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Possible Scam?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Smithy, 28 Mar 2006.

  1. Smithy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Mar 2006

    Posts: 1,519

    I placed an ad on friday-ad.co.uk (basicaly a free place to place adverts to sell stuff and the magazine/paper with the adverts on gets distributed around to area i live, but also gets placed on the internet on their site). The ad is for a drum kit with value of about £250. I hadnt heard from anything about it for a couple of weeks (and quite frankly didnt expect to) till a couple of days ago when a guy emailed me with this;
    to which i replied with;
    so i waited a couple of days for his reply and then this;
    Now can anyone make any sense of this? Why would he need to send me £3000 for a kit that costs £250?
    Im by no means aware of any methods of how i can be scammed here, i simply wait for the cheque to clear before sending the kit out, right? But then again i know little about how money going through banks works. Can anyone smell a rat here or do you reckon it all seems legit?
    Just thought i would ask you guys your advice before proceeding with this.
    cheers.
     
  2. Luke

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Jul 2005

    Posts: 7,024

    Location: S. Yorkshire

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    You get cheque. Bank it. Let it clear.
    Send items.
    Cheque is cancelled and debited from your account leaving you with no money and no items.
     
  3. Borris

    Caporegime

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 30,410

    Looks like a duck.

    Smells like a duck.

    It is a duck.

    Here's the mechanics of the scam.

    You, being greedy, say yes.

    You cash the cheque, and deliver the drums, along with the balance (in cash).

    The cheque is deemed fraudulent, even after being cleared, and the funds are removed from your account.
     
  4. ElRazur

    Capodecina

    Joined: 15 Mar 2005

    Posts: 10,439

    Location: I am everywhere...

    ^^^What he said.
     
  5. me227

    Soldato

    Joined: 30 Sep 2004

    Posts: 5,387

    Location: Belfast/Edinburgh

    The first two bits sound fine, then it just screams scam on the third bit.
     
  6. Wile E. Coyote

    Hitman

    Joined: 24 Mar 2006

    Posts: 818

    Location: Sunderland

    Definate well clear, never heard such story about owing the shipping company money
     
  7. Smithy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Mar 2006

    Posts: 1,519

    ^were my thoughts^


    OK, took your advise and staying clear of the cheque procedure, i emailed him this;
    I expect by his next response i will be able to tell wether he is legit or not. Ill let you know.
    And thanks for fast responses.
     
  8. UKDTweak

    Soldato

    Joined: 2 Dec 2002

    Posts: 6,592

    Location: N.Ireland

    this is a scam, and no doubt about it, if he owes money to the shipping firm, to the amount of £2000 or more, do you really think they would agree to collect for him untill he paid them directly himself ?
     
  9. Luke

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Jul 2005

    Posts: 7,024

    Location: S. Yorkshire

    To be honest, I'd not have bothered emailing him back at all. You should just have left him dangling there, convinced he'd found a sucker.
     
  10. Belmit

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 7 Nov 2002

    Posts: 7,612

    Location: The Winchester

    I had similar emails when trying to sell my car and they're all the same. Even if the bad grammar and spelling don't make it obvious enough, it's glaringly blatant that it's a generic template sent out to hundreds of people with the item for sale pasted in where the brackets are. I deleted them all without replying.
     
  11. PinkPig

    Mobster

    Joined: 7 Jun 2004

    Posts: 3,543

    It doesn't matter what his reply is. He's a scammer, no doubt about it, you should have just deleted and ignored the email. Whatever he says, ignore him. Noone would ask you to send change on £3000 unless they're trying to steal your money.
     
  12. CChrisca

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,286

    Location: Kent

    Yup I had the same thing as Belmit - selling a car and then received the same type of e-mail

    Avoid like the plague
     
  13. Danger Phoenix

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Jul 2004

    Posts: 6,329

    Location: Bromley / Uxbridge

    Do scammers think we are stupid? I suppose some people fall for it, so these scammers jump on the band wagon and try it on everyone...
     
  14. Luke

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Jul 2005

    Posts: 7,024

    Location: S. Yorkshire

    The fact that these threads pop up so frequently from people who seam fairly clued up goes to show that there are obviously large numbers of people who may fall for them.
     
  15. AFK_Matrix

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Dec 2004

    Posts: 2,496

    Location: Crawley, WEST SUSSEX

    Indeed its a scam. Had the same email when I was selling me petrol go kart. Guy wanted me to bloody well ship the thing without him comming to see it (this is a full sized adult go kart btw and weighs a bloody ton).

    Needless to say that raised me eybrows and indicated a blatant scam, I replyed to his first email then ignored the other one he sent about having the thing shipped.