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I've been trying to sell some stuff on cl for a while now and keep getting blasted with "I'll send you a money order and arrange for shipping" scams. I was thinking about having them send a fake money order to the local police department and then giving a fake shipping address. Anyone have any ideas or experience with this. I'd like to get the police involved and get rid of these jackasses if I can. Any advise would be appreciated. Sorry if this is a repost but I didn't see anything about it on a quick look through.
Joined: 22 Jun 2011
Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:23 am
These lads are easy to bait. Normally just a couple emails at first then they will write to let you know the check has arrived.
I suggest baiting them. They normally write something like this "Is this item still available". Use a baiting email separate from your real life and respond. Use a drop box. One is available for premium members. Do not involve innocent third parties (ITP). Having the checks sent to the PD will probably be trashed.
Yes, after I put up the post I saw the rules about innocent 3rd parties. Although I really wouldn't consider the police one I'll abide by the rules. My intention was to get the assholes arrested if it were possible even if it was unlikely. I have to admit that I don't fully understand this scam. I'm selling a dishwasher. It would cost more to ship than what I'm selling it for. Also I did contact them back with a real email address so will have to change that around to mess with them a bit. But I'm game. lol, tired of these "is your item still available" crap.
Joined: 22 Jun 2011
Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:45 am
The way it works is the scammer will send you a fake check. Hoping that you will deposit it into your bank account. Your item for sale may be less than $500.00. They will send the check in an amount around $3,000.00. They want you to immediately go to Western Union and send the difference to the moving/shipping company. Reason being in a few days your bank will give you some bad news about that check. Once you send by Wu the money is gone forever.
Do not use a mailing address tied to your Rl. I prefer the drop box. Post some headers and we can tag team them.
I always use a vacant house in the neighborhood. That way i can retrieve the fake check when the courier drops it off. I have more fun whipping out a $2,000.00 cashiers check made out to Bilbo Baggins at the local bar than you could imagine!
"Send money now or I do voodoo on you and make die!"
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