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Old 04-06-2004, 10:18 AM
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Old 04-06-2004, 10:43 AM
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Hmmmm, rings a bell.
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Old 04-06-2004, 10:49 AM
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Don't do it!! A friend of mine got scammed like this....RUN!!!
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Old 04-06-2004, 11:42 AM
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I've been talking to a guy that sounds just like this. He keeps asking me if I received his check yet.

He wants to send three engineers for three days to check out a 28' boat. He will send a check for $7,000.00 that I should cash and pay for there hotel and then send the rest to the engineering firm.

After I led him on for awhile I told him his offer sounds like a scam and I was selling the boat to a local person.

He tried to lay a guilt trip on me then From my return e-mail, I don't think he will be back.

If it sounds to good to be true, it is.
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Old 04-06-2004, 11:53 AM
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yeah.. yeah... yeah.... " Hello ... my name is M'butu and I'm a banker in Nigeria.... I want to send you 1.3 million dollars... when is this stuff going to end?........
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Old 04-06-2004, 12:09 PM
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I say open an account and see what happens, make sure you don't spend the money for a while and that way if/when they want it back you will be whole. There has to be some way to get these guys back. Never send the balance, that is how they turn bad money into good, in the old days this was called laundering or changing.
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Old 04-06-2004, 12:50 PM
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Too good to be true. SCAM....
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Old 04-06-2004, 01:24 PM
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Here's my copy of the same thing.

Hello Greg

Thanks for the reply i have recieved the pics sorry i amout of town i can rech you for now let proceed forward my engineers will come to access the condition of the BOAT so please furnish me with the nearest airport to you so that when the engineers arrive you will come and pick the engineers.

i will like to know how much it will cost for lodging three days note that the hotel resevation will be at my own expense.

i will preffer the room for $100 per night the engineers are three in numbers that will come to you for the inspection for three days they will also come along with actual amount you want to sell the BOAT US$40,000.

for now i will instruct my creditor in THE STATE to issue a cashiers check worth of $7,000 and you will deduct the cost of the hotel reservation expenses and send the balance to the engineering company that will come to you for inpection it will be used for frieght charges and order charges

please send the below information so that i will forward it to
the creditor to issue the cashiers check base on your information.




Notice they aren't smart enough to not use all caps for the <fill in the name> field. I sent it to the FBI. They have a whole web site just for this scam.

"Thank you for your submission of information via
the FBI.Gov Web site. A review of the information
you provided reveals that you may have been
approached over the Internet to participate in an
advanced fee scam. There are many variations of
the scam, but most offer to pay for an item with a
cashier's check that turns out to be fraudulent.
The victim's bank does not discover the fraud
until after the victim has forwarded money to the
perpetrator. Inasmuch as the FBI receives reports
of this type of activity on a regular basis there
is no need to forward any such additional emails
to the FBI.

You do not need to forward the emails to us.
Also, if you know that you are receiving Spam
mail, it is advisable not to open the mail because
your email address will be validated by the sender
even if you don’t reply to the email.

For your information, the Internet Tip Line (ITL)
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Old 04-06-2004, 01:31 PM
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Except for the money amounts that the exact e-mail that I received from good old Sheldon.

Wouldn't you love to meet this piece of crap in a dark alley
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Old 04-06-2004, 01:32 PM
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Sold a 2002 30 Daytona for 175K, they sent me a cashiers ck (down payment) of 75K. I made many phone calls (first to the bank which said it was good to go ahead and cash it) only to find out it was a scam. I tore up the check.
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