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I got hit up on a scam(7 posts)

I got hit up on a scamgsxrawd
Jul 29, 2003 12:16 PM
I listed my Seven on Ebay and roadbikereview.com and this guy email me saying that he's a doctor in Africa and wanted to buy it for his son... then I get this in the next following email:
"Thanks for the reply,i love it and will like to pay for it as soon as possible so will need your
full name and address with phone number so that i can forward it to my client in the states who i
will instruct to issue you a cashier's check of $9500.
I know the money is more than the price but i will need you to wire the balance to my international
shipping agent who will come for the pick up at your place as soon as payment is made.He will also
inform you as soon as he gets the payment on the day of the pick up.Will be waiting for your reply
with the information so that payment can be sent which should get to you soon.Thank you.
Dr Mark."

I replied "i will deliever the bike anywhere in Southern California, I will not ship the bike. I will only accept cash."

I can't wait to see what the reply from him will be.

if you get an email from
Matt Jones aka Dr. Mark BEWARE
mark_ronicks@fastermail.com
re: I got hit up on a scamschnauzer
Aug 1, 2003 9:13 AM
I had a 2001 Norco I listed on speed goats bourd almost 3 years ago. I sold it and forgot about add. I just got a e-mail from DR.Smith ya right that he wanted for his son in Africa. I wish I could pound this guy's face into the ground.
re: I got hit up on a scamalg
Aug 14, 2003 4:12 PM
Just happend to run across your discrip. of the cashiers check scam,...funny that I just had a very similar case from a clown claims to be in london,eng with a "client" in usa that would handle paying for a bike from in an identical manner calls himself "smith" watchout for RAPHlEE4ever@mai
I recently sold 2 bikes here and.......RickC5
Aug 17, 2003 4:42 PM
received SEVERAL scam emails that sounded very similar to yours. I replied with one of two variations:

1) Here's my phone number, call me.

or

2) I will only ship pre-paid or COD to U.S. addresses.

Needless to say, no phone calls, no follow-up emails. These guys are totally disgusting.
I recently sold 2 bikes here and.......alg
Aug 18, 2003 7:58 PM
Rickc5; if you look up and down this forum ,you will see two names popping up all over,RAPHlee4ever@mai aka "smith" and henryben202@sif aka "henry" ,both claiming to be from the UK,and they "love your bike"and want to pay for it rite away with a cashiers check for twice the price ,you cash the check and send them the excess with the bike because they trust you,Yeah right.I guess if we can't throttle them at least we can expose them as scams on as many sites as possible ,just keep passing it on I'm sure as hell gonna. later alg
re: I got hit up on a scamIG
Aug 24, 2003 11:15 AM
I just received a similar inquiry; a Mr. Scott Harry from Namibia sent me the following:

"hello
i am scott harris from namibia i deal with bikes and automobiles,while i was surfing on the internet i came across your advert on your 2003 Specialized S-Works HT Frameset - Chris King/XTR, for sale and i really am very interested which i want to give my son as present so i want you to get back with your last offering price with pics and tell me if it is still for sale interms of shipping i ve an international shipper that will come for pickup but right now is in london for a diplomatic tour so please get back to me ASAP.

KIND REGARDS...........
scott.........."

Cut and pasted from the fraud alert on this site, I sent him the following response:

Dear Scott,

No offense, but your interest smacks of the fraud alerts pasted below:

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**Fraud Alert!!** {overseas (Africa) funds transfers}

We have been receiving more and more complaints of people who are trying to scam sellers on our site. This scam (in various forms) has a common theme of transferring funds involving a party from a foreign country, usually somewhere in Africa. The US Secret Service has an article on their site, going into greater detail on this scam.

We have taken a steps to minimize this, but unfortunately this is a case of the few spoiling things for the many. We want to alert you to this scam and warn you NOT to take part in it. Always be as careful and as sure about online deals as you can. Find out as much info about the potential buyers that you can. Like the old saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."

Below are excerpts from emails that have been forwarded to us, outlining the scammers pitch.

Link to US Secret Service site/article: Advance Fee Fraud

Examples of Fraud:

DEAR SIR

I AM A BUSINESS MAN AND I AM IN CONJUCTION IN SELLING USED BIKES TO CUSTOMERS IN WEST AFRICA, BUT RIGHT NOW I HAVE A CUSTOMER WHO IS READY TO PURCHASE YOUR BIKE.AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I WILL BE PAYING YOU WITH U.S.A CASHIER CHECK SO GETS BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR LAST NEGOTIATABLE PRICE FOR THE BIKE. HOPE TO SEE YOUR REPLY SOONEST.

THANKS,

JAMES *******................

===================

GOOD DAY,

THANKS FOR YOUR MAIL,I WOULD LIKE TO BUY THIS BYCYCLE,BUT THERE IS SOME THING I WILL LIKE YOU TO KNOW FIRST. MY CLIENT IS OWEING ME $7,000. AND I HAVE MAIL MY CLIENT ABOUT THIS BICYCLE AND HE TOLD ME THAT WE SHOULD BOTH AGREE AFTER OUR AGREEMENT THAT HE WILL SEND YOU THE CHEQUE OF $7000 SO I WILL WANT YOU TO HELP ME SEND THE REMAING BALANCES OF THE MONEY THROUGH WESTERN UNOIN MONEY TRANSFER, AND FOR THE BICYCLE AFTER OUR AGREEMENT I WILL SEND MY SHIPPING AGENT TO YOUR HOUSE TO PICK UP THE BICYCLE. IF THIS IS OK WITH YOU PLS REPLY WITH YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER SO THAT I WILL FORWARD TO MY CLIENT. I'LL LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY.

REGARDS.

DAVID

DEAR SIR, I AM A BUSINESS MAN AND I AM IN CONJUCTION IN SELLING USDEAR SIR, I AM A BUSINESS MAN AND I AM IN CONJUCTION IN SELLING USED BIKES TO CUSTOMERS IN WEST AFRICA, BUT RIGHT NOW I HAVE A CUSTOMER WHO IS READY TO PURCHASE YOUR BIKE.AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I WILL BE PAYING YOU WITH U.S.A CASHIER CHECK SO GETS BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR LAST NEGOTIATABLE PRICE FOR THE BIKE. HOPE TO SEE YOUR REPLY SOONEST. THANKS,

PAUL ABRAHAM...............................

DEAR SIR,

I AM A BUSINESS MAN AND I AM IN CONJUCTION IN SELLING USDEAR SIR, I AM A BUSINESS MAN AND I AM IN CONJUCTION IN SELLING USED BIKES TO CUSTOMERS IN WEST AFRICA, BUT RIGHT NOW I HAVE A CUSTOMER WHO IS READY TO PURCHASE YOUR BIKE.AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I WILL BE PAYING YOU WITH U.S.A CASHIER CHECK SO GETS BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR LAST NEGOTIATABLE PRICE FOR THE BIKE. HOPE TO SEE YOUR REPLY SOONEST.

THANKS,

re: I got hit up on a scamIG
Aug 24, 2003 11:18 AM
PS. Email name is Scott Harry, but he listed his name as Scott Harris in the body of the email. Scott's email address is: scottharris_1@yahoo.com

Jack-ass!