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Now I recieved a response to something I am trying to sell on craiglist. The reponse I KNOW is obviously some scammer, but I just dont know how the scam would work for them?? T is convinced it is genuine (he can be very naive like that!) but I know its not. Has anyone recieved anything similar, or can tell me how the scam works.

Thanks!

Heres the email:

hello.

Thanks for your mail.I need a favour from you:I contacted the shipping company to pay them directly,but they told me they couldn't collect any money from me unless they have assigned the shipper that will come for the pick up of the ( solid oak entertainment center )along side other cars placed in care of the shipping agent and you know that could cause a delay which i don't want in this transaction.A check of $3500 will be sent to you and you will take the following steps:

1.Get the payment cashed

2.Deduct the amount for the goods

3.Deduct Extra $100 for running around

4.Send the balance to the shipper that will come for the pick up through western union money transfer or international moneygram.The balance will be used by the shipper to ship the goods,purchase flight ticket to come to your location and make necessary documents for me. I will let you know when the shipping company assign the person that will come for the pick up.My shipper will come for the pick up on a specicified day that will be convenient for both of you.I will be keeping you updated about the payment.I hope i can count on you for my excess amount.I need to know the following information;the way you

want it to appear on

the payment:

Name in full

Adress in full

Zip and postal code

Home and cellphone number

NB:You will dedeuct western union charges from the amount you will

send to the shipper. I will beexpecting your mail asap.

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This might make interesting reading for you....

http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

Ah thanks!! I will show this to T- damn naivety!! :no:

my answer - play with them. tell them you sent it and keep them occupied.

that's a well known scam btw.

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When my wife was looking for a job she (almost) got involved in some kind of scheme where they'd send her a check purportedly from Lithuania. She was to go to a check cashing service, get it cashed, then Western Union the remainder less 10%. She got one check drawn on a Wachovia account. I called Wachovia and gave them the account number and asked if the check would clear. Of course, the check would have bounced.

I told her if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

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They will send you a cashiers check payable on some foreign bank. What they are banking on is that you dont realize that an international cashiers check can take up to 30 days to clear. After about 10 days or so they will bug you to send the money (shipping agent my a$$). You send the money and it isnt until a few weeks later that the bank returns the cashiers check as a forgery.

Check out http://www.scamorama.com for some fun scambaiting.

Edited by desert_fox

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They will send you a cashiers check payable on some foreign bank. What they are banking on is that you dont realize that an international cashiers check can take up to 30 days to clear. After about 10 days or so they will bug you to send the money (shipping agent my a$$). You send the money and it isnt until a few weeks later that the bank returns the cashiers check as a forgery.

Check out http://www.scamorama.com for some fun scambaiting.

from what i understand, they are taking advantage of there being some law that requires a check to clear in the us in some set about of time. so you can get the money and when it finally is discovered that the check is worthless, the bank comes back to get their money.

this particular scam got lots of headlines in europe when military people were leaving on orders to a new assignment and would sell their car, sometimes to someone running this scam. they'd wind up without a car and possibly still owing on it too.

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Trying to bait them back and have fun stringing them along is always fun. http://www.scamorama.com/ is always a fun read.

oooooohhh this is gonna get fun!! :devil: He is going to regret targeting someone with so much time on their hands........*evil laugh*

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Trying to bait them back and have fun stringing them along is always fun. http://www.scamorama.com/ is always a fun read.

oooooohhh this is gonna get fun!! :devil: He is going to regret targeting someone with so much time on their hands........*evil laugh*

Be CAREFUL. Scambaiting IS fun, but make sure that they do not have any information that could be used to identify you.

Bartek

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