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Robert
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

From: david_richmond@fastermail.com
I am david richmond,sales manager for [weber-autos],Plot >209/210 hally Road,north west Victoria Garden,Port Novo ,Benin Republic and >have a branch in Lome township with long years of auto expeirience and arrays >of clients across the west African coasts with construction contacts. .We >specialise in purchase of auto machines for customers here in Africa,and >Europe,and we get paid in commission,after payment has been confirmed by the >seller to the buyer.At present we have a customer interested in purchasing >your engine listed ,we will arrange for the pick up of the engine once payment is confirmed by you. Please acknowledge the offer and we will inform the buyer of your confirmation of acceptanceto sell and have the funds sent to you as soon as possible. Our office is located in West Africa,as stated above and you can call the >sale department director,which is me on +234-8023641832. >thanks >david richmond
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andrew
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 08:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Unfortunately there are a lot of scams out there.

One of the common ones involves an offer to buy what you are selling for "more" than the asking price. The seller is then asked to return a portion of the "overage" that will be the middleman's commission or whatever. What actually happens is that they send you a bum check for the high amount and then require you the refund the lesser amount by Western Union. They insist on your quick return of the excess. Well you guessed it... their check is no good and your Western Union payment is instant and connot be retrieved. This happens not just on the internet, but with newspaper classifieds too.

If the offers seems odd or suspect it probably is.

If the initial email seems "canned" where your engine info is just inserted into a form letter then it is highly suspect.

A lot of the scams and bogus offers seem to come from african countries, but they can be from anywhere.
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andrew
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 09:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have been asked if there is anything I can do to stop these people using the classifieds:

My response was:


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Not easily. The only thing I could do is to change the process on the classifieds so that anyone who "responded" to an ad would have to register in the same manner that people who post ads have to. That would work, but it would limit the effectiveness of the classifieds. People would say "why do I have to register just to respond to an ad?".

I have tried reporting them to their ISP, they usually use hotmail, yahoo, juno or one of the many free services, but they expect that and probably register for ten or twenty new email accounts per day.

As I mentioned it happens with newspaper classifieds too, they call on the phone and pitch the same story.


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andrew
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 07:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is a link with some info about these scams.
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