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cardone
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Hello I have been getting these emails for about a year and I found out it is a internet scam.... They all read about the same ... This one I got tonight.......

Hello,
My name is Mr Bob Emmerson Please I am in need of a Magicians for my upcoming wedding which is on the 22th of Nuvenber 2005.And I will need you to come and cover the reception for just 1hr and the
cation of the reception is at my church in ohio (cincinnati). And a minimum of 1hrs we be needed from you and I will want you to take a very good coverage . Please I will like to know the price for the service to be rendered to me and also I will like you to let me know if you are in ohio or outside the states and the transportation fees be also taking care of by me . And on the day of the arrival I will send my driver to come and pick you up at the airport so that you would not have problem when locating the venue .
please let me have the total price including the transportation fees so that I can have the payment send to you .
Please I will be paying you with a check which will be sent to you on my behalf bcos right now I am in U. K with my fiancee to get things needed . And we would be back in the states before the wedding commence .
Please let me have your NAME AND ADDRESS WITH YOUR PHONE NUMBER so that the check can be mailed to you as soon as possible .
And please you can reached me on mine THURAYA SATELITE CELL NUMBER WHICH IS +2348052314644 OR GET TO ME THRU UK NUMBER +447031943305.

Please get in tourch with me back as soon as possible .
Best Regards,
Bob.



......when you respond they send you a bad check and then call you and tell you they sent too much money.......
then they ask you to send them back the difference....scamaroony.......
They all read the same ..has anyone else got one ...please spread the word about this.......
Lee Darrow
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If you get one of these, first thing, do NOT respond. Second, contact the FBI or Interpol with the complete details and a copy of the scam, with all internet mailing header details. Slimeballs like these should be taken down, hard.

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I have recived simular emails like this and they are all scams. The one I got came from South Africa and it was in responce to something that I was selling. They wanted to send me more then it was worth and their "banker" was going to pick up the difference. I suggest doing exactly what Lee said and report them as soon as possible. These people are just parasites and should be rubbed out.
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I have recieved simlar emails when I was selling some guitars.
They wanted to over pay me for the items. Some wanted the over payment back, some did not. I felt both were going to be bad checks (ESP?). So I contacted the FBI. They said this is a world wide scam.
"We are what we pretend to be" Kurt Vonnegut, jr.



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RandyStewart
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Let's face it guys, people DON'T just "overpay" whether by check, credit card, or cash - it's extremely rare. When it's real money for an honest exchange, it's handled carefuly and down to the last dime. If you've had any experience selling anything to anyone, you'll see how careful private individuals and even companies with more accountants than know what's going on will be with their money.

Sometimes getting people to pay the bare minimum for anything can be a challenge.

The words "Oh geez I'm sorry, I wrote that check out for $1,500.00 more than you asked." reeks of scam. Those who write the checks are incredibly careful about decimal points and amounts.

Two that I know who've gotten as far as receiving the bogus check were asked for the difference in the amount of several hundred dollars.


Posted: Oct 19, 2005 3:06pm
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If you get a chance watch "Incredible Cons and Scams I&II". I recently came across part two on (TLC) The Travel Chanel. It's a tiny but valuable education on unscrupulous cons/scams played out with huge success on travelers. Part One of the program has unbelievable scams exercised by cons with nerves of steel.

I'm all for the entertainment value of a say a street performance or bar bet. Hey, a bet is a bet even if the "mark" didn't stand a chance! No problem there. You wanna play be ready to pay. If you loose your money on a card monte that's show biz and you should of known you were up against some skill. Just a little carnival fun although illegal in all places I know of. But the sort of scams pictured by TLC take advantage of unweary tourist handing over money for what they think is a bargain (namely street vendors/auction with counterfeit rackets) or the pick pocket gangs skillfully at work taking what is not theirs. The pickpocket gangs are incredible and very organized. Think it's your lucky day when you spot a bill on the floor in real busy area (airport or busy public area) and reach down to grab it? That note might have cost you a purse, wallet, or other item sticking out of your shopping bags. Another too good to be true event.

I think I'm more amazed at how gullible some folks can be when they do exactly as told. The above mentioned scam with a check that is written for more than the requested fee is one that may have succeeded more than once. I honestly wouldn't expect a victim of that scam to come forward and warn us all about it. I can understand how they would feel quite foolish about being duped like that.

I suppose before taking advantage of a deal that sounds to good to be true, one should take a step back and really consider all the details and ask about for other's opinions as they might have come across the same "fantastic deal".
paisa23
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WOW you would think that we wouldnt be a target..
cardone
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Thanks for all the responses.....please spread the word...........
A lot of full time independent showmen...have a hard time paying the bills...so at first glance, this scam looks like a great thing.... but I learned early on in show business... too good to be true is usually too good to be true......
cardone
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This is the number to call to report an internet scam ....
FBI 1800 251-3221
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Oh well, I guess that 24 million I was getting from [fill in country of choice] is not going to be happening. And all the wanted was my bank account information. It sure seemed all right to me!

Remember if it's too good to be true, it's really too good to be true. You get nothing for free except ripped off.

Dave

Thanks for the heads-up Cardone, people need to be reminded every few months about internet scams.
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Last night I got the wedding scam email. I replied I want $10,000.00.
I am waiting to hear back. LOL.
"We are what we pretend to be" Kurt Vonnegut, jr.



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There is a detailed description about this scam written up here:

http://magic.about.com/od/themagicbusiness/a/lyndel1.htm

Please warn your fellow magicians and your associates at magic club meetings to help spread the word and keep these parasites from profiting on others who are trying to make an honest living.


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Being an Internet dealer and having an extensive background in retail management, there are many security checks and procedures that can be implemented when in doubt.

1. Before depositing a check, call the client's bank and verify their account is in good standing. They'll ask you for the routing numbers on the check. In most cases they'll do this over the phone. In others, they'll ask you to fax the information on your letterhead. This will save you a bank charge should the check be fraudulent.
2. Use a physical contract. In most cases a scam artist will not take the time to fill out a contract. This also gives you validation that the address of the client is real and also a signature that can be used in court should something turn sour.
3. If you accept credit cards, you can call your card processing bank who can verify the billing address if a card is suspect. Just because you get an approval number, doesn't mean anything. If overseas, they can supply the cardholder's bank's telephone number.
4. If emailing correspondance, you can view the full header information which will give you the routing ip address which is easily traced by using the Command Prompt with the command "tracert" followed by a space then the ip address.
5. If using an electronic form/contract on your web site, there are many free scripts which will capture the ip address of all who submit the form.
6. If the check is fraudulent, you can file a report with your local detective division if local, or the client's local detective division.
7. There's an old site called freeality.com that will do reverse lookups. Many other sites will do this, but this site in particular will give you a multitude of ways to look up information for non-corporate clients.
8. A wire transfer to your bank's 'secondary account' (used just for this purpose) can be easily set up for larger sums of money. It's the most reliable and secure way to prevent loss. As soon as the monies hit your account, transfer them into your main account. I use a secondary account just on the premise that anything can be hacked into. Should this be the case, the most they could steal is the minimum $100.00 balance needed to maintain this account.

I hope this information helps some of you who have been targets for the scam artist and prevents any future losses for those of you have not experienced the perils of business.
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