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Old 01-29-2003, 03:03 PM
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Cashier’s check scam takes on a new form

Scam artists are back. And once again, they appear to be targeting dealers in the Gulf states of Florida and Texas.

“I don’t know; maybe they think they’re just a bunch of country bumpkins down there,” speculates Phil Keeter, president of the Marine Retailers Association of America. “The boat show season is a prime time for them to do this because the salesmen are so busy.”

Having read about cashier’s check scams late last year in Soundings Trade Only, two intended targets of the latest scheme — a Florida dealer and another in Texas — were suspicious from the start. The only thing they lost in the end was the time they spent negotiating and arranging the potential deals.

In the earlier scheme, a fake company scammed Gulf area engine dealers out of thousands of dollars by using counterfeit cashier’s checks to pay for purchased engines. In its newest variation, the scam involves boats posted for sale on the Internet

The dealer is contacted by e-mail by a prospective buyer who claims to be in Africa. After several e-mail exchanges, the scammer phones to close the deal.

Ultimately, a cashier’s check is sent that proves to be counterfeit.

Keeter says these cases show “how far reaching the Internet is, but how careful you have to be when you deal with an unseen customer.”

— Melanie Winters
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Do u have any info as to where in Africa. I`ve been talking with one from Nigeria,when I told him he would have to wire money to my acct.(shell acct. at bank with no assets) that was the last time I heard from him.
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Can't you just cash that if it's legit to the amount of the $5000.00 that the bank pays and keep it? 105, sorry maybe I wasn't following what you said.
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Ah, thank you !
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Theres all kinda SCUM out there scammin us honest hard workin people,we once lost 1300 bucs after some dick worked us over on a welding machine with

a certified bank check. load the guns tripps
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