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Friday, November 7, 2008

UK Scam artist Owen Simpson

Thanks again to the UK user who sent this info.

Another scam off of a London posting.

Dear Rep AP648,

Thank you for the information's. This is to notify you that there was a mixed up at the accounting department with the payment sent to you. The payment that was sent to you is $3200 and the weekly payment should be $350 and not $3200 that was sent to you. The $3200 was supposed to be sent to our travel agent.As soon as you receive the payment, Take the payment to the bank immediately and cash it. Then send $2850 back to the travel agent through western union money transfer so that he can book a flight for your student to come over to USA.

Here is our Travel Agent's information to send the money to him

First Name: Rodney
Last Name: Blank
Address: 10 Robin Court, London, SE12 9QW

As soon as you send the money, email me the control number given to you at western union and the actual amount sent after deducting western union charges to send the money. Then wait till you receive further instruction. Hope to hear back from you soon.

IN CASE YOU DONT KNOW ANY WESTERN UNION OFFICE AROUND YOU, I CAN SEARCH ONLINE FOR THE NEAREST WESTERN UNION AGENT IN YOUR LOCATION WHERE YOU CAN SEND THE MONEY.

Important Notice: Please email me back so I can be sure you receive and understand this message.
Regards,
Owen Simpson

THIS SCAM IS TRULY RIDICULOUS AND WOULD BE LAUGHABLE IF IT WERE NOT SO PATHETIC. PLEASE DON'T FALL FOR THIS.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just got this emaail exhange today and the check came for 3,200. I knew something was strange this whole time! I appreciate this posting just to confirm my thoughts that this was indeed a scam. I have never been scamed before and I am so grateful that I trusted myself to not do anything with the check.
Unbelievably stupid!

Darzam said...

I did not know where to post this but i thought you might like to add it (job was posted on craigslist):

FIRST EMAIL RECEIVED:

Starbucks Coffee Company
608 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601
www.starbucks.com
buckscoffeerecruit1@gmail.com

Dear Applicant,


You are getting this email in regards of the resume you sent to us for the Account Officer (Receivables/Payables)
posted on the Accounting Section. The HR Managers have scrutinized
your Resumes and due to some certain factors, am glad to get you
informed that you have been
shortlisted as a possible Account Officer of the company.

ABOUT US - Starbucks Coffee Company
The bottom line: We always figured that putting people before products
just made good common sense. So far, it's been working out for us. Our
relationships with farmers yield the highest quality coffees. The
connections we make in communities create a loyal following. And the
support we provide our baristas pays off everyday. Read more about our
approach to business in the 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility
Annual Report.

Responsibilities:
As an Account Officer, you are responsible for the following:

1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Process payments received for crediting
3. Record daily transactions and invoice
4. work with the Credit Department of the Company to complete transactions.

This position is part time and it gives you the opportunity to do
other works as you will be working from home while earning more
income.

Your application is being considered and you will be mailed a letter
of acknowledgement as soon as you are given the post.
Meanwhile, you are to get back to us with the required information
below, this will be recorded in the Company's Regional Database(CRD).


First name:
Middle Initial:
Last name:
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
City:
State:
Zip/Postal code:
Age:
Home phone:
Cell phone:
IM Messenger service (AOL, YAHOO, MSN, ICQ, SKYPE):
YOUR PREFFERED MODE OF COMMUNICATION EITHER BY PHONE OR BY EMAIL:

We hope to read from you soon,

Regards

Ben Mullins
HR Manager
Starbucks Coffee Company


SECOND ONE (needless to say, I was a wee bit upset):

Welcome,

I hope you had a lovely day. This is to inform you that your Job
Positionas been approved at Bucks Coffee.
You are legally capable of carrying out duties on behalf of the
company.

We would like to use this medium to remind you that as soon as you
receive payments, you are to send an email to acknowledge the receipt,
and also, to have such processed as earlier
stated in the job offer letter.

This update is to notify you that you are to commence your first assignment
with the company and to confirm if you are ready to proceed.
As we are about to begin full scale operations, all hands
must be on deck.

1. To act in the capacity as a representative of the company
2. To receive payment from our customers on behalf of the company.
3. Payments will be made via Check
4. Record payments information such as Check#, Date and Name of Issuer
5. To process payments and cash the checks recieved at your Bank
6. To work with the Credit Processing Department for balancing of transaction

We would like to know if you will be able to carry out your duties
diligently and timely enough and most importantly if you think you are up
to the task. A quick response from you would make things a lot easier for
us, so as to know if to inform our clients to start making payments for
goods already delivered to them, payment which will be made directly to
you.

Regards
Ben Mullins
HR Manager
Bucks Coffee