$15,000 cheque came in the mail today


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  1. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I know this may not be the right section to post this, so please mods move it to where it should fit.

    Ok, here we go.

    I recieved an email about 10 days ago.

    This is what it was.

    Hello,

    How are you doing? i hope you having a wonderful time,I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently away on business. I am in Australia so there will be no physical interview. I will prepay you in advance to do my shopping,i will place orders for sample art works i will be needing and you can receive them. I will also have my mails and packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable to stay at your house to get my mails, I can have it shipped to a post office near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience. When you get my mails/packages; you are required to mail them to where I want them mailed to. You don't have to put money out of your pocket, all you have to do is have packages shipped to your house and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content. The content of the packages are computers and electronics,sample art works, clothing business and personal letters.

    All expenses and taxes will be covered by me. You will work between 3 and 5hrs weekly,How much will you charge per week? I will pay $400.00/week. That is not a bad offer is it? I need your service because I am constantly out of town. I work in real estate and I own an Art Gallery in Australia. I will return to USA in November so this process will be on going till then. If you don't mind, I will meet up with you when I return and then we can talk about the possibility of making this long term. Well, let me know if you are able to handle the position,Also i will provide you my personal UPS account number for Shipping. All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will be applied into my account. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well the funds to cover them.i will be mailing you money to do my shopping plus upfront payment for your service, where would you want it mailed to? How should your name appear on your Cashiers Check? Kindly provide me with the following details below

    Full Name:
    Full Address:(NO P.O.BOX)
    City:
    State:
    Country:
    Zip Code:
    Phone Number:
    Age:

    I await your response with necessary details in other to proceed asap.

    Warmest Regards,
    Mr Adams.
    Art and Gallery/Real estate


    So, I knowingly what this was. Decided, that I will go ahead and try to scam the scammer. By making him work his thing.

    I gave him my first name which is Mel, and the rest was fake such as bank info, age, phone number, and the only thing that was real was my address.

    A day or two after. I get another email. This time from an Larry.

    This is what it said.

    Good day

    My name is Mr Larry ***** I'm contact you on behalf of (ADAMS ****) has instructed me to send you a payment,
    Meanwhile l will need the following information for the check to be issue.

    NAME TO BE ON CHECK.................
    DIRECT MAILING ADD......................
    ZIP CODE/ POSTA CODE................
    BANK NAME..................................
    CELL #............................................
    HOME #..........................................

    Feel free to contact me at anytime of this transaction


    So a day or two later I get this other letter saying they will be shipping me a cheque.

    Today, I got the cheque via UPS Express in a big envelope.

    Now, I had no plan on going to cash this cheque. I was actually amazed at what they did. But I know its some sort of scam.

    Now I just need some advice.

    Should I go to the police tomorrow to explain this scam to them.

    Or just rip and burn the papers.

    I really want these scammers to be busted. But I dont want to somehow get myself into some crap that I should not be in.

    I will most likely go to the police and report it, if thats the smart thing to do.

    So guys, crazy story! eh?

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    I shouldnt be worried about the scammers names, but I blocked it in case they were legitimate people whos identity were stolen and cheques.
     

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  2. GG1

    GG1 Well-Known Member

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    You shouldn't be worried about the scammers name but since you only blocked his name at the top and not the bottom,we all know its LARRY McCOY.
    Good luck with the scammers, i personally would have never given them my personal addy.
     
  3. w_bovine

    w_bovine Well-Known Member

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    I might be inclined to let the bank know and see what they want to do about it.
     
  4. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Yup, Im not worried about giving them my address.

    I am moving in november lol.

    It would be glorious if these scammers could be caught.
     
  5. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    This is what I am thinking of doing aswell.
     
  6. GG1

    GG1 Well-Known Member

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    What for? We all know the check is fake plus that scam is probably all about identity theft. Bank won't do anything.
    The scammers want your name, addy,bank info and they're all set.
     
  7. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    It makea me think they probably want more to do than just that.
    Why else would they go through theffort of mailing that stuff.

    Their prints could be on the papers.

    I touched everything with care.

    somebody should be able to do something.
     
  8. rayn1328

    rayn1328 Well-Known Member

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    I have a ******ed friends that actually sent someone 1500 bucks thinking it was real, got thw check like you did and surprise it was fake.
     
  9. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    So he sent a fake cheque he recieved to someone else?

    Not sure, but I think you mis-typed what you said?
     
  10. VegasOnAcid

    VegasOnAcid Well-Known Member

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    If you don't want to get into anymore shit you should just stop where you are now. Not proudly, I was involved in a lot of shady stuff a while back. As these people might just be stupid scammers that just pray on the gullible, someone with a motive can take the smallest bit of information about you and turn your life upside down.
     
  11. GG1

    GG1 Well-Known Member

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    Here's a little friendly advice....... The last thing i would do is take that check to the bank and i most definitely wouldn't even think about trying to cash a fraudulent check.
     
  12. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    The information they got from me, anyone can find out of a phone book.

    I did not give them my real bank name, real last name, real phone number, real age, real birthday, real anything but my first name which is Mel and address.

    Now, I know they cant do anything with what I gave them.

    So, I am not worried as you might think.

    I am more suprised as to why they sent me a fake cheque in the mail.

    You can find a whole lot more info from people on webpages and newspapers.
     
  13. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Not sure if you read my entire post...

    I am not planning on going to cash/deposit this cheque.

    I have stated that numerous times already...

    What I plan on doing is report it to the police, and had an idea of reporting it to the bank. But police would be a better idea.

    I am well aware of what this is, which is why I posted this stuff.
     
  14. GG1

    GG1 Well-Known Member

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    That's what i am trying to say, i know you will not try to cash it so i see no reason going to the bank with a fraudulent check so the police is a much better idea. I still dont think the cops will do much about it but its worth a shot i guess.
     
  15. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    It would be nice for them to catch whoever is doing this.

    Will update tomorrow as I will be going to report it.
     
  16. GG1

    GG1 Well-Known Member

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    Sure would be nice..... Let us know what happens.
     
  17. VegasOnAcid

    VegasOnAcid Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure its fake? They can claim you fraudulently wrote the check and some banks are dont keep your information too confidential. So you don't get the money once they stop pay and mark it as unauthorized and if they know the right people they can find out what bank account tried to cash it. Or since these kind of scammers pray on gullible, they can also claim that after your bank refuses to cash it that instead they will just do a ACH transaction straight to your account and will ask for different information.

    And yes the information they you gave is easy to find in the phone book if you know who you are looking up. Which they may not, it was probably a mass email to fish out people who were gullible. Once you get a bit of information from one person you work off that and end up with a whole lot of stuff.

    I am not saying be freaked out, but if you want to just be the safest I would just let it go. Stopping one person or faction is honestly not going to do anything in the grand picture.
     
  18. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time... Moderator

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    I can almost guarantee that the check is counterfeit. I worked for a Credit Union for a number of years and this is a variation on the well known Nigerian scam:

    1. They send you a large check
    2. You deposit it into your account
    3. You purchase items and ship to them (alternatively you send them cash sent in excess of the agreed upon terms).
    4. Several days later the fraud department of your bank contacts you about the check. They've determined that it's fraudulent. They immediately remove the funds from your account. Since you purchased and shipped goods and/or cash you are now out the funds they sent and the value of anything you sent to them

    Do be careful about playing this game with them. In the past there have been instances where the sender of the email had local "muscle" in the event the target decided to scam them and not fulfill the terms of their agreement.

    snopes.com: Nigerian (419) Scam
     
  19. VegasOnAcid

    VegasOnAcid Well-Known Member

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    +1 This is what I am saying.. Most of these phish scams are not well put together and just looking for idiots to just hand over their real information. But if you f with the wrong people you will have someone sitting outside your house watching your every move.
     
  20. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

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    One rule of thumb...

    If it seems to be too good to be true, it is.
     
  21. VegasOnAcid

    VegasOnAcid Well-Known Member

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    Well he knows it is not true :p
    But at the risk these people are the real deal, you have to ask yourself, is it worth it to be vigilante about it...
     
  22. byteware

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    Contact the police, but inform the scammers that the money has been made available to you by the bank.

    There will be some sort of request made of you by the scammers and see where it goes...

    Get the police involved and see what they can do.
     
  23. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    New Update

    Well I went down to the police station and I told them about the whole thing but they said that they get that all the time, and theres nothing they can do about it.

    Cops told me they wont bother with these type of things. And thats that.

    I told them I did not want any of those papers so he said he shred them up.

    Scammers are always gonna win.
     
  24. GG1

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    I knew the cops weren't gonna do anything. At least you tried.
     
  25. melll

    melll Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Yup, not a damn thing they will do about it. Just got this from the scammers.

    Hello Mel,

    Thanks for your patience? I have also been informed by my financial handler that payment has been made out to you and you will receive payment before Thursday. So, i would want you to update me as soon as you receive payment, and as soon as you receive payment, you are to go ahead to your bank and have it cashed out instantly at your bank, then you will deduct your salary of $400 and you are to wire the remaining funds to Art company i have made orders for some samples. Further instructions on how the funds will be wire to the Art company will be given as soon as you receive payment, And also, i will provide you my personal UPS account number for Shipping as soon as every thing is done.

    Thanks
    Mr Adams.


    I replied with a nice heart warming message.

    I was held at the bank and placed under arrest. The police have my email information and will trace you. Go f**k yourself.
     

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