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2005-11-03 14:50:40 -
I've just received a money order issued by WF National Bank South Central Faribault,MN from a person who is interested in purchasing a mattress I've listed on Craigslist.com

How do I know if the money order is legitimate?


2005-11-03 14:18:54 -
This is to add with angels below. I am her bestest friend and I started by getting an email from a guy named troy adams kept e mailing me for my information I gave him bogus information and then fed ex called me and I gave them the correct info I thought it was just an ordinary thing Like something I ordered off of e bay. Then I received these money orders for $925.00 a piece and I was astonished as to who would trust a perfect stranger with almost 8 thousand dollars( not me I blow money like its water) Well me and my best friend are now working with the locals and they are working with the fbi I plan on cracking down on this guy I vow to find him. If I ever stop trying its because Im dead. There are innocent people sitting in jail right now because of him. He is ruining lives and I plan on ruining his.


2005-11-03 14:10:15 -
The Troy Adams scam just happen to my bestest friend yesterday she called me and said that this guy sent her 9 money orders for 925.00 and how to put them in her bank. Thats so scary. she almost went to jail we had to go to the police and everything. With the same emails that sandra got. Word for word.


2005-11-03 08:52:01 -
Susan has contacted me recently and wants me to cash some money orders for her........i told her she was a fraud


2005-11-02 23:58:33 -
More info on previous submission

Gary Alvarez's Web Address:
bemyguild@usa.com

And MSN instant messenger as:
Sola
Martins4olu@homail.com


2005-11-02 23:51:39 -
Just to let everyone know, cashing these checks at your personal bank and letting them 'clear' is not a safe way to treat the situation. I thought if the checks clear my bank, and the balance shows up, then the money is good. This is not the case. Please call the original bank or issuer and make sure the checks are legitimate.

I was fool enough to fall for this scam, cost me $3100. I was selling a Chevy truck on a legitimate website, and a guy named Gary Alvarez started negotiations. He was Hell-bent on having this truck for his son as a graduation present. He sent me three checks for $2500 through Walmart Financial Services. Luckily, I only cashed one and took the remaining cash out of my pocket to 'pay' for a $3000 shipping bill. I wired the money, per his request, via Western Union to a, I assume, bogus shiping company in London.

The info he gave me is as follows:
Gary Alvarez
4 Featherstone Street
London EC1Y8SY
United Kingdom

The shipping contact info:
Cynthia Francis
22 Hackney Road
London SW12LH
United Kingdom
+447040112325

My advise to anyone who hears from these people is to: GFY, or go blank yourself.

If anyone has had any successful recourse in finding or is planning to compile evidence to find this SOB, please let me know.


2005-11-02 12:18:15 -
WARNING TO ALL MONEY ORDER RECIPIENTS:

I just received a money order for purchase of an ebay auction item. the MO is from Walmart Financial Services payable thru WF National Bank South Central Faribault, MN. at the bottom of the MO is listed Travelers Express Company, Inc. the amount for said MO is for $2500. I contacted my local Walmart here in Atlanta GA and was informed that (at least in this state) Walmart does not issue MOs over $900.

The sender of the MO stated that he wanted to pay for the item, which is only $1150, and shipping. Then refund the ballance back to the sender.

This does not sound like a factual transaction in my opinion.

NOTICE: to all persons that have received a Walmart Financial Services Money Order, make a copy of said MO and show that to your local Walmart or bank before sending any money to sender of said money order.

caveat emptor, jk

here is all the information i have on this person:

eBay Member: magasuleoluomo10
name: johan nelson


2005-11-02 10:34:30 -
Experienced a money gram scam in Bandera, Texas. Total loss around $14,000. Any information on how this crime is facilitated, would be appreciated. Initiated by phone call to victim of a Postal Express. Caller gave fraudulent information, claiming to work for Moneygram. Contact 830-796-3456


2005-11-01 19:33:03 -
Well as i read on it seems like i am in the same situation diffrent scene. I got a e-mail from a man name Tony Adams and he sent me 12 chks for 925.00 dollars and wants me to cash 5 for the time being and send it to him via western union. well as i read on down the line it looks like everything is a scam. the money order is from Wal*Mart Financial Service payable bank is WF National bank south central but for some reason can't find any phone numbers on the checks. well i guess this person will wait forever for these checks to get cashed he also has a web sight. Here is a sample of the letter i got before he sent the checks


Hello Again Sandra,
It's me again Troy. How is everyone around you doing? Anyway, To brief you about the Job description and what is needed for you to start.
Firstly, What you will be doining is pretty easy. As you may already know, I am willing to set up a branch in America to make things easier for me and to gain a large market for my products. The First step is that You will be receiving payments on by behalf from my clients based in america.
The payments will be in form of Cashiers checks, United States Postal Money order or bank wires Depending on the clients or company policy. The payments will be sent out to you in your name and mailed to you via courier. Then you receive them from your door when it is delivered by courier company such as Fedex, UPS or USPS. Afetrwards, You take them to your bank or check cashing place ( I mean a reliable and fast one LOL) and get the payments cashed. Then you deduct your commision of 7% immediately after cashing and you proceed to MONEYGRAM MONEY TRANSFER to send the money to me in England via transfer or as Directed by me.
That is all what the job is about.
What I will need you to send to me now via email is
1. Your FULL NAME (as it should appear on the Cashiers checks or Money Orders)
2. Your Address where the Payments should be sent to via courier. (physical address needed please)
3. Telephone numbers Which I can easily reach you on.
Afterwards, I will start making payments to you as the company's representative in the United States.
Upon Receipt of the following, I will then email you an Employment form from my company which you are to fill and reply with an acceptance letter and a scanned copy of your identification attached to it.
The payments for my art work ranges between $3000 and $15000 when converted to US Dollars and can be viewed at www.portfolioartworks.com
As soon as I confirm payment coming to you, I will let you know and I will furnish you with information to use in sending money via MONEYGRAM.
I do hope that you understand my mail and reply soonest and with the necessary details if interested.
Regards from everyone around me here.
God bless
Troy
+ 44 7031847181
7031906533
8717201249

NB: Please let me know if you have any other questions also


2005-11-01 01:33:57 -
I have received two money orders via FedEx, I was inquiring whether or not there would be any reward for turning over all the information I have on the senders. Thanks Charles Saunders


2005-11-01 00:52:56 -
I was almost failing in that trap until I search google.com about money orders fraud and I found out that this model from England with a Nigerian name was a scamm. This girl send me 5000 dollars to my apartment cause she wants me to share my room...so I make copies to the money orders (in any case of fraud), I send one to western union. So yes, I was cheated but I won't be hurt by law cause I have the copies of the waltmart money orders. When I found out about that...I was playing with this person in the yahoo messenger..ajajaj it was so funny.

here is the e-mail of that bitch! martins4olu@yahoo.co.uk and the adress of the person that I suppost to send.Edward McCarthy
45 Witten Shepperton Way
New Malden
Surrey
KT27RS
United Kingdom


2005-10-31 23:32:44 -
SO NOW WHAT? I have read all (or most of) your stories, as I too was almost scammed out of $2800. But what I have neglected to read was what to do about all this?
It seems that many stories have similar details, leading me to believe it is the same person or group of people carrying on these scams. Therefore, we all have information that could potentially lead to stopping these people from hurting someone else. Does anyone know what the proper procedure in reporting these cases? Perhaps, we could gather all our information together and that would be enough to bring to the police and they could actually make an arrest. Just a thought... but let's be proactive here and not wait until it happens to someone else.


2005-10-31 16:43:33 -
Correction on my last post, Baker says he perfers ( WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER OR MONEYGRAM INTERNATIONAL MONEY TRANSFER ) Not Feredal express as a typo, sorry///


2005-10-31 16:38:39 -
I have recieved 7 ea. $950.00 Wall Mart Financial Services (Issueing Agent)Money Orders drawn on Travelers Express Co. Inc Ph# 1-800-542-3698. Payable Thru WF National Bank South Centeral Faribault, MN. Serial numers-5396387698, 788, 868, 878, 888, 898 & 908. Dated 10/10/05 Purchaser name not readable, with address of 4919 Scott Reef Dr. Bacuff, Texas, 77518.

The scam is this Guy Paul Baker of Baker Arts and Crafts says he is selling art and stuff and wants me to cash the money orders and send him Federal Express or wire money to him immediately. He's offered to let me keep 10% plus expenses for my efforts, Ain't he sweet. I called Wall Mart they advise me to be very wary of these and I'm in process of getting them declared fake or good at the present. I know they are "fake", I could smell the Scam.

Has anyone else got any info on this guy. In any case be aware of Baker Arts and Crafts Scam. Anybody else contacted by this guy? Let me hear from you??
Anybody else get contacted by him????

He first tells me he's from England them he advise's me later of this address to send money to: NAME : BAKER PAUL, STREET ADDRESS : 200 PARKVIEW LANE, CITY: MARYLAND, STATE :ABUJA,COUNTRY: NIGERIA - 23401.
HE SAYS I STILL CAN REACH HIS MOBILE PHONE NUMBER ( + 44 7031843287 ).


2005-10-31 12:59:59 -
I wanted to see if the following money orders were good payable toWF National Bank South Central.
091900533:544 47569738" 90 $1000
091900533:544 47569668" 90 $1000
091900533:544 47569728" 90 $1000
091900533:544 47569748" 90 $1000
091900533:544 47569678" 90 $1000

all of thiese were purchased by B. Phillips
in Minnesota


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