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Old 08-19-2005, 10:50 AM   #15
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This exact scheme was recently reported in our local newspaper.

Good job for reporting it to all of us 'streamers!
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Old 08-19-2005, 12:14 PM   #16
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The scam is : they always send more than the item and ask for the extra money to be returned. Or; your name is the same as the name on an account and if you send them so much money and sign some phony documents they will split the account with you. A lot of the scams are coming out of Africa.They play to your greed.
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Old 08-19-2005, 12:34 PM   #17
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This does look like a version of the old "419 Scam".
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:03 PM   #18
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Sales scams

Nigerian scams like these are so abundant these days it hardly seems worth listing anything for sale anymore. We listed an old car on Hemmings this past spring (with e-mail and phone number) and a very creative scammer contacted us by phone via Deaf Relay. It didn't take too long to figure out that it was a scam, but it certainly wasted the Relay operator's time and everybody's taxpayer money, since U.S. Relay services are federally subsidized...
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:20 PM   #19
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I've had the same problem with selling things on Craigslist. They now have a warning at the top of each page, and only use anonomous replies instead of emails. I got four scam responses wanting to buy my $300 guitar (nothing special) and ship it overseas, all of them using strange grammar and punctuation. I listed it again with 'will not ship' and finally got a reply from a local who wanted to buy it in person. But the scams are getting very bad, especially when you get more scam responses than real interest - how depressing!

A local couple lost a bunch of money when their bank confirmed that the scam check was real, only to have it come back weeks later as fake. By then they had already sent the 'extra' amount back to the scammer.
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Old 08-19-2005, 09:30 PM   #20
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HSBC is my mortgage corporation. A scam in & of itself.
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Old 08-19-2005, 09:31 PM   #21
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scams

Here's a recent one to look out for. I just received this several weeks ago.
They want to send a driver to pick up as soon as the check arrives...
This one is particularly targeted at people here.
Lesson #1: The goods never leave the driveway until the funds clear. Period.
Be on the lookout, here's what it looks like:

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Here's a link to a very funny guy who likes to mess with the Nigerian scammers ...Ebola Monkey Man
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That is one funny site. He really gets those idiots going. I like his t-shirts too.
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How do you find that stuff !! That's funny. Thank's for the yuks.
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How do you find that stuff !!
I'm a bottom feeder.
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Old 08-21-2005, 12:49 PM   #26
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Amazing that anyone has that much time on their hands! But I'm glad they showed all their hard work on a web site. I laughed, I cried.
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People buying and selling high dollar items online might consider going through an escrow company: https://www.escrow.com/index.asp

There are many to choose from: http://www.auctionbytes.com/cgi-bin/...ifraudservices

And, as ever, caveat emptor:
http://www.sos4auctions.com/ (the fraudulent escrow site database)

The first one I mentioned is registered with the state of CA, provides a link to CA's site, and their License number. Just like with a contractor, you are free to take that number and call the government entity they are licensed with, and confirm their legitimacy. Or, you can take them at their word.
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