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Daryl -the other brother
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I started a post on this subject under "a tangled web we weave" back in May. Seems this practice isn't as uncommon as we thought. Receiving one of these calls, I said there were many packages available and I needed more information to offer the best one for his party. His response was "send me everything you offer and I'll pick what I want". When I insisted on a phone number to talk to him directly he stopped contacting me. I still get these on my website about once a month, I now just delete them.
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SCAM...I had a friend that followed through with most of a money order one, to get more information for the police.

The money order he received looked perfect, the bank said it was fine but was a fake. He called the NY bank it was drawn on to check the numbers and they did not even have those numbers in their system. They were not concerned in the least. Of course had he taken it to the bank they would have passed it and had his signature on it. After a few processing days, I imagine there would have been a knock at his door. He did just turn it over to the police, but they did nothing.

**** you can search for scams of this type (looking for keywords from the email)

http://www.snopes.com
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Got this one today:

Quote:

Goodday Sir/madam,
How are you doing?
This is Paul Wiston a british citizen from cleverland ohio in united state here I work as a priest and I am organising a birthday party for my wife sharron by name which is 39 years old and will be clocking 40th on 29th of july 2006.
And the party will takes place right there in her house in Street Address:
21 East State Street Lobby
Columbus, OH (Ohio) 43215-4261
and I got to find your advertistment on the website and so interesting.
I will like to know if you are still available for the date.More also I will like to know if truely your location is not too far from myresidence so as to make my funds be cheaper.
Also I want to have your price for the service of four hours on the date
The party will start by 1;pm in the afternoon and ends up by 5;pm in the evening.So let me know the cost of the service ?
Concerning your comming here you will need to have calculate it with your services
Also ill want you to send to me your quote and contract if needed for me to be sure you are legit and you really want to work for me.are you registered?licensed?
So let me know the cost for your Full service and also advise me back so that I can arrange in sending you a certified check drawn from United States Bank as soon as we clearify with exact cost.
I await your email today.
Regards
Paul
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Hmmmm, that stuff's freaky -_-

You'd think that if you wanted to scam someone you'd try to make it legit and not use words that don't make sense in that sentence! ... you know what I mean? Hmmm, yeah, what's up with that? Don't fall for it. I get loads of that sort of thing on ebay ... mugs
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These emails are very clever. Basically, the cheque by you is cashed. As it takes 5-7 working days, all seems fine at the bank. Money is credited to your account, and you use your money to send the difference on to them. Then, they cash your cheque and get the difference. The only problem is the bank very quickly then finds that the cheque has bounced, and you are the one left stuck paying the difference back to the bank. Best thing to do is to reply and have a laugh with the person. If there is someone you don't like, have it sent to their address (Joke). Or just give them a fake address, and let them waste their postage in sending it to an address that doesn't even exist.
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I've seen the exact same premise used for such things as guitar lessons. ("I will pay you $XXXX to fly to _________ and teach my nephew ....")

On-line, pretty much any object you have to sell, or service you have to offer, is liable to attract similar rip-off attempts.

It's 100% a scam.
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Quote:
Quote:

"cleverland ohio"



I like that one! I wish I could live in cleverland!
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I was very tempted to refund the overpayment -- with a fake traveler's check!

It only seems fair...
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If you have the time, string them along. It can be very entertaining. Get some good tips here: http://www.419baiter.com/
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Here's one I got a couple of days ago. The funny thing is, I don't, in any way, do the big illusions, which I tried to convey. They insisted that they would build everything to my specifications. I told them I didn't have any specifications, and it would be impossible to put this act together in 5 days. I wished him good luck. I have no idea if it's a scam or just a poorly organized and desperate event planner:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dear Mr. Alexander,
Greetings from India.

I work for a company in India by the name of RAMS Relationships. We are in the business of managing events for large corporates.

I need to check on your availability to come down to India on 5th September 2006.

The details of the event are as under:

It is a launch of 2 brand ambassadors for a major motorcycle brand in India - Hero Honda. What we require you to do is make a Motorcycle (125 cc) disappear from stage and make the 2 brand ambassadors appear in it's place.

The audience will comprise of media and senior company management.

I know that the there are just 5 days left for the event and accordingly, our request is also, extremely urgent. I would appreciate it if you could inform me about your decision at the earliest possible occasion.

Your travel and stay shall be taken care of and shall not be included in your charges for the show.

I shall be waiting for your revert.

Thank you.

Warm Regards,
ASIT GANGULI
ASSISTANT MANAGER RELATIONSHIPS
RAMS Relationships
A Division of Chateux Hospitality Pvt.Ltd
Contact No: +91- 124 - 5042224
Handphone No- +91 - 9311106664
Fax No: +91 - 124 - 5042231
Rams Relationships
Plot No 68, 2nd Floor
Sector 18, Gurgaon 122015
Haryana, INDIA
Telephone: +91-124-4042224
Fax:- +91-124-4042231
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Hey, take that one. Smile
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Yeah...I got the same one from India. Imagine that...a "major company," who wants to book you less than a week in advance for an event for their bigshots. Right!

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Christopher Williams
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Its the best 'fake' I've read, then! Sounded promising. You should actually email them back on that one, you might regret it!
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One word... SCAM!

If it smells bad, and it looks bad.. well?
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Scam it is.
Southwest Sam
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Same thing hit the Clown industry over the Summer. Read all about it here,,,,
http://www.clown-ministry.com/index_1.ph......_beware/

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Just once I'd like to see a scam letter that's not RIDDLED with misspellings and torturous English. Anybody who falls for one of these things is very, very gullible.
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You would think that, at the very least, they would want to get their spelling and grammar correct just to have a better chance to take in some poor sucker...I mean victim. Smile
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We received one yesterday via the Gigmasters site which we are members of. Because it came with the Gigmaster logo ans a confirmed booking, we were tempted to believe it was legit.

It was not. Gigmasters has confirmed this.

Be careful.

Do not send your name, e-mail address and otehr info to people that you snese are scamming. Check them out first through other resourses, contact, the Café., etc.

Be careful.

Sincerely,
Jonathan
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The Scammer wrote us back again, asking me to send a contract for him to sign, and saying that they were sending the check in the mail and to expect it to be an overpayment for the caterer, etc., yada yada...

Because I had already sent the scammer our mailing address, and because I do not want to receive this bogus check, I wrote back one last time the following (see below). Hopefully this will end his pursuit of us once and for all . Should I receive any more e-mails from this scammer, I will not write back.

The end (I hope!).

Here's our final response to the scammer, "John Marsh"... Thank goodness, none of it is true!
_____________________________________________________________

Dear Mr. Marsh,

Please do not send the check. I am no longer available to perform for your event as something very tragic has happended in my family.

Should this check already be in the mail, do not worry, if I receive it, I will rip it up immediately.

I cannot go into more detail, but please accept my sincere apologies.
I must deal with this tragedy and likely will never perform again.
Jonathan
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