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2005-10-15 16:27:12 -
well, looks like my story is just like everybody else's that were posted here
hope no one got scammed into giving their hard-earned $ away

to make the long story short, although it's still quite long:

- we're renting out a room out of our house here in the san francisco bay area, and have just gotten 3 'different' responses from NIGERIA in a row on the same day after we posted up an ad on craig's list. 2 women &1 man, all asking 'separately' to send money order/cheques my way in excess of the deposits required; all having first _last name_year yahoo e-mail addresses; all claiming the people for whom they have worked for owe them money, and they're asking those people to PAY me first, and i'm to send the remaining balance back to nigeria after i've deducted the rent deposits (in my case one person sent me FIVE $1000 checks and i'm 'supposed' to send the remaining balance of about $3000 back to two other people in nigeria).

well, i did receive the checks via FedEX 2 days ago (the FedEX envelope that we've received has NO return address, we cannot even tell who sent it)from one of the women. having worked in the bank as a teller for two years in my college years, i KNOW they just don't look right. so i stopped by my bank and had the bankers look at them. several bankers including the supervisor took a look at the cheques, and after examining them for a while, we all agree that those checques don't look like regular money orders that are normally issued by banks.
there are a few things that don't seem quite 'right' with them:

1. 1st of all the numbers for the dollar amounts on the top right hand side look preprinted instead of printed by a bank check machine at the point of purchase, where it should be crisp and dotted, and usually in black ink; and the print is somewhat blurry, which may indicate inferior counterfeit.

2. the routing number at the bottom is also somewhat blurry, it should be crisp like what is mentioned in 1.

3. the paper feels too thin and flimsy, not the usual paper that are used for checks.

4. Instead of a colored stamp signature that is used for authenticating the checks, it only has numbers, and the numbers are preprinted and in a somewhat blurry blue ink.

finally, what the bank is really concerned with is:

5. they cannot find the PAYABLE bank (WF NATIONAL BANK in faribault, MN) printed on the left side of the bank. that is where the money is supposed to come from once the cheques are deposited. how can a bank not be able to find another bank?

6. we also cannot locate the ISSUER agency (TRAVELERS EXPRESS COMPANY, inc.)
when i called it was just a travel agent, not someone that can offer checks.

due to these reasons above, we were reluctant to deposit the cheques as they show no indication of being real. if we are able to find the PAYABLE BANK & the ISSUER agency and VERIFY them, we'll be more than glad to use the money as deposit for rent! think about it, why would anyone want to turn down real and legit money away?

so that was the story thus far, i've related what i found out about the cheques back to the woman who supposedly wants to rent our room. she wrote back via email several times insisting the money order is real. well, we'll see how this story unfolds as it evolves.

i have all the cheques/names/e-mail addresses and even 2 nigerian physical addresses that i'm supposed to WESTERN-UNION the remaining balance over. i'm not sure if this can be of any help to anyone, but please feel free to post any question up here and i'll answer the best i can within the next week or so, as most likely i'll not check back on this site later.


thanks!


w


2005-10-15 13:12:34 - Dawn
I just recieved $5000 in walmart financial services money orders. They even look fake!!! Like they are fresh off a color copier. I am another one posting an ad on roommates.com, got a guy David_more2002 claiming to want the room and sent me a months worth of rent and ofcourse, I am to send the balance to him!! PUH-LEESE!!!!! BEWARE


2005-10-15 01:21:04 -
Received an email today from susart.com. I have also been receiving numerous emails from various persons in Nigeria, etc. wanting to share monies ready to be "confiscated as abandoned" by foreign entities.


2005-10-14 11:11:13 -
well on these money orders i guess there is nothing we can do to get these people. i'm still keeping this thing going with them just so i could turn this over to someone who could catch them but so far no one seems to care. I have tryed the fraud alert and i have called walmart and the bank, i have also notified yahoo as this is happening on there messangers and emails but still i am getting no responce i can keep there emails and information active by dragging my feet and few more days but thats it. If anyone knows of a way lets get them. I havent cashed the ones they sent me but i see others in here that have and are paying for it, there has to be someone in our goverment that can handle it if there isnt maybe we need different people in there.


2005-10-14 06:56:01 -
I just recieved money orders for rent from someone I met online. The person claims to have overpaid and wants me to send you "change" to the tune of $3000


2005-10-14 02:59:58 -
I received four Wal-Mart Money orders to rent a room on my basement. The total was in excess by nearly $1,500. They wanted the difference... I laughed... I see this stuff all the time in my line of work!


2005-10-14 02:39:11 -
This guys story cracked me up. I was selling a motor cycle on craigs list. He actually said: My name is stan williams, I'm a pharmisist currently on tour with the united nations. He went on to say that he would have his wife send me monies in excess to cover shipping. I received the Wal Mart money orders yesterday and he sent me 3000.00 more than I was asking for the motor cycle. What a joke, someone needs to catch these a holes and string em up.


2005-10-13 14:54:15 -
I also recieved the money orders 6 of them for $925.00 a piece serial numbers
54369272056
54369272066
54369272076
54369272086
54369272096
54369272106
I am doing this to catch the retards
the womans name is jessica smith
her e-mail address is jessicasmith777@yahoo.com
hopefully these morons will realize that some people are smarter than them.
c'mon think about it if this was real why isn't everyone else you know doing it
To good to be true people we need to work for our money why can't you?
i know just plain lazy
anyway to all keep away from these scams or the only ones pockets being ruineed is yours
oh and to all people who don't know what to do about this, call the secret service they are the ones that investigate fraud. if you recieve these e-mails, reply to them get the checks and save all e-mails by this person or persons and turn it over to the secret service thats what i'm doing to try and stop these jerk-offs!!!!!!!!
Thank you for reading this and don't lets these scum bags scam you be smart and do something about it.
Also dont take anything from a guy named David Baum from Moontrack as soon as i get new ones to watch out for i will be back to tell you more.


2005-10-12 22:00:04 -
i have three different emails on these guys and 4 1000 dollars money orders and have them on the hook about me sending them the money in a fews days so if anyone knows how i can give this information over so these people can be dealt with let me know as this has gone way to far and people in the US and walmart have to be helping them. maybe we should invade there country next and get our money back.


2005-10-12 16:40:05 -
Posted earlier the police locally can't do much with the scams just question you about the money orders if you try to cash them~~~ Forgot to include the idiots email Jeff Lawson


2005-10-12 16:04:16 -
I been talking to this guy for about a month, he said he was into computer consulting and was over in nigeria. Not knowing anything about this, he asked if i could cash money orders for him that he was puttign a stop on computer parts..So he sent me 4 money orders for 950 dollars each. from walmart financial services. My sister had to cash them and they were released within 24 hours. I tried to Western union when i found out about the consumer fraud. I have all the emails from this guy with all necessary information about this. Can someone let me know what could happen if anything to my sister.


2005-10-12 14:00:43 -
These people try to be so slick they think American women are so stupid as to fall all the flowery words ect it is all a scam!~! I have recd thus far 10 fake money orders LOL what a joke


2005-10-11 21:05:38 -
I WAS SENT TWO (2) MONEY ORDERS (TOTALING $4,000.00)FOR A PROPOSED SALE OF MY VEHICLE. THE MO's WERE SIGNED BY A PERSON IN NEW ORLEANS, LA. I CHECKED WITH MY CREDIT UNION AND WAS INFORMED THAT THE MO"S WERE FAKE (THANK'S TO GOD WHO GIFTED ME WITH THE INTELLIGENCE TO CHECK THINGS OUT).


2005-10-11 16:13:50 -
I have Pups for sale on internet, got emails from "Steven Guile" who wanted to overpay with Money Order, and me to forward overpayment portion to "Shipping Agent". I said no! Two-three weeks later I'm looking at 2 Money Orders from from Nigeria for $1000.00 each from Wal-Mart Financial Services Payable through(You Guessed it)WF National Bank,South Central Faribault, MN. Watch out for these SCAMS!


2005-10-11 16:12:28 -
here is the phone number to check your wal mart financial money orders on the phone. 1-800-542-3590 just follow the instructions i just found out my four had been cashed


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