Internet buying Scam Be aware!!!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by chrisjohnston, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. chrisjohnston

    chrisjohnston Member

    Please all be aware of the latest internet scam, this has been tried on me but failed, the Police advice is to do nothing with requests like this, it is a Scam.
    Please see a copy of an email sent to me below and don't get caught out.

    Stay safe

    Chris Johnston

    "How are you doing today? I want you to know that the deal is on and
    according to my Secretary she has posted your payment already and you
    will have it anytime from now,i guess you know how to handle
    everything and please don't bother about any other buyer for the Cornet.
    Though I am afraid there was a little problem which I guess we can
    handle with understanding. When I contacted my secretary to see if the
    the check had already been sent, I found out that there was a
    misinterpretation while sending the check. According to the
    instruction I gave her,she was supposed to send you a check of £395
    for the item, but instead she sent a check payment of £2500!
    This is a pretty terrible mistake and the check was already out for
    delivery to your location before I found out about this, I guess she
    didn't get it straight, so please i wouldn't like this issue disturb
    our transaction considering the fact that the deal is still on.
    What you could do is that once you get the check you should please
    take it to the your bank and cash it immediately. You then deduct £60
    for all the trouble i have put you through during the course of this
    transaction as well as for your running around and the bank charges
    for cashing the check, so that you can then wire the excess fund to my
    mover via money gram that same day.Which apparently was supposed to be
    sent to the mover initially for outstanding payments currently being
    owed for other items moved for us previously.
    Since its now coming to you, I guess I can count on you to handle this
    with trust and have the excess money wired to my mover so he can come
    over right away. Please do mail me back immediately to let me know
    that i can count on you to handle everything with care.
    I will be expecting your mail as soon as possible
    Thank you.
    Best Regards and Have a Great Day ahead"
     
  2. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    How I imagine it goes, based on similar scams often used in conjunction with eBay -

    You actually do receive a cheque for £2500, which you cash. This cheque takes a few days to clear.
    Being a good citizen, you straight away wire back the requested amount of £2065. This clears more quickly than the cheque, and your money has gone.
    Then...
    The cheque bounces and you are £2065 out of pocket.
    And the other end of the transaction is untraceable.

    Always useful to give people the details. There isn't actually any need for the internet to be involved here, although it often is.
     
  3. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    On a lighter note about these scams, there's a website here dedicated to tricking the scammers and making them do incredibly silly things.
    I've been going on this website for a few years now and it always provides a few laughs!
    Go to Letters and then Book Worm. Hilarious!
     

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