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02 August 2007 @ 11:01 am
Dude! I've been scammed!  
It's a good thing I wasn't born yesterday...

I answered a job ad on craigslist for accounts receivable...then I get these weird instructions to cash checks for them through my bank account and send them 90% of the cash. This is a variation of a common scam, the scam being that the check is NO GOOD and you get stuck paying back your bank. They may say they want me to do this regularly, but I bet the first check is a large one and they just disappear. I've reported it to craigslist abuse. It fits their examples of scam ads right down to this:


Your First Primary task(Collection of Payments):

1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Cash Payment at your Bank or any cashing facilities near you.
3. Deduct 10 % which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to, You'll have a lot of free time doing another job, because this job is part time, you'll get good income .But this job is very challenging and you should understand it. We are considering your application because you satisfy our requirements and we are sure you will be an earnest assistant till we start running our branch office in your state.

Get back to us with information below information , so that we can add your mailing address to our Regional database and forward it to our customers for them to send payments.

First name...................
Middle name..................
Last name....................
Address Line 1...............
Address Line 2...............
City.........................
State........................
Zip/Postal code..........................
Home phone...................
Cell phone...................


Your response to this email is needed , so that we can reconfirm your mailing address details we have in our database.


Uh huh. Will send it right on. I'm only sorry you got my real email address by posing as an employer, you scumbag.
 
 
 
A radiant bundle of fascinating contradictions: dollardalbino83 on August 2nd, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Either that, or you're laundering drug money.
Tapatitapati on August 2nd, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
They were mentioning that they sold slot machines...so my thought was they're laundering illegal gambling proceeds from underground gambling houses, bookies, etc., if it's not just a rip off scam.

It's just disappointing to only hear back this week from a scammer of some sort.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 2nd, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
I hope you reported this to Craigslist. :comforts:
(Anonymous) on August 3rd, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I reported it immediately. Dave says they'll just pop up with a whole new ad/email address somewhere but at least I tried.
Geniegenie_lorene on August 5th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
The sad thing is how many people are taken in by these scams. I get them in my inbox constantly. I wonder how many thousands the average internet scammer makes a year.