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 Old scams, new people to fall for them

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OldSchoolBaiter
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Always tugs on my heart strings to read things like this.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:01 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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Job applicants like Williams were supposed cash a check for about $3,000. He would keep $200 of that as his pay, then visit a wire company to send the remaining $2,500 back to the company who wrote him the check in the first place.


Nice article shame the journo doesn't own a calculator.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Lol. Nice catch.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

And the error is repeated.

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"I thought $200 for two hours work -- that's really good," he said.


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Job applicants like Williams were supposed cash a check for about $3,000. He would keep $200 of that as his pay, then visit a wire company to send the remaining $2,500 back to the company who wrote him the check in the first place.


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What's the catch? Days after wiring away the $2,500, Ken's bank would be calling to let him know the check he had cashed was a phony -- it bounced and he must pay it back.


Doesn't anyone proofread any more?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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Doesn't anyone proofread any more?

Now if you post what you mean the non-English people can learn something?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^ Proofread: having someone else scan your article for mistakes/ language errors before it gets published.

Check received: $3,000
Vic gets to keep $200
He's supposed to send back the remaining $2,500 ... Rolling Eyes
That's not English, that's math Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

But that's how I always do it with the lads and then I sent only $2.265.00 because the wu is sooo expensive Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:56 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Laughing

[off topic]Even better to send them extra $$ to cover for the additional traveling costs they have to make picking up their payment at a WU Secure outlet, several miles out of town. [/off topic]

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:01 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Interesting - this is past tense and says that he did and didn't cash the check:

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What's the catch? Days after wiring away the $2,500, Ken's bank would be calling to let him know the check he had cashed was a phony -- it bounced and he must pay it back.


This says that he avoided the scam.

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Our investigation convinced Williams to steer clear of the offer.


The story isn't very clear IMHO.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:32 am Reply with quoteBack to top

To me it's obvious he didn't fall for the scam:

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We called the bank on Williams' check and confirmed the account was not valid. Williams was not too surprised, said he had suspicions all along.

"There was too many red flags, and that's why I called you," he said.


ETA: "and confirmed" also should be "and they (it?) confirmed"
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:17 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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What's the catch? Days after wiring away the $2,500, Ken's bank would be calling to let him know the check he had cashed was a phony -- it bounced and he must pay it back.

This part, worded something like this would have been much more clear:

Had Ken wired the money, his bank would have called him within days to let him know that the check that he cashed was counterfeit and that he would have to pay all of the money back. Very Happy

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