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SCAM WARNING
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Variations of this scam has been reported all over the web.

 

We have been informed by several people that they have been contacted by some people from overseas who stated that they wanted to buy their classic car. This sounds very similar to a recent scam that took another customer from another site. We would like to urge everyone to be cautious when being approached by anyone from overseas but especially from Africa. Here is the way the scam reportedly worked:

The seller was contacted by some people from Nigeria who stated that they wanted to buy their collector car and sent them a fake cashier's check. The crooks sent more money than the price of the car stating that the extra money was to be sent to someone in the US to ship the car to Africa. The amount of money to be used for shipping was even close to what the actual shipping cost would be. Once the American seller sent the money to the person who was supposed to ship the car they discovered that the original cashier's check was a fake. These individuals lost $8000 of their own money in the scam. Apparently the scam has been tried on others. According to the people who lost their money it can take over three weeks for a bank to realize that a check is fake. They also suggest that you contact the issuing bank and get any verification in writing. The money you save may be your own!

This type of scam is called "4-1-9" fraud after the section of the Nigerian penal code that addresses such schemes. You can find out more about it on the Secret Service Web site. If you have copies of emails from -- or accounts of -- similar encounters, it may be useful to forward them to the Secret Service Financial Crimes Division at 419.fcd@usss.treas.gov.

Anyone who has lost money can contact the FBI and they will assist directly or put you in touch with other federal agencies dealing with African banking scams. Anyone who has been contacted can forward email to Fraud.autoresponder@africaservice.com, which reports the scammers to African authorities.

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Sample letters from scam artists

From: Jean Jeremy [mailto:jjeremy7000@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:43 AM
To: Could be you
Subject: Confirm payment and pickup arrangement today

Good morning,
 This is to inform you that my client has instructed me to proceed with the purchase of your vehicle for his  son.He said that i should inform you that the payment for your 1970 Chevrolet Corvette will get to you in a cashier check of ($31,900 us) which is a refund payment of a canceled order earlier made by him.
He informed me that he intends using the refund payment to pay for your vehicle.
 He further explained that this check has to be made out in this amount($31,900 us ) to you because company policy only allows a refund payment on one cashier check.So you are required to deduct cost of your 1970 Chevrolet Corvette($25,000 us) when the payment gets to and refund the balance of ($6,900 us) to my client's agent via western union or moneygram international money transfer so that the agent will use some part of this balance to offset shipping /pickup charges ,contract fees for the pickup agent, taxes, commission and other handling bills.
 After payment has reached you and the balance is sent back to his agent,the agent will contact the pickup agent who will come for the pick up of the vehicle for shipping to my client's son.
 My client is making the necessary arrangements with some shippers and will provide me with the pickup/test driver agent as soon as he decides the agent to contract for the pickup of the vehicle from it's present location.
NOTE: He also instructed that you are to deduct the transfer charges from the remaining balance of($6,900 us) which you will be sending down to his agent via western union or moneygram international wire transfer.
Confirm this whole arrangement and provide the details requested below for check payment to be delivered to you.

PAYMENT INFORMATION REQUIRED:
1.PAYEE'S LEGAL NAME IN FULL.........
2.POSTAL ADDRESS IN FULL..........................
3.PHONE NUMBER(S).................

Mr Jean Jeremy,
12 Lea Valley Road,
London,E4 7PX.

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Dear Judd ,
Thank you for getting back at me.Hope you are good today?I called my customer as soon as i got your mail  and he was much impressed with the condition of your car.I am happy to inform you that we have concluded with our customer.He said that I should inform you that the payment will get to you in a cashier check of ($30,000 usd) which he made out before traveling to Australia today for a business trip.
You are required to deduct cost of your Vehicle [ $23,000usd ],when the payment gets to you and refund balance of [ $7,000usd ]to my customer's shipping agent through International Money Gram Transfer , for the shipping agent to be able to offset shipping charges and any other related charges.
After payment has reached you and balance sent back to his shipping agent - the shipper will contact the PICKUP AGENT-who will come for the pick up of the vehicle to be shipped to myclient.While the title papers and any other documents invole will be sent by you to my client via
courier service.
THE PICK UP AGENT WILL BE TAKING CARE OF THE EXPENSES AND ANY OTHER COMMISSION CHARGES. PICKUP NOTICE: MY CLIENT INSTRUCTED THAT THE PICKUP
AGENT WILL BE COMING TO YOUR AREA OF LOCATION WITH SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO TEST DRIVE THE VEHICLE AND CHECK THE RECENT CONDITION OF THE VEHICLE .AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THE PAYMENT PACKAGE;
NOTE: MY CLIENT ADVISED THAT YOU ARE EXPECTED TO DEDUCT THE TRANSFER
CHARGES FROM THE REMAINING BALANCE YOU ARE TO TRANSFER TO THE SHIPPER
VIA INTERNATIONAL MONEY GRAM TRANSFER;
Please Confirm this and provide the following details below for check payment to be delivered to you via Royal Registered mail.
PAYMENT INFORMATION:
1.LEGAL NAME IN FULL.......
2.ADDRESS..............
3.DIRECT PHONE NUMBER(S)...........

My customer lives at canada and you can reach me on 5148144243
Regards.
Henry Brown.

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How are you today?  I just got your mail and i really apprectate the
pics i SAW ON THE WEBSITE THEY ARE  ok, I have spoken to my customer
and concluded arrangement on the payment.He has instructed me to inform you that payment will get to you in a cashier check of $22,500 which is a refund payment of a cancelled order earlier made by  him.
 
Due to company policy this check has to be made out in
this amount to you ,because company policy only allows a refund
payment on one cashier check,so you are required to deduct cost of
the CAR $15,100 when payment gets to you and refund
balance $[7,400 ] to my customer via western union money transfer for
him to be able to upset shipping charges

After payment has reached you and balance sent back to
him,our agent will come pick up title and drive to a prepaid shipper
to be shipped to my customer,while title papers and other necessary
documets will be given to the agent at the time of the pickup.

Confirm this and provide name, address and phone
number for check payment to be delivered to you via fedex or US
courier.
Thank you,

 

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