SmartFeedSmartFeed          

Porsche Hangout


WELCOME - YOU ARE CURRENTLY VIEWING 419EATER AS A GUEST

By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics and access other forums reserved for members. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today by clicking here.

ScamWarners.com - Internet Anti-Fraud Center - now open!


 I visited WU yesterday

View next topic
View previous topic
 
Post new topicReply to topic
Author Message
Pachanga
Baiting Guru


Joined: 04 Dec 2005
Posts: 3551


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 4:54 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

There is a WU outlet at a local grocery, and while there yesterday, I asked the clerk if she knew about advance-fee fraud. She looked at me like I'd just hopped off a Greyhound with a chicken under my arm.

Here were her answers:

Yes, we send $ to you-know-where all the time.

Yes, sometimes the $ are from non-you-know-where citizens.

What is advance-fee fraud? Is this a new virus going around?

(BTW, there was no warning sign there.)
View user's profileSend private message
4X1X9
Baiting Guru


Joined: 17 Sep 2006
Posts: 4217


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:36 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

In those situations though isn't it the grocery store owner who runs the WU outlet? To be fair it is really not within the job description of a store owner or shop assistant to understand what advance fee fraud is and how it works. Though I feel Western Union need to create more literature to put in places like this.
View user's profileSend private message
Pachanga
Baiting Guru


Joined: 04 Dec 2005
Posts: 3551


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I was disappointed at the lack of knowledge. Perhaps the answer is for me to talk to the store manager about having at least a warning sign.
View user's profileSend private message
Harry Bawls
Elite Baiter


Joined: 19 Oct 2006
Posts: 1310
Location: Somewhere, nowhere, everywhere


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:53 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

It still amazes me that people do believe these scams, or like the clerk, are totally ignorant about them. A co-worker of my brothers was within inches of falling for a check scam. Luckily my bro talked to him before he cashed it.
View user's profileSend private messageSend e-mailSkype Name
kleindoofy
*** BANNED ***


Joined: 24 Oct 2004
Posts: 6248
Location: Europe


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Recent discussion:

http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=779900
View user's profileSend private message
4X1X9
Baiting Guru


Joined: 17 Sep 2006
Posts: 4217


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 7:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@ pachanga

Probably wouldn't be able to put up a sign unless it was an official Western Union sign but you could try and educate them on the 419 scam so they could spot the tell-tale signs if someone comes into their store attempting to make such a transfer.
View user's profileSend private message
Pachanga
Baiting Guru


Joined: 04 Dec 2005
Posts: 3551


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 9:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

We have discussed this ad nauseum. Still, the complacency is disgusting. If my elderly parents had fallen for a scheme, I'd want to punch someone's lights out for not questioning them. I guess it is one of those "integrity in the workplace" things.
View user's profileSend private message
Don
Baiting Guru


Joined: 25 May 2004
Posts: 3045
Location: Italy, 87.2.222.132


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I went to the bank to withdraw 1.500 EUR on friday morning. Neither did the lady inform me about the dangers of spending such an amount on booze and hookers nor did she offer to wipe my a$$ on a regular basis. Guess at my age I have to figure out what to do or not to do with my money all by myself. Disgraceful.

_________________
Mortar x12
No sugar plum fairies have been hurt during the process of creating this message.

**"Freedom? There ain't no fuckin' Freedom!"**
View user's profileSend private messageYahoo MessengerSkype Name
nalei
419Eater is my life


Joined: 29 Dec 2006
Posts: 254
Location: Planet Earth


PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Harry Bawls:
Quote:
It still amazes me that people do believe these scams,


You know, we are surrounded with many rich, good looking, succeeding businessmen and businesswomen. They are not our neighbours, but they are on our TV commercials and programs, they are on newspapers articles, they are starring on movies, they look at us from adds in our bus and train or highway posters while we are on our way to our boring work.

A lot of people stuck in the boring routin want to be like them. They want the fantasy. They are willing to pay for their fantasy. Those scam letters look like an invitation to that fantasy. Here they are, feeling like those big world guys from TV and cinema. They are sending money abroad for some mistery deal that will make them rich and successful. They are acting bravely and they will get their happy end like in the movies.

Its not always about the money. Sometimes they just want to feel special and blessed with good luck. And I'm not sure a small poster on the WU office will break that fantasy very easily. (but of course, they should have that poster, even for the single victim that will get back to his senses because of it).
View user's profileSend private message
Display posts from previous:      
Post new topicReply to topic


 Jump to:   



View next topic
View previous topic
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



E-Mail Header Analysis


All Content © 2003 - 419Eater.com
Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group :S5: FI Theme :: All times are GMT