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 The Hungarian Postcard Scam?

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bob_flemming
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi All, I recieved this email in my baiting account and it made me laugh, do you think its a scam?


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Subject Boston, USA postcard - Boston Police Pipes Guestbook

Hello,

I am writing to you in hope that you will be able to help me.

I found your email address in Boston Police Pipes Guestbook.

I am a postcard collector from Hungary. I have a large collection of postcards from all over the world but still none from Boston, USA. I collect postcards with city views, famous local buildings, historic places and landscapes.

I would like to ask you for a small favour to send me a stamped and written postcard (city view or famous local buildings, view of old churches, city hall) from Boston to help me make my collection more complete.

My address is:

Bajusz Janos
54 XXXXXXXX
XXXXX Szeged
Hungary

Hope to hear from you very soon.
Kind regards,
Janos
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Chief2B
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:33 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Well, did you sign the guestbook in question??

Actually, I started a police patch collection just this way. Sign a guestbook and receive letters like this all the time.

At this point I don't see a scam.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Chief2B wrote:
At this point I don't see a scam.


He sends a check for $450 to cover the cost and postage of the post card and then asks to transfer the difference of $449.50 back via Western Union to his son who just happens to be currently visiting in Nigeria on a student exchange program. Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing We all know what happens next.

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BaitinIzFun
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't think it is a scam. The only way it is a scam is if you waste Money on the postage and the Postcard. And maybe even driving to get the postcard. Other than that I don't think it is a scam.
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kisslajos
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:21 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The original of this letter is from a kind, elderly Hungarian gentleman. He has collected postcards for decades.
He - naively - thinks, that people who sign guestbooks give real locations. So for example when he reads in the guestbook, somebody is from Vilinius, Litvania - he sends an email, asking for Vilnius postcards. He definitely does not know about baiters using the guestbooks....

I have a huge collection of elementary school readers. Most of them I got by sending mails to teachers all around the world.
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