Computer Crime Research Center


Computer crime hits the US

Date: August 20, 2006

An Internet scam sweeping the United States has reached a family in Jefferson County.

The scam involves the selling or renting of items over the web. After the foreign perpetrator agrees to buy the item, payment is agreed upon and the culprit sends the victim a cashier's check or money order in the mail. The amount the scammer sends is more than what was agreed upon. Then, the scammer sends the victim an e-mail saying he or she made a mistake and asks for a refund of the extra money.

The victim, without waiting for the scammer's check to clear, sends the overpayment to a Western Union office in another country. The original check is fake and the culprit takes the overpayment money sent back by the victim.
Original article

Add comment  Email to a Friend

Copyright © 2001-2013 Computer Crime Research Center
CCRC logo