2nd chance scam
hi- I guess there must be "boiler-rooms" all over Europe and Africa FULL of flunkies hacking into auction and for-sale and for-rent sites, sending out bogus offers to buy or sell. Just got one this week, a 2nd chance offer to buy a truck from about 30 miles away, except suddenly the return email address was something like firstname.lastname@example.org- UK being United Kingdom I believe. And suddenly his name was Allen West, not Ross like when I talked to him on the phone. And suddenly he had moved, and the "car" was in storage, and I could only look at it If I paid him a $1,900 deposit to fly out and show it to me, blah blah blah. I screwed with him for a few emails, then got bored with the whole thing and told him to get a real job. I believe this is NOT the work of isolated thieves, that it is at the very least the work of organized crime, IF NOT organized terrorism. Pretty clever, really- first steal from those you hate, then use that money to sponsor who knows what kinds of terrorism both here and other places. Anyway- SCRUTINIZE all transactions on these websites, be skeptical, and lets cut off their flow of money. They are not hard to spot if you look at return addresses, slightly mis-spelled or punctuated web-site names, poor english syntax, strange excuses and demands, etc. Heads up!!