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2005-12-06 19:41:26 -
I was triing to sell an item on recycler.com. I was contacted by a johnson_kevin2008@yahoo.co.uk. He said he wanted to send me a money order for $3500 and that I should send the remaining money ($2200) via western union to a shipping company. It sounded to good to be true that he was willing to give me $1300 when I was asking $700 OBO. Anyhow, I agreed yesterday to him sending the money. Today a friend of mine told me how his brother got scammed by a guy over the internet from the uk. Then I searched the internet for info. and here I am. I'm sorry to hear about those of you who did get scammed. I'm also greatful for this site for giving people info. on the matter. Please let me know if there is a special agency I should contact when I do recieve the money orders wich I'm sure after reading these letters are fake. I'm in Los Angeles.

Jess


2005-12-06 18:38:45 -
i just received 3 money orders, and i want to know how to resolve this issue with my bank, does anybody have answers for me.


2005-12-06 12:58:26 -
Here is one I got last month. I recieved three money order in the mzail for $800.00 each. I called travelers
express inc and discovered they are not valid. here is the e-mail

Hello Dear,
My name is Kathy Smith,I am an artist with my husband Johnson Smith,We own Century Art World in London(United Kingdon)I live in London United Kingdom,with my two kids,four cats, one dog and the love of my life my husband Johnson Smith. It is definitely a full house, I have been doing artwork since I was a small child That gives me about 23 years of experience I majored in art in high school and took a few college art courses Most of my work is done in either pencil or airbrush mixed with color pencils.
I have recently added designing and creating artwork on the computer, I have been selling my art for the last 3 years and have had my work featured on trading cards, prints and in magazines,I have sold in galleries and to private collectors from all around the world.I am always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling my art works to Americans,they are always offering to pay with MONEY ORDER,which is difficult for me to cash here in London United Kingdom.
I am looking for a representative in the states who will be working for me as a partime worker and i will be willing to pay 10% for every transaction,which wouldnt affect ur present state of work,someone who would help me recieve payments from my customers in the states,i mean someone that is responsible and reliable,because the cost of coming to the state and getting payments is very expensive,i am working on setting up a branch in the state,so for now i need a representative in the united state who will be handling the payment aspect for our company.
These payments are in money order and they would come to you in your name if you are willing to assist as a representative, so all you need do is cash the money order deduct your percentage and Western Union Charges then wire the rest back.
But the problem i have is trust,But i have my way of getting anyone that gets away with our money,i mean the FBI branch in Washington gets involve It wouldnt cost you any amount,you are to receive payments which will be sent to you by fedex or ups from my business patners, which would come in form of a money order then u are to cash it and send the cash to me via Western Union or Money Gram.
NOTE:All charges will be deducted from the money so you are rest assured that you wouldnt send a dime out of your personal money.
If you are interested,please get back to me by sending the following
1.Full Name
2.Home Address
3.Mobile and Home Phone Number
4.0ccupation
5.Age
Reply as soon as possible via email at (kathy_centuryartwork@yahoo.com)
Regards
Kathy Johnson Smith.

NB:Endeavour to visit our website: www.susartworld.8m.net
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2005-12-06 10:13:14 -
I have recieved 4 Travelers-Express Money Grams payable through WF National Bank of Feribault Mn for a total of $6,000. I was selling a vehicle through CARS.COM for $2500.00. This is an overpayment of $3,500.00 and I am skeptical so I an having my bank run a check on it to see if this is on the level


2005-12-05 22:38:00 - angla
I recievedmoney orders from south central faribault MN and they are for the amount of 920.00 ach 6 of them and le me tell you they are fack this a major scam be carefull people..


2005-12-05 20:55:37 -
2005-12-04 01:36:01 - Mel
this story is much like mine but i read this story before i tried to cash the checks. her names is Augusta Turbin e mail and here screename is great_mod_maine on yahoo. i hope that nobody trusts anyone online!!


2005-12-05 19:04:40 -
Referring to Mike's Comment of 12/1/05; I just received the very same email except the couple's names are Susan and Tommy Bryant; her email address is susan_bryant13@yahoo.com. BAD PEOPLE


2005-12-05 18:09:40 - CC
First, I would like to thank you for the reply.
Now, here is more detail--I hope nobody becomes a victim of online fraud.

Name: Richard Ottis
"German" Company: Document Data Pro, Inc
Email (Which he doesn't reply when you want to find out more info): PowersByron32@aol.com

I found his "job" posting on Craigslist. He made it sound like a legit "Sales" position which is the only reason why I showed interest.

Hope this helps.


2005-12-05 13:08:42 -
I was one step away from taking an online job receiving 10% commission for processing money orders. My first red flag was international shipping companies dont have to use money orders they have bank accounts. There is no way money orders could automatically account for the currency differences.
$50 dollars does not equal 50 pounds or 50 yen.
Secondly with no interview what sound business company would just start sending you large sums of their clients money? What is sad though is that they advertise these jobs on search engines which makes me not trust them now because they obviously dont check to make sure a job posting is from a actual company. Jon Kalo tried to scam me, dont let him scam you, this could be funding terrorism for all we know.


2005-12-04 01:36:01 -
I started chatting online with a man whom I met on a dating website. We chatted for nearly a month before he asked me to do him a favor. He said his banks in Africa were not linked to the U.S. banks so he could not cash his money there. He apparently said he was from Maine, but working as a model in Africa, Lagos, Nigeria to be exact. Well being the nice trusting woman that I am, I received the money orders and deposited them into my checking account. I waited for them to clear (which actually didn't clear yet, had only made the funds available to me) and then wired the money to JOHN ROLLANDES. Well, a few days later, the deposit came back as a returned deposit. I was told there was no account found for the money order and to come into the bank whenever I receive the returned money orders in the mail. In the meantime, I had agreed to receive more money orders to send JOHN $5000 now. Earlier it was $3500. I have the money orders in front of me and I am scared to death to talk to anyone about it. How can we be so trusting???? Now, I had to find $3500 to replinish my checking account and MR JOHN ROLLANDES is running around telling me he didn't know they were counterfeit. I plan to contact my bank as soon as possible and then maybe the FBI. Lord, I pray everything will be alright. I hope I am not charged with using counterfeit money. I live in Missouri. DONT BELIEVE ANYONE ON THE INTERNET ANYMORE, especially one who uses the yahoo messenger id of JOHNROLLANDES080! (why didn't I research this before I cashed the money orders and got in over my head??)


2005-12-03 16:09:59 - cc
Hello All,
I just received an email saying that if I become "an American representative" for their German Company and cash their money orders or cashier checks, I then get to keep 10% as my commission and wire 90% to their comany overseas. But it must be done within 48 hours as, according to the email sender, it takes too long for them to cash in Germany and it is not profitable for the company. I emailed him back and asked a few questions such as "what happens in case of a counterfeit check" and what is the website of their company (as I couldn't find it on any search engines). I have not received a reply yet.
Has anyone run into anything like this before? I don't want to put anyone's reputation on the line but, if you can post a message to confirm this is a fraud, I will post their information so we are all aware of it.


2005-12-02 22:55:57 - Pepe
I contacted by russell erickson email:ogericx3@yahoo.com, and I recived two money orders, each made out in amount of $2500 ($5000 total). The product price was $750...
I show copy of last email...

thanks for getting back to me. i just received a message from my client, JACK McCULLOCH that the payment sent is of two money orders, each made out in amount of $2500, definately you are correct with your information. one of the money orders is for your items and my shipper's charges. the other money order was mistakenly made out in your name. so i will like you to do me a favor ... i want you to cash it and send the funds out to my shipper seperately. i would get my shipper notified about the funds, the funds are actually for artworks purchased from a customer in africa.

as per the western union charges, yes i know they charge...! provision for their charges has been made in the payment sent to you ....ok? you really do not need to send cashier check , it cannot be cashed in africa... you know...? so the western union charges should be deducted from the excess funds with you after you might have deducted money, $750 and ofcourse i know your item is going for this price.

totally, you are making two seperate western union transfers. one for the rest funds after you might have deducted your 750dollars minus western union charges . the second one for the other 2500dols minus western union charges . make sure you get back to me with the transfer information as soon as the transfer is made today. do not forget that both transfers should be sent to :


PAUL AKANDE
44 BANK ANTHONY RD,
IKEJA, LAGOS,
NIGERIA, 023401


i am hopeful and sure that you would be able to handle the funds. please let me know your intentions when you receive this email. i know this is out of our normal transaction and i won't mind to compensate you for money handling and for your efforts..

i will be grateful and appreciate your efforts in rendering your assitance. please get back to me at your best convenience.

many thanks.


2005-12-02 20:56:12 -
I did research before I sent any info and found this site. So I sent him an email that I am visiting where he lives and want to see his art the responce should be interesting.


2005-12-02 00:03:01 -
this is what i recieved just today I am so glad i found this site someone email me if you got it too.
message one:My name is Stojanovski Dragan, I am an artist with my Wife Susan Dragan, and
we are the owners of Sus Art World we got your contact from the unites States Information Service centre here in london to which we first made
this application to before you where recommended to us as been competent.I am a Macedonia Citizen living in London, with my two kids, four cats, one
dog and the love of my life my Wife Susan. It is definitely a full house, I have been doing artwork since I was a small child, That gives me about
23 years of experience, I majored in art in high school and took a few college
art courses, Most of my work is done in either pencil or airbrush mixed with color pencils. I have recently added designing and creating artwork on the
computer, I have been selling my art for the last 6 years and have had my work featured on trading cards, prints and in magazines, I have sold in galleries and to private collectors from all around the world, I am
always facing serious difficulties when it comes to selling my art works to Americans, they are always offering to pay with checks and q-chexand
other forms of payment acceptable only in the united states, which is difficult for me to cash here in the London,I am looking for a representative in the
states who will be working for me as a par-time worker and I will be willing to pay 10% for every transaction, which would not affect your present
state of work, someone who would help me receive payments from my customers in the
united states, i mean someone that is responsible, reliable and credible, cause the cost of coming to the state and getting payments is very expensive, I am working on setting up a branch in the states, so in the interim I need a representative in the united state who will be handling the payment aspect.
These payments are in q-chex and checks and they would be specifically drafted to you in your name and sent to you personally so all you need
do is cash the money order ,check or q-chex deduct your percentage and wire the rest back.
But the problem I have is trust, But I have my way of getting anyone that gets away with our money, I mean the FBI branch in Washington will gets involved when our Money get missing, It would not cost you any amount to receive payments which will be sent to you via FedEx, ups or any other credible courrier from my business partners and associates .If you are
interested, please get back to me as soon as possible via email with your full name, address, direct contact telephone number and a scanned copy
of any identity card of you, the form of identification you choose to present must not have your social security number on it for your own privacy and security reasons .please do not reply if you are not a honest, commited and 44)7031964564
reliable individual ,i look forward to hearing from you.
Stojanovski Dragan
Part Time Job

message two
Dear friend,

I acknowledge the reciept of your mail, and going through it, i feel very delighted to write you with the beleive that i'm dealing with the right person in this business. However, i would like to know more about you, as it will be highly appreaciated if you can forward me with any certified form of identification to confirm your identity. Nevertheless, i do hope you would partnership with us in honesty as you sound to be of that quality person we needed in this partnership. Presently there is a customer in canada who would like make payment for an art work which she saw on exibition at my art shop while she was on vacation in london, and i would like to direct her to make her payment on your name, she will be sending the check to you once i instruct her to do so, that is when i have confirm your geniuety through your identification. Moreoevr, i assure you that your interest of 10% will be protected in every money payed to you, as i also beleive our interest will be protected as well, when those payments are being sent to you.
Please send me more information about yourself.
Call me with the above number immediately you recieve my mail!
Thanks
S.Dragan


2005-12-01 19:32:20 -
I WAS SENT 10 MONEY ORDER WORTH $925 US DOLLARS EACH FROM A PERSON FOR COMMISSION TO CASH THESE MONEY ORDERS.
tHIS MONEY ORDERS WERE SENT BY fED eX. THE SENDERS NAME IS JUDE DIVIDSON
ADDRESS: 250RUE W COMMERCE
CITY: ABT
cOUNTRY: CI

THIS WAS A WALMART FINANCIAL SERVICE MONEY ORDER.
IT'S PAYABLE THRU WF NATIONAL BANK SOUTH CENTRAL FARIBAULT,MN

THE MONEY ORDER NUMBER IS : 53391248117
53391248127
53391248137
53391248047
53391248057
53391248067
53391248077
53391248087
53391248097
53391248107
THESE 10 WERE WORTH $950 EACH

I WANT TO FIND OUT IF THESE MONEY ORDERS ARE FAKE OR REAL.
THANK YOU.
MYMOON SHAIK


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