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Old 03-26-2007, 05:59 PM   #1
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Just wanted to let my fellow rver's know about a little Scam that was tried on me. Chime in if you have had the samething happen to you. The situation: Selling rv posted on internet. Get email from someone saying wanted to buy it. period of 2 months went by and got another email saying sending check for "deposit" with balance upon "inspection and pickup". The "deposit arrives a wk prior to "closing" and inspection. The very next day get a call and email with a sad story and request to "immediately" sent money to someone else, with many apologies for asking this task. Well needless to say I didn't fall for it. Started checking on the check, contact person the money was supposed to have the money western union. The party never told us where he was from or any personal info. Envelope the deposit arrived in was from nigera. Got many request with "person waiting for the money". "send the money", etc. Finally able to chase down the bank and of course the check was fake. Just wanted everyone to watch out for such Scams. So watch out for people sending checks with too much money and asking for a refund immediately knowing the check would not be processed in time to get the feedback.

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Just wanted to let my fellow rver's know about a little Scam that was tried on me. Chime in if you have had the samething happen to you. The situation: Selling rv posted on internet. Get email from someone saying wanted to buy it. period of 2 months went by and got another email saying sending check for "deposit" with balance upon "inspection and pickup". The "deposit arrives a wk prior to "closing" and inspection. The very next day get a call and email with a sad story and request to "immediately" sent money to someone else, with many apologies for asking this task. Well needless to say I didn't fall for it. Started checking on the check, contact person the money was supposed to have the money western union. The party never told us where he was from or any personal info. Envelope the deposit arrived in was from nigera. Got many request with "person waiting for the money". "send the money", etc. Finally able to chase down the bank and of course the check was fake. Just wanted everyone to watch out for such Scams. So watch out for people sending checks with too much money and asking for a refund immediately knowing the check would not be processed in time to get the feedback.

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Old 03-26-2007, 08:37 PM   #3
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..sorry your first post is about a scam ... glad you did not fall for it... and hopefully noone else here has had it pulled on them....but welcome to IRV2 anyway.
Please continue posting all your info and stories you may have to share!
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:21 PM   #4
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Hi All,

Last month I was selling an MP3 player and I received an e-mail from someone claiming to be from Kentucky that he was willing to pay $50.00 more and also pay for shipping via FedEx. Right then I knew it was a scam so I played along with him and he had " United States Post Office e-mail with a photocopy of the check. Wow, So I waited to receive the Shipping Tag and I shipped the item to him and it was also in Nigeria.

Amazing when I received the e-mail from him and the Post Office threating to have me arrested for shipping him a good old fashion American Brick. Hopefully he got the point and decided to build his own home instead of trying to rip people off however I highly doubt it.

I wish I could have seen his face when he opened that box with a brick in it however I should have cleaned a dog pen and shipped that instead. View of his face -- Priceless
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Matt, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have youjoin us here and look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. It is unfortunate that there are those that must try to take adevantage of others. Glad you did not fall for it. You have come to the right place to share good info. We hope you will be an active participant on the forum. Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:05 AM   #6
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Good one Rick.

The check float scam is tried on anything that can be sold. I own a campground w/many cabins. I get offers from a travel agent to book for European customers. The deal is, he sends me a check for the cabins and for transportation. I then send the transportation funds to another company for him. Obviously the first check is bad and I'm out the money. (no I didn't fall for it)

There is a second scam that can be more costly. Using some sad sack story, they convince you to wire money in such a way as to give out your routing and ABA number. Now an overseas bank has EFT withdrawl capability on your account w/no way to prosecute them.
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:36 AM   #7
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Sometimes when you have a few minutes to spare, check out 419eater. This is a website dedicated to the active pursuit if scamming the scammers. Some funny stuff.
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Old 03-28-2007, 01:28 AM   #8
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We also own a small RV park and Vacation Home Rental in Colorado, and had the same "we'll pay in advance for the rental and transportation and then you send the money to the transportation company" scam. I also get inquiries for renting a "block of rooms" from time to time... we don't have "rooms"! While we're on the scam topic, we do a lot of buying and selling on ebay. I just won a DLP projector from a first time seller (no feedback at all, either buying or selling), but he accepted paypal so I was protected. Long story short, when I paid via paypal, he sent the money back to me, asked me to pay by another method (one in which I was not 100% protected), I refused, then he asked me to pay for it to his "brother's" paypal account (which of course would not protect me on receiving the product as advertised... and he could say I never paid him)... needless to say the sale was cancelled. But, be careful out there, these people work really hard at trying to separate you from your money.

Glad you didn't fall for it. And, I agree, good one Rick!
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:47 AM   #9
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Why not just hold the "deposit" check or the "transportation" check and when they want it back (sad story) or want you to forward money to someone else, send them the original check.

Question: Can you be held liable if you endorse their check over to a third party?
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Old 03-29-2007, 07:20 PM   #10
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Seems that if the scammers would put as much effort in to a legit job as they do trying to scam people, they would make a living legally.

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I have a few resort rental properties and I admit I am a SCAM BAITER! I have been a target of these Nigerians for several years and I have a large collection of worthless checks made out to my fictitious manager, most of which I cant name here, but Discheck Snowgood is one of them
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When I advertised my pop-up for sale (before getting my hybrid), I received an e-mail from someone stating they were very interested in it.
They wanted to send me a check for more than the asking price and then me give the difference to their "representative" who was coming down to pick the unit up. I guess that was for his "time and traveling expense?" Ha.
I saved the name and address for a good while but finally threw the info away. Needless to say, I didn't fall for it. Hope no one did.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by footdoc:
&lt;snip&gt; Discheck Snowgood is one of them </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

ROTFL! :-)
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