greed.

Note: He did slip once, during the next-to-last call, let us know that (a) the check did bounce when it hit the Fed, though the local bank in California missed it, and (b) despite being the ones who told him it was real, they still stuck him for it. Duh.


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Mandrake_1975 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Sorry to hear about your scammer, frog.

When I used to get those scam emails from Nigeria I always switched to display of full headers and forwarded it to the FBI. Then, I'd reply to the scammer with rather rude, outrageous and often hillarious personal information, and clog up their operation with worthless info. I wouldn't recommend others do that though, as any contact with these scam artists is a bad idea.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Tom,

I think they come to you. :)

Stu


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

This is just like all those Nigerian scams. You get an e-mail begging for help and in return you are rewarded with cash. It's hard to believe that anyone falls for these scams but apparently they do.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

BPOP - Yeah but it was fun playing the tuna fish for the idiot he is :)


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Mary Contrary 5 years ago from Columbus, OH

Sorry you had to waste all your time with the scammer, Frog. I retired last year from the fraud department of a large regional bank and saw all kinds of fraudulent activity. The saddest ones were the senior citizens who want to believe that those unexpected checks are for real. I have a hub called "Protect Your Money" that some may find informative. Thanks for sharing your story. The more these things come to light the less chance the scum out there have of winning. By the way the FBI may suggest you notify the Attorney General of your state.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Mary - The FBI Agent I spoke to did and I have.


Becky 5 years ago

Check out the one I just got.

You have a bank draft of $800.000.00 USD which await outstanding payment of $50 USD.You need to Contact Mr.William Harrison Email: fedexcourierserviceservice@yahoo.com.hk Tel:+2348075328622


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

froggie: over the past 10 years, I have been ravaged by scam-artists one after the other. Being a Canadian, I use one little trick to rid myself of them. I have an uncle who was with the R.C.M.P. international fraud squad, and even though he is retired now, all I have to do is mention the title R.C.M.P. and they run away scared like crazy.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Becky - I wonder if we should all bombard his e-mail address?


Becky 5 years ago

Go right ahead and enjoy yourself. I deleted it as spam. It would certainly get his hopes up to dash them into the gutter where they belong.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

frog/becky-

report that email to yahoo as a suspected spammer...

TH

at least he will have to change his email...that and sign him up for like a gay porn newsgroup or senior dating...


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Tom - I was going to suggest that last part myself but avoided it. LMAO

The Frog


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

This is too funny. I, too, have gotten emails such as this on several occasions when selling items on Craigslist. Usually, the sender doesn't even bother to name the item I am selling...simply says 'the item,' or something to that effect. These guys are everywhere and their activity seems to be escalating. Years ago, I rec'd one of those emails from Nigeria and, guess what!...back when I was pretty naive, I almost followed through; even called my brother and read it to him...very few knew of these scams so long ago. But, thankfully, the red alerts were going up because is was just way too good to be true. Oh, how disappointed I was, though....after thinking I was going to be the beneficiary of hundreds of thousands from an unknown, twisty tale of need and greed !!! Yikes!

Great hub and a fun read...and unbelievable as it is...some do fall for these scam artists.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Froggy, As soon as I began reading I said to myself, Nigeria. You should have contacted your states Attorney General.

Should you receive something like this again, and want it to stop dead. Write back, 419 I am The Master. 419 is the Nigerian Police that go after scammers. The Master tells them that you know the game, and you can play it better than them. A friend from Africa told me to do this. These are his words, "never trust a Nigerian, African's don't. H


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

If these people worked as hard at legitimate jobs, they would make a lot more money. Absolutely amazing!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

HB - Some of us were raised with a good work ethic, some of us didn't and a lot of them just want a free lunch. Go figure.

The Frog


Donna 5 years ago

I just received the same original email from Mark on my property (Land acreage) for sale. The most amazing statement from his email is when he states that following payment he will send a mover to pick up the property. LMAO ...Can't imagine how many trucks he is going to send to actually scoop up this acreage (God's earth) and move it elsewhere. Nothing is impossible with God...but Mark is a LOSER. Mark's email smelled of fraud immediately.


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34th Bomb Group 5 years ago from Western New York State

What guy in America spells words in the British version? The first clue in a list of MANY!!

Thanks for following through with this. A friend of mine did this - he played with the bad guy for about 6 weeks - we all benefit from your experience.

Now I know not to use Craig's List. I'd thought about if for some of the furniture I need to get rid of, but will stick to EBay for the smalls.


eclipse 5 years ago

i literally just had the same thing happen from same email address mrkwench@gmail.com

heres the response i got from them, i just asked for their contact info... surprised by no response... lol

Hello,

Thanks for getting back to me, anyway i am ok with all the details

i have gotten, please kindly withdraw the advert, i don't mind adding

$50 for you to withdraw the advert from Craigslist to avoid

disturbance also to be informed that i will pay you with a certified

check and once you have the check cashed at your bank then i will

arrange for the pick up by engaging the services of a mover,which will

be picking it up at your location..I will need the following details

to mail the payment as soon as possible.

Name to be on the check____

Home address____

City____

State____

Zip Code_____

Cell phone #______

Kindly get back to me so the payment can be mail out Asap.

Thanks


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

eclipse - Word for word.


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

Guys,

i get those kinda emails all the time too-

like these

Customer Service Representative, Immidiate start!

Immediate part-time long term opportunity

REQUIREMENTS ARE:

-Good communication skills, both written and oral

-Ability to multi-task

-Knowledge of Word and Excell is a plus

-The physical ability to immediately respond to emergency situations

-Must be able to show valid photo ID or driver’s license

-Must be at least 21

We offer company training, competitive payment, excellent benefits, and an opportunity for growth.

If you have such skills please give your contact information to: email address witheld by TH


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mynameisnotpaul 4 years ago from Kentuckeh'

Just got this scam email today. Googled one sentence out of the body, and sure enough, I found tons of websites where people are complaining about this scam. This is getting a little ridiculous.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

mninp - There is a ring of them operating out there who prey on the stupid who think there is a free lunch. Something we've bred into our society over the last few decades.

TFP


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mynameisnotpaul 4 years ago from Kentuckeh'

Reporting you to the FBI for not doing business with him? What a moron.

And yeah, I hate to say this, but a lot of this activity is coming out of Nigeria and other places. Not sure how much truth there is to this, but I've heard that they have warehouses and office buildings where people sit and just run these scams all day long. It's pretty pathetic, but you've just got to know what to look out for. They can't stay in business if everyone makes an effort to research scams and know the warning signs.


Tom 4 years ago

this moron is trying to pull the same scam on me right now ... im fixing to tell him to get bent


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Informative hub. I once posted an ad on Craigslist for figure skating lessons to be coached by me and just like you, one of the first responses was a shyster from out of the country that could not use the English language well. I promptly emailed back that I knew it was a scam and they left me alone.


supergeorge 4 years ago

This is happening to me right now. I looked up the name of who he wants me to western union the money too and they guy has a facebook page. he lives in Indiana but was born in cameroon (that's close to Nigeria). Think the FBI might want this info??


hotrodtod31 4 years ago

i have this guy on the hook right now. verbatim to the original post. even the heart failure word for word LOL. I'm gonna have some fun with this. I have his 2500.00 check also.

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