Monday, April 02, 2007

Western unionScams

OK, so my brother in law sold us his washer and dryer for $200.00.
They were in good condition and he was moving.
We had a washer and dryer that was working OK, not great.
I decided to list the old set on Craig's list, and in the Recycler.
I keep getting these Emails from Other countries.
Here is an example...

I'm Mr.Thompson Lauren: I'm highly intrested in your (
Used Appliances ) and for the price it's ok by me,beside I will be paying you $50 ahead for you to get the advert deleted from the website cos it matches what I am in need of.sorry if I may ask, is this your personal property because don't want to nvolve myself with stolen goods for sale. What is the condition like?I am currently not in the country, to be I'm in uk, and I will handle shipment of it to my base ,You'll be receiving your payment as soon as possible through my client who's in US. I'll instruct him to issue out poster money order in your name the total amount he his owning me on our last transaction which is closed at (3,500), you'll receive it as soon as possible, Immediately you get this money order i want you to take it to your bank, cash it immediately and deduct your money and also deduct ($50) for your running around, the excess is for my shipper for shipment of the (ITEM) alongside some other {housewares}i placed order for in care of my shipper . They will also use the funds to settle some customs problem and transport their selves down to
your place with immediately effect. And you'll wire the remaining balance to the shipping agent through Western Union Money Transfer for them to come for the pickup in your place 48hours after receiving the payment from you, without giving you any stress. so, I do hope i can have your trust about the excess which is meant for my shipper. Note; that you are not going to give the shipper anything.I am going to responsible for that..So i will want you to send me the following information for the process of the payment.
ZIP CODE........
I await your this info so that I can fax it down to my client that will send u the payment.

Now they want my Paypal account number...

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[Nice try.]

They didn't even bother to spell check it.

I regret putting my email address on the Recycler site.

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