Money Transfer Scams

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service recently distributed thousands of checks totaling $46 million to people who lost money in scams that involved MoneyGram, a popular money transfer service.

According to law enforcement officials, from 2004 to 2009, MoneyGram turned a blind eye to scam artists and money launderers who used the company to commit fraud. During that time, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. lost money to a variety of money transfer scams, including fake lottery and prize scams, family emergency scams, and “guaranteed” loan scams.

How do these scams work? Generally, you get a call from someone who says:

  • you won a prize but you have to pay “taxes” on it
  • a friend is in trouble and needs your help
  • you can get a loan — even if you have bad credit — but you have to pay a small fee first

Whatever the pitch, the caller’s only goal is to get your money ­— not to give you something in return.

MoneyGram also agreed to step up their anti-fraud programs. Nevertheless, scammers continue to add new twists to old schemes and pressure people into sending money. Using a money transfer service is like sending cash ­— once you send the money, it’s nearly impossible to trace it or get it back.

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Thanks fpr your help

There was some one in Malaysia who keep on calling me and asking me to pay a lot of money.Because there is a parcel send by frend of mine,i already deposite us dollar 1200,and i did not get the parcel and now they are threatening me to pay more money.

thats to bad youhave no recorse when thay have yourmoney your out it thay are big scum bags there is no pacage for you send the emails to the FBI in your town best of luck

I paid to get a check through the post office and to this day I have not received nothing. I lost alot of money, thousands to be accurate.

Im actually a Marine Vet that did the same thing, I was dumb enough to fall for this and now im hurting big time for money. about to lose me house because of this stupid mistake.

I get about 4-5 everyday


Hi. I just recieved this e-mail responding to craigslist ad and thought it seemed suspicious:

Micheal Moore []
Thanks for your email and am so sorry for my late response, I own a small shipping business and I tend to operate a high cost of operation and I want to cut down my expenses by employing shipping and receiving personnel in each state individuals who will be receiving mails in bulk and then dispatch them in units to there final destinations in there respective states, for example the cost of sending each mail is around $13 by United Parcel Service and if we want to send out 100 mails, that would be around $1,300 which is too costly but we have a solution whereby, we ship the whole 100 mails in one package at the rate of $180 to you in your state and when you get it, you will open it and send the mail individually through United States Postal Service which will be $3 to $4.50 each and by doing this would be saving a large amount of money, so please I need a reliable individual that will be committed and enthusiastic about the job and you will be paid $500 every week and this is a long time position.
You will also be provided with funds to pay freight forwarder, you will be provided with funds to pay for USPS to dispatch the mails upfront, you will be provided with up to three thousand dollars as a running fund for dispatching the mails, sometimes, it may be packages of goods that you will be receiving and sometimes you may be required to pay for shipping and freight fees out of the funds we provide to you to pay another freight forwarder when we need the service of another freight forwarder, the items you will be re-mailing or shipping will include letters, office materials and office equipments, home theater, electronics and some other general consumer goods. I want to assure you that you will never use your own money for any expenses and you are not require to buy anything to begin the job, the job will only take around 10-15 hours of your time in a week and you can work whatever hours you want, the job is very simple once you have an address where you can accept mails and packages, and also have the time to re-mail the mails and packages through USPS sometime through some other freight forwarders, the mails and packages will contain gift cards, letters, office materials and equipments, home theater, electronics and some other general consumer goods, they are packages you can put in your room, or in your garage and if not we can rent a storage unit. You will have to present an ID either driver's license or any other personal ID to show to the delivery man when packages will be delivered to you and you have to show some sense of sincerity as you will be entrusted with clients mails, packages and funds to utilize for re-mailing expenses, please do let me know when you are ready to start and let me know if you have all the requirements needed for the job, you need to provide your information as well in order to proceed further.
I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as:
Full Name:
Full Contact Address(Not P.O.Box please):
Zip Code:
cell Phone Number:
home Phone Number:
Email Address:
present Occupation:

Once i received your contact information I will get back to you with the task for this week, understand you will also be paid as soon as you pass this first assignment, You will be paid $500 at the end of the week.
Reason for taking up this job, and please note, you must be above 18 years of age to be eligible for this job.
You are going to be employed as Shipping and Receiving Personnel and all tax will be taken care of by me, your first weekly wage $500 salary will be paid by CHECK and the re-mailing funds will be provided constantly which will never finish in order to avoid you spending your own money so when the re-mailing funds are low additional re-mailing funds will be provided, and you are not require to buy anything to begin the job, it is a straight forward job opportunity.
Please do let me know how we should proceed so you can get started immediately.
Hope to hear from you soon.

You can file a complaint about this scam at

Stephanie, im glad you seen this suspicious.

Unfortunately i got scammed to a similiar craiglist ad like this above,

He sent me a fake check, which i had deposited to my bank account, and thinking that it been credited to my account...
He would sent me to western union for money transfer, which i spend over $2,300 of my own money... I realized his check was returned to him from my account too late .
I just want others to open up their eyes, and dont fall for this scammers!!!!

Hi I got scammed the same way too. First he sent me a check and then asked me to transfer money through western union and money gram. What happened in your case? Does your bank protect you against this or did you lose your money?

Same thing happened to my mom and i

This just happened to me i think and im not sure what to do. Am i going to jail?

You are responsible for the checks you deposit, even if you don’t know they’re fake. It’s best not to rely on money from any type of check until the bank confirms that the check has cleared, and it can take weeks for a bank to discover that a check was a forgery. Until the bank confirms that the funds from the check were deposited into your account, you are responsible for any money you withdraw against that check. You can read more about Fake Checks in this FTC article.

Shriek, what did you do in that situation. I have a similar situation, does your bank return the money??

Please help, im not sure whats happening...

I just got a new "job" which was an ad from craigslist. After exchanging information and going through a series of questions. I got the job, which was as a personal assistant.

My first task was to manage some finances, which was a check that was sent to my name and i deposited that into my bank account. Then i was to wire it through money gram to the client.

After that was finished, it is now showing a pending return check on the check i recieced earlier the week. I now have a 2,500 negative balance and i dont know what to do now...

Please help...

I had a similar about a job. Is there a way for your bank to credit the account or someway I getting ya back because I am now in the hole with my bank?

Hey I wanted to know if you were able to get the money you lost back. I am in the same situation right now and I really don't know what to do.

I just received the exact email as you to a t! Word for word! Different name of contact but, no name as far as a business name. I never gave them my ss#.. I'm curious if they can get any of my other info off the internet? Maybe open accounts in my name? The crazy thing is this happened to a friend of mine & the bank account of the check that he received happened to be the same bank that he banks through. So his bank said they couldn't cash it to bring it back in a couple days. Where I'm going with this is they're actually opening accounts in somebodies name & info.. They must be depositing the money & turning around and taking it out after writing the checks? I'm so happy for everyone posts because I was thinking about depositing the check. But, I never planned on mailing a $2500 check out of my account until it had cleared! Somebody has to do something because this is really hurting people. That are looking for employment and more than likely is writing a check out of their account & that's all they have to their name!

i'm holding an envelope now from Earl White New York address from Craig's list who offered a "job" that wants me to deposit the check,then western union most of it to his business contact in Mexico....

I was scammed by media opportunities direct they said in a letter dated nov 23 2013 I won 1,677,519.00 said to send 26.00 shipping and handling . Check money order or cash I sent cash so they wouldn't have my bank account. Said send within a week I sent dec 2 2013 it came in mail nov 28th still no money ! I took pictures on phone of letter for proof .

Hi, Rochelle, I'm sorry this happened to you. Please file a formal complaint at

American Web Loan took plenty of my money and now 2 years later have a place called United trying to get another $880.00 from me. AWL took so many payments I closed my account assuming I paid in full 3 times over. It's been 3yrs since hearing from these people so Yes I assumed I did pay them off. What do I do?

Check the statute of limitations regarding consumer loan debt and laws concerning the legality of the type of loan in your state. Many internet lenders are offering loans illegally to consumers in states where they are prohibited. If so, then the debt is unenforcible and even an attempt at collection would be a violation of the FDCPA, and other Federal statutes under the jurisdiction of the FTC and the CFPB. Do your research, keep your records, and check your credit report as often as you can for accuracy.

i was just scammed by ymax corp. in texas hang up if you get a call #1-713-931-3595 he calls himself steven.

Steven cooper by any chance I think he's trying to scam me now

I received a refund check #0278577 customer ID 1149418 on 01/03/2014 for $26.27,from FTC-Federal Trade Commssion advising a law suit was filed against Central Coast Nutraceuticals & adived I should deposit with in 60 days, after that check could bounce; my bank could charge me a fee. bank fees are $34. each time. Note the check is my share of the settlement-This check is being sent to me by a settlement administrator hired by FTC. IS THIS LEGITIMENT? or should I destroy the check, cost for bounced check is more than the check is woth. Thank you. Martin. 01/05/14

Yes, the FTC recently sent out refund checks to people who purchased health products made by Central Coast Nutraceuticals. You can learn more by visiting the FTC's refund page for this case.

Got a call from Mexico about getting my money back from a time share.The guy was from the Mexican Government,I just had to send him 1720 and he would send me $11,000.To good to be true

I put on craigslist that I was selling lingerie for100$ then I received a check for 1,800 I was wow im only asking for100$ so I destroy the check didn't cash it but now I'm being harassed that FBI is gonna come to my home ect a lot of negative text what should I do

My son had same happen to him! Ignore their threats! They will eventually leave you alone. We checked the name & all info on check out. This we were informed is the one they really are having trouble getting. Local law said if my son had cashed the check he would have been fined & jailed!

Almost the same with me I have not cashed check so just wanted to see if fbi came or if that was just threats

I was taken by sensa.dont buy this it doesn't work. They refuse to give your money back.48

I got a call from an indian lady name Erica Johnson and she to I was approved for 6,700 dollar grant and that I need to put three hundred dollars on a green dot card.

I was applying for a must needed loan and I got a call from a Natalie Johnson and I was so desperate I caved and now I don't have a bank account, I'm going to be evicted and It's cold in MN! I just don't know what to do. I have been sober for just over a year and I'm about to break...

Same here and she used abusive language to me and I told her that this is a scam and he threatend to have me arrested for saying such abusive language to her.

I received call from "Indian accent guy" claiming that I've been randomly selected by US govt for 7k grant. Instructions were to buy greendot $ pack, add $299, then call back and give info of greendot pack to receive 7k plus the 299. I'm glad to have found this web site with all these testimonials of previous scams. So, scammed18, I hope you didn't lose out on your $300.

I received a call like that yesterday from a man that I couldn't understand. He said that I needed to pay $150.00 upfront and that it would be paid back with the $7,000 grant. I was supposed to pick it up this morning. I will go directly to Government Grants to apply for a personal or business grant.

Same bad deal here justin j able 914_236-6343
914-977-5188 202-461-3468 payday to California took $350 for loan bs my kids lost christmas because i was stupid i call them and they are rude i call them theives and scam artist when they answer i have ann email from we were in desprate need and they prey on the needy i pray that some day i can look them in the eye as they head to prison for stealing a thief is a thief however they steal

Erica johnson and her team of scam artists called me today saying I was one of 2000 people receiving a 6700 dollar grant all I had to do was pay 200 in taxes on it first, did I dodge a bullet?

You guys always make sure that when you read all of your e-mails and g-mails that each e-mail and/or g-mail are valid e-mails, not those scam-mails.

My grandaughter got a call at work stating they were from the Federal Trade Commission and that someone had taken out a loan in her name and in order for them to investigate she needed to send them 150.00 by the next week or she would have to go to court. Is this legitimate because she has not taken out any loans. It scared her and she called me because she did not know what to do. I told her not to do anything.

Hi, the FTC will never call you and demand money for an investigation. This sounds like a variation of an imposter scam. Your granddaughter can file a complaint with the FTC at She also might want to order a free copy of her credit report from to make sure there are no loans or other credit accounts that she doesn't recognize.

Today I tried to apply for a debt consolidation loan for 3,000 to pay my credit cards off. I got a call from this phone number 209-315-5456. out of Riverbank CA the lady was not from the US hardly could understand her english. I knew that this was a scam at the beginning. She never stated what company she was from and I said when do I get my 3,000 dollars and she said that for us to process the loan I would need to get a moneypak green dot card for 200 dollars and then my money would be deposited in 35 minutes. I said that I have never heard such a thing and I said that this is a scam and I was not interested in the offer. And I hung up the call. And then 5 minutes later another phone call from a different state and area code, I did not answer I called the number back and the recording states that the number has been disconnected. That's a SCAM folks beware. Do not give out bank information or any personal info because these scammers will eat you up. And for one thing that it is illegal to have to pay for a fee to get a advanced loan.

SCAM-SCAM-SCAM-SCAM-SCAM. i tried to cash the check and the place wouldnt even give it back to me!!! look out for these guys.

Dear Part Time Evaluator,

You should have received your 1st assignment by now delivered through US postal service, ( which includes a check and instructions letter to follow ) Please follow instructions, deposit check for 1 business day and then cash out then take care of your 1st task immediately.

Thanks and Have a great day,

Christopher Brooke
Research/Evaluation Team.

I signed up to do Mystry shopping for walmart and western union. The website looked legitimate.
My first assignment was to check out western union and how things were running ct. I was asked to do a wiretransfer from a cashier's check after taking "my pay" out I was to send the rest to someone else.
NOW my bank says the cashier check was fraudulent and my account is in the an I recover the $ I had prior and go about reporting this?

Thanks for the info,I received a money order for 972.00 also mystery shopper. Ha Ha, Deposit in my bank and wire the remainder at western union to another mystery shopper. Scam. They need to get a little more creative, just how many times do western union need evaluating?

They are trynna scam me as i type, contacting me telling me the want to buy from me off craigslist but their assistant sent me too much money, take it to my bank cash it and send back the rest...thats silly

What a mess, and a waste of peoples time,, I just deposited one of the checks today, But now that I know what you guys have been through I will not follow any of the mystery shopper first evaluation steps for WalMart, Rite Aid, Radio Shack etc.. Sign so dissapointed

I just got the same thing from the exact name you posted Christopher Brook M.D.
I'm now in the hole with my bank for allot of money
They had me go to Wal-Mart n then western union n money gram as well
I'm so scared because these people have my home adress add well what do I do , I'm going to my bank today I have to shut everything down. And pay my bank back , I've had my account for years ,
And it did seem legit it really did.

I got scam as well. He used a woman's name from Arizona and the bank is out of Texas. I called the lady about it. My bank can't verify the funds. So I didn't lose everything. It's just I was hoping it was real.

What was the name of the lady? Was it Wendy and where did you find the number

I was contacted in Nov. 2013 by Richard Gardner who said he was with Fidelity Investments, Real Estate Division. I was being awarded a settelment from them because they had sued Sharp Innovations LLC. who had scammed me in the past. I would also get money to refund my credit card (which I used in my dealing with Sharp). Richard went on to say they also sold my Starwood Vistana timeshare to a Linda Cohen. I would get a certified check in the amount of $48,850.00 within a week to 10 days via FedX or UPS if I sent them moneygrams (which totaled $1750 to $2000) which I stupidly did. Now I am unable to reach anyone on the phone. I know I have been scammed.

I was debited (CKCD Debit) $9.84 by CWEBCS.COM on my last bank statement. Never made this charge and internet is full of activity by numerous organizations perpretating this scam. What to do. I want my money back...

Yours is easier then the others because it goes through your bank account just contact your bank and tell them you didn't make that charge. And that you think someone may have gotten you card information now the big hassel is that you will have to get rid of that debit card and get a new one but they should look into the charge and in most cases you will get the money back. The fraud department of your bank will help walk you through doing what ever you need to do...good luck!

I just received a call from someone stating they were with the FTC asking if I received a registered /certified letter for a claim, I think from Llyod International, because records show I did not receive it yet. He stated it was from a survey I participated on December 16th. What I understood is this company apparently is liquidating and I am entitled to a large amount of money and taxes will have to be paid. I was never asked for any personal information or asked to pay anything. It was explained to me what I should receive in the mail and what needed to be mailed back, notarized etc etc...The address given to me was yours, 600 Pennsylvania NW....but the number is different from any of your listed on here, 202-558-4542. Very strange? Wish it was real for the large amount of cash supposedly to be given :-)
It definitely has my my red flags flying HIGH...

Sorry, but this is a scam. Most likely, you will be asked to deposit a check and then send some portion of it back to cover taxes or fees. Don't fall for it. The check will turn out to be a fake (it can takes weeks for a bank to uncover a fake check), and you will be responsible for paying the money back to the bank.

I figured it was is why I started my own little research online. So sad people do this to others :( Thank you for responding back so quickly. Have a nice day!

I just received a check in the mail for 1711.77 com a Katherine brenner. The bank on the check is a real bank and the routing number matches. I kno this is to good to be true but the check looks legit. Radar up, do you know what's up?

Mr. Lyles Scales @ 876-529-2051, is making harassing phone calls to my father Andrew Baldwin about winning the Mega Millions Sweepstakes and telling him that if he does not pay the money his Social Security Checks will be garnished to get the $1,000.00 needed to pay the fee owed to deposit the 2.5 million Dollars in his bank account. I spoke with Mr. Scales and he wouldn't tell me anything other than I could pay the money for him. I told him that my father does not want the money and that he is not to call him again or he will be reported for operating a scam. Please help to do something with these people that are praying on the elderly. Thank you and please contact me anytime.

I recieved 2 seperate postal money orders to do secret shopper also.I took them to the bank and deposited in a seperate account.Fake!!! never tried to cash them I have an awesome bank MMFCU.They held them for 30 days.I was told to take to law dept.They have names that can be traced,They came priority mail so had to sign for them.Postal problems also.Evidence does not fail.So loppojkout crooks you are about to be BUSTED.

I recently got scammed too by a secret shopper service, stating to be through Walmart. I've already reported the incident to local law and the FTC, now the scammer is threaten ting to press charges on me for harrassment! My bank is demanding the money, even though they did not follow through on protocol, to place a hold on the check! All I want is my money back. I'm only 19, I don't have two grand just laying around. So anyone beware of a secret shopper service!!! If you're contacted by someone named Tony Raymond, it is a scam!!! The local law or the bank is not willing to investigate at all! How could I go about back tracking on the USPS package I received the check in??? The place if was shipped out of and the address on it are two different states, that are no where near each other!! Please help!

If you think it's bad getting these fraudulent postal money orders, try being the person who's name is on them. My name was used and so far people have sent back to me nasty letters and phone messages thinking I am behind it! Never believe the letter and NEVER cash anything that requires you to use your own money.

I got one just a week ago I checked online for postal money orders how to spot and called the hotline turns out it's fake like I thought I'm turning it over to the FBI when I can find out how

I received a letter and a check for $3900 from Lincoln Financial Group in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada from a John Harris. The envelope return address was from Walmart, also in Canada, but the logo was in black and white, not blue like you would expect. In the letter it said I had won $250,000 in a "lottery sweepstakes" and $2600 of the $3900 check was earmarked to pay the "taxes" on my winnings.I was instructed by "Mr Harris", ( who by the way, did not sound American or Canadian, but spoke bad English with an Indian accent)to deposit the check in my account and to call back when that was done. I did not deposit the check and called back telling them I did. He then told me to use Money Gram to send 2 payments of $1300 each to 2 different women, Susan Tamni and Jennifer Coleman to an address in Cork, Ireland to satisfy the "taxes".
He urged me to act immediately so I could get the balance of my winnings the next day. The last time I got a check in the mail and deposited it, it turned out to be fake and it cost me $40 which I paid to the bank. I consider myself lucky to have gotten off so easy. Listen up people! If it sounds too good to be true, it is usually BS! There are so many unscrupulous rip-off artists in this world, it is mind-boggling! Do not fall for these scams, they are just trying to take your money and there is no way to find them if you fall for their sneaky tricks!

Do not respond. They use stolen credit cards to purchase goods and have those goods ship to you. You will be liable for the stolen card AND THE STOLEN GOODS. Several people have been caught up in this scam and they ended having to pay.

I just caught on to a company called Saving Ace has been taking money out of my checking account for 4 years! Each year increasing amount. I just never thought I was being ripped off. These people get your information from using different sights, most popular one I read about is or Intellius. I've read tons of reviews that many people has come here to file a complaint and they are still in business and have not been caught yet! Each email I received from them started with member saving@ and each transaction that taken out of my account started with MVQ. They have different names for company. One that I learned about is called Adaptive Marketing. Watch for this, I didn't think it could happen to me, and it did.

I recently had a friend who applied for a loan through this friend owed me a large amt of money and told me upon receiving his loan would fully pay me back, but he needec 400 dollars to send as insurance which I gave (stupidly). He was on the phone with them the entire time while he used moneygram to send my 400. After sending he was then told they needed another 571 dollars to cover fees before releasing his loan. At this time I was very suspicious and talked to the man who had an indian accent stating this was a scam and demanded my 400 refunded. He stated they were a legitimate company but he couldn't refund the money until the rest was sent. I considered this a loss and went home very upset, my friend however had convincedhimself this was real and borrowed the money from a relative once again they promised to put the loan into his account upon reciept of money. The next problem was that they supposedly couldn't send the moneygram for the entire amount due to a law in Indiana that only allows so much money to be wired at a time. So now they had to send three installments each costing 200 dollars. I thought that I had convinced him to stop sending money and report them but he ended up sending the 800. It was at this point he called the FTC and wasvassigned a lawyer. Once he threatened thecompany they have promised the money will be there Monday and he can actually see the pending funds on his account. These people are out of Fl and always used the same numbers which we called and were legit. They insist they are not scammers and have always called back when they said they would. They are also supposed to not only send the original loan amt but also refund all fees. I went to website which looked legit and tried to find any complaints against them. I realize that no one should have to pay to get a loan. My question is what are the odds the money will be sent and has anyone ever dealt with this company? I need my money back because I have messed my bank account up badly due to being overdrawn, but I also worry about my friend who now owes three people money and is about to lose his mind over this. What should be our next step if this money isn't sent? Any help is appreciated

Has anybody heard about some company called STS? They have convinced my son to send them $150 for some stock. Now they want another $150 to activate the account. They claim there is $2,500 worth of stock in the account.

Has anyone heard of a company called STS? They have convinced my son to wire them $150 for some stock. Now they want another $150 to activate the account, so he can get his money. Sounds fishy to me.

what if someone want you to deposit a check and then wire some of the funds. but they are ok with you waiting a week until the check clears your bank? ( here are his instructions. applied for an administrative assistant position through craigslist. )

How are you doing today?Your first assignment commence today like i said in my previous email on the Meanwhile i will like you to take precautions of my instructions and follow them orderly.I am having my co-coordinator Katie Allen to handle some of my affairs in Benin and therefore you will be sending him the funds via WESTERN UNION,I will like you to withdraw out the whole amount and deduct $400 for your service towards handling these.You are deduct the status of the payment,As soon as you have the cash from your Bank kindly proceed to WESTERN UNION LOCATION And have the whole funds sent expect from your $400 and the WESTERN UNION Charges...Below is Katie Allen information you will be needing to send the funds to in Benin...

Since he is letting me wait till the check clears do you think this is ok?

No, this is just another version of the scam. Banks "clear" checks within a few days, and it often looks like there's real money in your account. But it can take several weeks for the bank to uncover a fake check. When the bank discovers that the check is fake, they will take that money back out of your account. If you've already withdrawn the money, the bank will demand that you pay it back.

just so everyone is aware, check was fraudulent was never deposited had bank check before hand.

Hi I am dealing with the same thing. What was the number if you don't mind me asking.

We found a car on claiming Amazon would be a nuetral party to hold the money they wanted wired to an account while the car was shipped from another state. The seller also claimed to be in the miliatary and had to sell the car fast as she was being shipped out. I called Amazon to verify before we wired money and they confirmed it was a scam even though the Amazon bill looked authentic

I fell for it. I was desperate for a car, terrible financial circumstances, everything looked perfectly official and I paid $2,600 yesterday. Now all I can do is cry. It's horrible how honest hardworking minimum wage earners get prayed upon like this. Person claimed to be military. Disgusting.

Don't feel stupid happened to me too ebay was handling all the financial work her name was Sargent Elizabeth Haggar and every ebay email looked real and it had this message was originate through ebay to show your registred name and I didn't think nothing of it because I do have a ebay account

I Was sellin my car today and I was almost scammed awell by sending 900 to western union so they could approve my deposit of 2500 dont send nothin at all

Apparently the same person is listing this vehicle on Craigslist too. She claimed the exact same thing you listed here. This is such an insult to our hardworking, honest military personnel.
Others, PLEASE do not fall for this scam!

I just got scammed by the exact same thing but I was stupid and fell for it. Only after I found I was scammed when I called Amazon. Goes by name Aaron Kramer Fake Amazon email stating the money is being refunded due to wrong amount needs to be in euro. This scammer still emailing me if I got a refund at my bank. I have not replied back, don't know what else to do. I did report it though.

My mom just went through a terrible ordeal with some "Officer Landry" who called from 1-514-611-9999 to say that her grandson was in jail and needed to be bailed out. She was instructed to go to the bank, withdraw $2000 and then go to RiteAid and buy Green Dot Money paks ($500 each) and then return their call. She called me (daughter)since she does not drive and when I called the number back that they had given her, of course they wanted to numbers off the back of the card. Since I work for the federal government in administration, I made that clear and of course I was hung up on. When I tried to call the number back, it rang 4 times and went to a voicemail box that was not set up. Thank GOD I intercepted this SCAM or my poor elderly mom would be out $2000. When we called my nephew (Mom's grandson), he knew nothing about "being in jail" and we found that the phone number was out of Quebec, Canada. We now have changed our "policy" of answering our phones, both landline and cell phones - we don't answer it unless we know the name/number that come up on caller ID. NO more scams for us on the telephone. You have to be watching over your shoulder every minute with the scammers out there. My Mom has been so upset about this since we feel we were "violated" with the callers knowing so much about us and using a family member in trouble as their MO. Shame on them...shame on us for not doing something more to stop these scam scums!

My Dad just lost $5000 for the same scam. They told him not to talk to anyone. He is 81yrs old. He had never heard of those green dot cards (neither had I) and did as they instructed by telling them the numbers on the back. Finally, he told me what was happening an I checked with my son who lives in another state and he was not in another country on vacation. My poor father has lost $5000. There is no way to catch these people?

My husband and I keep getting calls saying we "won" a vehicle. The caller(s) sometimes sound Jamaican and sometimes from India. All we need to do is send Green Dot Money Packs to help pay for the taxes. They use different numbers all the time. The last call came Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:48 p.m. from "Mr. Schafer". We have been bothered for about 3 months now and intend to turn them in every time they call! Why can't they just get a real job like the rest of us do. I wish they could get caught!

I have also received calls of this same nature using the name Mr. Baxter , he has an accent , eiether Jamaican or Indian. He is very stern , demanding and rude! Calls show locations of Jamaica, New Jersey and more , with different numbers. They tell you they are some Prize Awarding thing and you are the winner of a "pink Mercedes and 2 million dollars, but you have to pay them x amount , using a Green Dot card! This one guy went so far as to honk the horn on the"pink Mercedes" and to tell me to meet him at a bank location for delivery! This kind of thing preys on older American citizens and needs to be stopped! We pay a lot for cell phone services and yet we are constantly invaded by this kind of thing and hundreds more! It makes me want to throw my phone out then window! Don't give out your number on your computer ! There are vultures and thieves waiting !

Beware of the name 'Jeff Gant' or 'Earl Waters'. I had been scammed out of $15,000.00. This guy called and said he work with an Attorney and helped people get their money back. After several call getting my information such as company and facts of the scamm, he called and told me I would be getting a check for the entire amount back. I was so happy and when he said I would have to send certified check for the work involved ($1300) which was a percentage of my loss, I did not think anything about it. I was just so happy to think I was getting the money back, I stupidly sent the money. Needless to say, I never got my money, nor was I ever able to get anyone on the phone again.. We do some really stupid things, without thinking or checking when it comes to money. Now, I have lost all faith in the human race!

I lost all faith in the human race a long time ago. I feel your pain.


This people are doing scams don't talk to them. They will call you and tell you that you are approved for a loan and then take your money. They are a** hole. Moth******ers. Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam Scam

I was scammed for 8,600.00. Have been told Homeland Security is helping me get my refund. They want to increase my credit limit and give me a check for the amt. Is this a fraud . Thanks S

if anyone gets a request from a Elizabeth Warren do not except it it is a scam I fell for it and im out a 150.00 dollars she said that is a agent and she works for the federal agency

my mother in law called me frantic that my son, not sure which one, (ages 15 and 13)called her saying that he was in mexico that spring break started early and his friends parent was a pilot. They told her that her he (grandson) wasn't feeling well and had to go to the hospital for surgery on his appendix and they needed money. The phone number came up private so we were not able to do a call back. The people who called on said "Grandma" and never identified with a name, only she did. Now Grandma is upset and doesn't know what to believe.

I received a check drawn on Natl Penn Bank for $2440. The routing number actually belongs to Bank of Oklahoma. This check is for an 'evaluation check' regarding Western Union, and $300 is compensation, and the rest is 'evaluation' money. Asked me to send an email confirming receipt to and I would receive further instructions
The name of the company is MS MARKETING CO. 600 B ST. #1500, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101 (323)696-4268

I just recently got scammed i was on craigslist lookin for an affordable car for my family. i thought i found a great deal they sent me emails about how they go through ebay protection program so everything would b protected. they said to send money gram and car would b delivered. i fell for it and sent money gram for $2020 and then got email telling me needed to send $1430 for insurance. that was when i realized it was all scam because when tried to cancel purchase and get my money back i got no respond. so now I lost out on car and money. this all happened this week. i have 4 little girls and just wanted a car to go places this summer. How can i get my money back so i can go buy an actual car for my family??

I'm sorry that this happened to you. It's very difficult to trace money transfers, but it's a good idea to call the money transfer company immediately to report the fraud and file a complaint. Ask for the money transfer to be reversed. You also can file a complaint with your local consumer protection agency and with the FTC.

I had to pay 110.00 on Tues April 1 to Cancel a Loan application is a SCAM or legitimate thing to do?

The following information was emailed to me from a seller on Craigslist after I texted him interest in purchasing a car.

Barrett Paul SSgt -- USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF

Apr 2 (1 day ago)

to me
Hi ,
Let me give you a few details about my Mazda. Really good shape, never had any problems with it, no scratches or dents, the car is free of any accidents (exterior color gray, interior tan, automatic transmission, mileage 106,313, engine 3.5L 6cyl). The title is legally under my name, clear and free of any liens or loans. The price is $4,800 cause I need to sell it before 28th of April, when I'll be leaving with my platoon back to Afghanistan, replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
If you have any other questions or need more info, please feel free to ask. I can provide you more details if you are interested in buying it.

Thank you,
Paul A. Barrett

Hi Rita,

I will do my best to walk you through the process. As I told you in my first email, I am ready to deploy to Afghanistan. The vehicle is located in Omaha, Nebraska, but i advertised it on other states also to get more exposure and sell it faster. The vehicle is already at the shipping company , ready to be delivered to its future new owner. Being a military personnel, the deal is handled by Army and Air Force Exchange Service so I don't have much to do about it. Using Army and Air Force Exchange Service`s, you get free delivery, at your place in 4-6 days. In addition, you get 5 days to try it out before buying it, and if you don't like it, you can send it back at my expense. For more info on how it works, I can ask Army and Air Force Exchange Service to send you an email with more details on how to buy it. They will contact you shortly, as soon as have your personal details. If you would like to receive the email from Army and Air Force Exchange Service with all the transaction information, please reply with your full name, address and phone # and they will contact you right away.

Thank you,
Paul A. Barrett

This is excellent news! You will see these guys are great! So I will have Army and Air Force Exchange Service to send you the invoice, and you will receive it by e-mail, all the instructions and details about your safety and about the sale altogether. After you receive the invoice, in case you decide to buy it you will have to pay through Army and Air Force Exchange Service, as they will hold, protect and guarantee your money until you get the mazda. You will try it out for 5 days, and if at the end you are happy with it, you can give them the "green" to release the money to me. Or if not, you can just send it back and get a refund, without paying for the shipping.
They also have their toll free number on the invoice, so for any additional questions, feel free to ring them.

Thank you
Paul A. Barrett

Barrett Paul SSgt -- USAF ACC 23 FSS FSVF

6:01 PM (3 hours ago)

to me
You will have their toll free number on the invoice , if you have questions or if you'd like to know more details about it

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service would not be involved in a car sale between a military member and a civilian. This sounds like a variation of a money transfer scam. Craigslist advises users to buy and sell locally to avoid scam artists. According to the FTC, it's not a good idea to send money to someone you don't know by money transfer or a pre-paid card -- which are nearly impossible to trace or refund.

I fell for the same scam, and it cost my only $100.00 by Western Union. He called back 30 minutes later and said that because this transaction was not conducted through my bank. I would have to pay the full amount of $200.00. He wanted me to go to a different Western Union to do this. I refused and told him that I would be contacting a supervisor. while still on the computer and the phone He, at the same time the dialogue box indicated that I was re-connected and that a support tech would be contacting me shortly. He said that he would be contacting me on Monday. When I tried to sign in to my laptop the next day. I couldn't. The administrative password had been cleared out. I had to contact the manufacturer and them conduct a default set which took me 3 to 4 hours. The scammers name was Sadiya Abdalla Ganamo, going by the name of Leon Wilson. The next number that I began getting calls from was 323-489-7475. He said his name was John Parker. He was from India with an American name. When I called this number back, it was a a Walmart super center. Please be advised.

I received a call from a company called fast cash out of PA who offered me a loan of $5.000.00 with a 3% interest rate and all i had to do was send $275.00 for an application fee ,his name was mark sandford at 1-610-732-4469 then he asked me to send $275.00 for western union fees via a green dot money card ,about 10 mins later he called to say that western union lines were down and id have to send another $225 for money gramm fees and they would call me back 30 mins later with the eight digit no for moneygram .while i was waiting for the call western union called me back to apologise for the problems and would add $200 on my account.. i never got the call from moneygrammm nor mark sandford id been scammed for $895.00 ......

You can file a complaint with the FTC at Your complaint helps law enforcement agencies in their investigations.

I just got a cashiers check for 2,097 from eddy federal credit union from a mark Bailey said for Mr to deposits it toy account all thou I did but have not gotten theomey from the bank is there still time for me to go talk to them this happened Friday and today is Sunday??? I'm going Monday to talk toy back I don't want to get I'm trouble he was going to pay me 200 and me send the rest thru moneypack

This sounds like a fake check scam. You are responsible for any money you withdraw against that check. It's best wait until the bank confirms the funds from the check have been deposited into your account before making any withdraws.

My ex son in law sent $8000.00 for a motorcycle on and internet ad from Italy. IT was fake. He's stupid.

i was sent two cashiers check in the mail for secret shopper turns out checks where fake and my bank did not put anything but a one day hold.

Hi I was scammed on craigslist it was a mystery shopper job and got the check but caked the bank on the check to confirm if it was real which it was not so I thought it was over but now these people are threatening to send people to my home and I have a child I am a little shaken by the whole thing

who do I turn the money order over to ? haven't cashed it... post office?

Yes, you can call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.

I got call from a number in Washington DC area code 202, stating I won a sweepstakes lottery, whom stated the taxes were already paid and all I need to pay is $300 to have the check register in my name, so when I go to cash it it wiil be already registered and the bank would not give me any static. He said the amount is 7 million. Has anyone ever experience this? It sounds so fishee!! Oh they state they work for FTC

I was sent a United States Postal money order of course I know about scams so I did my research called the number to check and is fake. Call and research when in doubt don't put in bank and don't send. For any reason..

Does this seem like a scam to you guys?

Home based job (Working from home)?
- We are offering an exclusive Chance to work from home. You will need only to have internet connection to communicate with us, and a mobile phone to communicate with our operators.

Our Customers are based worldwide and utilise our services from anywhere at any convenient time. Cash transfers are made from the country of their temporary residence to their new destination country, as the legislation in many countries require income tax statements for payment orders. For this purpose our company provides confidential money transfer to our Customers. Besides that, we provide solid support to several type of financial transactions.

Your salary will be USD 725 per week. With each successful transaction you will receive the 5% of the transaction total value. The work is about 2 to 3 hours per day. On the probation period you will process the payments through your personal bank account. When the probation period will be completed, our company will open a corporate bank account for this purpose. For the safe money transferring of our Customers payments, our Company uses only bank accounts. Also your salary will be transferred to your bank account.

This is an easy job as it doesn't demand any training. You should only follow our instructions. We will be reporting for each task individually.

We have many years of working experience in this field.

Please see the "Job Description" file for more details about current position.

Are you ready to get started?

Yes. I would not answer an email like this. The red flags I see are:

  • Exclusive opportunity
  • High earnings for easy work
  • Unsolicited offer

Read more about how to spot work at home opportunities that are really a scam here.

I got an email to sign up for some research program like the ones you get from University research center. Then they email me telling me the evaluation will be delivered in few days and follow the instruction. So it ended up it's a moenygram business evaluation. They mailed me a check with the fund to be transfered via Moneygram plus the amount to be paid-out to me. They ask me to deposit the check to my bank account and use Moneygram to transfer portion of it to unknown person. They ask me to observe how long it takes for the moneygram clerk to service you. I did deposit the check via ATM but then right afterwards that I thought that was suspicious so I called up the bank and have them stopped cashing the check. Watch out guys!

I got a call saying I was under a federal mandate to get a credit card. I money framed the processing fee and then called and said there was a mistake. I had to send more. Then called and said I had 30 minutes to send more so I could get my card within an hour. All in all I sent this m@@@@@ f@@@@@ 3000.00 and nothing. His name is Patrick Costello from florida

I was involved with a Craigslist and Western Union scam. After depositing the check Western Union cautioned me about the scam. I went to my bank the day after depositing the check for assistance. They told me to let it clear. If it cleared it was good. I waited until it cleared before withdrawing any funds for the Western Union scam. The next day the check came back bad. I am trying to get the bank to provide restitution since I received bad advice from their teller but they aren't willing to make it right. I am continuing to fight it.

Hi, just want to let you all know to be on the lookout for a person named Tiara Wright . She is demanding money transfers by money gram and sent me a huge check of $2,753 to pay not only for a $90 furniture and a transfer fee, but to pay for the so called "movers" claiming that they would come to my place once the money is transferred . All i wanted to do was sell my furniture .

hello, did you cash the check?

My 74 year old Dad has just been scammed Paid cash in to Post office account Tony Raymond through Money Gram - now has nothing left to live off - I have told him time and time again NEVER to speak to anyone on the phone or at the door!!! :(

Does anyone know of ShandHai Suntin Electronic Technology Co,LTD

Don't purchase anything from AvoBuy. They take your money and claim to pool customers together on the same item in order to get better discount. The item never comes and neither does a refund. They block you email address and phone number once try to get a refund. The 60 days for a credit card company to help you or 120 for Google Wallet passes and you're on your own. Lost $340.

Watch out for consignment trust, a guy by the name of Roland (aka Ronald) Greenberg wanted me to send 8500$ to a 4th party in the UK for construction equipment sight unseen.

The scheme was elaborate, fake web pages, chat rooms, multiple email address, 6 different phone numbers(they were texting me) and 2-800 numbers. These guys have skills.

My offer to purchase was when the guy started to pressure me saying, if I didn't send the cash before I promised. I would be held responsible for delayed container fees for my merchandise and other customers cargo fees that was being loaded in the same container.

I was kinda suspicious from the get go but this was the clincher, its amazing how quickly I found negative reviews when I googled the company.

I replied to his last email telling him that "he the escrow company,web pages,chat prints,email addresses,800 numbers and invoices with reference information was being monitored by the RCMP Internet Fraud Dept. and any further questions should be forwarded to the Court go (Prosecutors Office). I also included a link to the local police departments fraud webpage. I haven't heard from him since.

I would have loved to see this guys mug after reading the reply.

Hi, one of my old friends from years owed me money. They contacted me today and asked for my mobile bank account info so that they could deposit a check. I asked if they could just western union me the money or go the the bank and do s deposit. They said that they couldn't, I asked if they could take a picture of the check so I can see it they said they didn't trust bc someone might retrieve their information. I'm a skeptical about this? If the check are fake or returned, will I get in trouble for it?

So I've been looking for jobs on Craigslist and also have been posting my own ads for jobs as well. I guess these ppl seen my E-mail. I received one that asked was I still looking for work. And of course I said yes. Then I got an E-mail back that said.
Thank you for your timely response, The house is a two bedroom unfurnished apartment. I will like you to know that you will be responsible for general cleaning of hallways (dusting, vacuuming and mopping), doors, windows, pick up trash in common areas, sweeping and changing light bulbs etc. I am a consultant Agent currently working with Fair Trade Organization (FTO). I’m currently out of the states and I will be arriving to the states by December 15th 2014. I want the apartment to be worked on and get clean before my arrival.

I wont be able to make payment to you but i will instruct my secretary to make payment out to you, She will be sending you the payment in form of business check, which you will get soonest this is because i don't want any delay in your cleaning service, I want the house to look as clean as possible. I want you to know that I will be paying you $1000 every 2 weeks if you are willing and ready to work for me; cleaning the house. If you are interested in the work, I will instruct my secretary to email an upfront payment of $500 to you so as to know how serious I am with the cleaning job I want you to do.

So as for my secretary to send the upfront payment to you; I will like to have the below information so i can instruct her to send the payment to you;

1. Full Name

2. Street Address,

3. City

4. State and Zip Code

5. Phone Number

6. Age, Sex

7. Current Occupation

Thanks for showing interest in the post and hope all this arrangement is okay by You, if so do email back as soon as possible so that i can make the arrangement for the check ASAP, I will really appreciate your mail and I believe you will enjoy working with me.
And I send my information to this person. No phone though because my phone isn't working now. But then they said the money was on the way but they send the wrong amount of money to me and they need me to western union 1,900$ to the painter and the rest for me. He send 2,450$ today. I just received the check. But something didn't seem right. Its from wavesource Inc in kalispell, mt and the bank on it says glacier bank. I am not cashing the check. I know it is a scam. And anyone else receives it don't fall for it.

Hi, long story short, someone sent me a check to help out with some errands. They paid me and everything worked out. When the second check came it didn't go through yet. They person insisted on me using my own money and keep the money when the check went through. The check never went through but my money was stolen.

Now, the same people has contacted me and is sending another check under a different name. I was wondering can I just cash the check, keep the cash and call it a day?

my boyfriend on aug. 30 2014 sent 300.00 from moneygram to me how can anyone get the numbers he gave me in my house alone i do suspect theres someone my id with there picture

We just got scammed by that claims to help companies 'build business credit' and guarantees approval of a business loan in 45 days. we paid upfront for their program over 90 days ago and we have nothing to show for it...the owner (probably a fake name) anthony richards uses bank of america for his online scams by using their 'bank of america invoicing' feature. I cant believe bank of america allows people like this to continue to have accounts...

I am the most stupid person in the world in fact st some point I feel like I knew it was a scam I just didn't think it was going to end up this bad. I came across this thing on the internet stating that I could get 8000 dollars if I had navy Fed so I applied (with all my information) I know better but the money sounded good. So then a check was deposited in my account they did themselt edeposit when the check came in my account I got a call saying that there had been an error and I must seen the 3000 back so I did , I just thought oh okay this might 've a scam that would only result in me not getting Money , si i sent it because afterall it wasnt mine , layer that day that Saïd they were fixing my account to receive my pprize I thought wow not fake other peoples money was transferred in my account and a little more then half was ssent back out my account via PayPal. Unroll the bank called me I try to play it off like I knew what was going in although I had no clue untill later I could bot gain access to my account and i could no longer contact the people being that it was so late on new years I called in the morning I was so frighten I didn't even sleep or eat I was transferred to security who said my account was restricted and as soon as the check returns I would owe that money and possibly the people that money got transferred paypal which would be 5600 , I would have to pay that to get any acess t to my account she even said all my money that comes in will be debt towards that debt , so she's telling me I will have no money to pay bills , my car anything . She said I should file a police report I am in the military and I M terrified of my command learning this sistuation , so I have not yet now I'm going on emergency leave because my grandmother past away. I'm still so scared about life right , is there any information someone can give me at all

In the past I have received hundreds of emails which seemed like scams. One which I actually was drawn in by;'sort of' told me that like all the rest I would be sent a check and I would take my cut and sent the rest via Western Union to them. The problem with this was that in the envelope their was also a letter with a persons phone number. I called the number and naturally some Indian guy picked up and naturally could not have cared what I had to say. He even threatened me!!! He said 'If I did not send the check on then he would call the police on me!!!' I simply replied back 'Go ahead, I would be more than happy to pass on your letter that you sent via US Postage which is a Federal Offence in the First place to the Police'. I then said 'I do not know what type of people you usually talk to in regards to the SCAM but I am not one of them. I am smarter than you!!!' He then hung up on me because he was not going to get me to do what he wanted!!!

This was one of those ho so famous situations that if it seems too good to be true it probably is!!! I shredded both the letter and the envelope

sadly my grandmother got scammed and is about lose her home now ...I told her and my aunt told her that she doesn't need to give out personal information. really sucks...I almost got scammed one day but I played dumb of course and pretended like I didn't know what they were talking about. be careful out there everyone. do not give out personal information to anyone

I received a phone call on Thursday. stating I was entitled to $5700. from taxes and they were from congress. The person who called sounded like he was from the middle east and I had trouble understanding him. He gave me a confirmation number an the phone number 3602070918. On Saturday a man named Mr Paul contacted me from that number and said I needed to buy a voucher for $150 at one western union location then take that voucher to another western union location and they would give me $5850 (the original $5700 & $150 for the cost of the voucher). I told him I couldn't do it today because I didn't have the money on me but really I said it because it sounded kinda fishy to me. Is this legitimate or a scam?

My elderly mother nearly was scammed with the classic call from someone claiming her grandson (my son) was injured at a wedding in the Caribbean while on military leave. The caller knew a tremendous number of details related to my son's graduation from Navy basic training in Great Lakes IL. I am suspicious it could be an inside job. Some details were never in Facebook. If this has happened to your family, be sure to report it to the Navy.

I got an email for a work at home job with a German company to process payments and then re-send them to the company via wire transfer because they claim they don't yet have an office in the usa. This feels really off to me. ...

JP, I just got an express priority postal envelope with a check i'm supposed to deposit, then western union most to a "business contact" of this guy off Craig's list, to Mexico....

I just received a similar offer through Career Builder asking me to process payments through my personal bank account and then wire the Money to a Stellar Technology in the UK because they don't have any offices open in the US yet. What ever happened with your situation?

Hi I was also contacted from Deana Jones about the same job with steller technology. Have you gone through with any of it I looked up the website and it's there along with a number in the uk.

Scam artists use a number of elaborate schemes to get your money, and many involve money transfers through companies like Western Union and MoneyGram

Suppose someone sends you a check and tells you to deposit it, and then wire some or all the money. By law, when you deposit a check, a bank must make the funds from the check available to you within a few days. BUT, it can take weeks to uncover a fake check. You're responsible for the checks you deposit, so if a check turns out to be fraudulent, you will owe the bank any money you withdrew.

When you wire money to another country, the recipient can pick it up at multiple locations, making it nearly impossible to identify them or track them down.

am so grateful for this site. You ve' saved me from a lot of heart ache and financial ruin. although I deposited the cashier's check they sent to me into my account. I ve not done anything with the cashier' check. I was planning to do it the next suppose mystery shop at Wall-Mart ,walls green ,RadioShack, rite aid, cvs & so on with almost 1450 including my paid for doing the job. Thank you for creating this site. beside I prayed about it and decided to look up the name Matthew Williams MD OF universal Evaluations LLC.what up was tis site and I read was exactly what I am about carry out the next day. Thanks guys. God Bless all of you. Have a nice day always.

Craiglist sellers beware their is still that scam oUT their were the person has no time to meet you for your product.But they want your address and phone number to send you a check and they will have some one pick it up from you.I did not reply because it just didn't souND right and they wanted me to remove it from craiglist if it sounds to good to be true it usually is.

I responded to an ad on Craigslist and the person asked for my address, phone # and first and last name. I unfortunately gave them that information. Then when they asked for me to send them money through the money pals (pre paid card) I realized it was a scam. I even called ebay ( because the person claimed that's who she was going through). An Ebay representative said it was a scam.

Should I be worried that they have that kind of information about me?
I just deleted every media account I have that has my name (Facebook, twitter, instagram) and changed my phone #.

After conversating off and on with this guy named Steve. The last time I heard from Steve he was supposingly in Atlantic leaving for Africa because he dealth with gems. To make a long story short...Steve contacted me today asking me to go and get a green dot money card..I asked him "Why" he stated after I get the card and have it activated and to wait and give him the information..and his client will call me and tell me what to do..after the money is put on the card for me to take 10% for he repeatedly asked me for my number...I told him that I have given him my number over and over again...I asked whats your number...the number is from africa...he asked me to call him now...I told him someone was on the phone...and I told him I had to go...of course I am not going to submit myself...been stung more...


I already took the money order to my bank to they steal the money if i didnt do the money gram thing please help i dont want problems

does anyone notice a these numbers ? (206)317-1328 & (206)279-4982 ???

Got a check from some one interested in a car that I was selling on criagslist and should have recognized the signs of fraud right off the bat. First of all instead of the usual criagslist reply e-mail I got this re:still have car. To be honest I was so anxious to get the car sold it never occurred to me that this was a scam.
I went through the process and when the check came in the mail, it seemed like an awful lot of money for shipping a car.
Turns out when I went to the bank and talked with the manager, it was fraudulent. I'm just glad I had enough sense to realize there was something fishy about it and to check with the proper officials to find out if it were real or nor.
I got to looking at the information on the e-mails check and final transfer addresses and they didn't match. One was from NY, another from NV and the final one was in SC.
Hope no one get suckered in as deep as I was. If this writing helps some one then PTL. Just hope the e-mails stop soon as the last one was on the threatening side. Surf smart and don't let feeling control the sell of the item you have posted.

Does anyone know thiz number 4072507814. Calls himself Harrison Schilling from Dallas texas. he says he's marine engineer currently at sea

i have this problem, i went to greiglist to find jobs. i saw this one that says Office Position Full & Part Time ______ ______$950.00 weekly

You will be my Personal Assistant with expectations to make weekly purchases and completion of purchased art items from auction companies. The Purchased products can include a large range of items, including food, Art-Materials, machinery, equipment. Depending the type of manufacturing environment, When you get my mails / packages; you are required to mail them to where ever i want them mailed to. You don't have to put money out of your pocket, all you have to do is have packages shipped to your house and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content. All expenses and taxes will be paid by me including your weekly salaries. No heavy packages is involved! You can do the shopping at any nearest stores. You will be shopping for art materials and clothing sorting out my deliveries and packages. I will provide you my personal UPS account number for Shipping. All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will be applied into the account. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well the funds to cover them. You will be working 3 days in a week and you're to choose any 3 days of the week from Monday to Saturday that will be preferable to you and you will be working 5hrs in these 3 days and that will be from 9am - 2pm and we will be offering you $400.00 per week.

Type: Part-Time; Hours: 15 Hours per week
Days: 3 days per week; Weekly Pay: $400.00
BENEFITS:• AD & D Insurance; • 401(k)
If you're interested please provide contact details. full name, physical address including apt# if available and cell phone number to get started. I will be looking forward hearing from you and then proceed on the next step forward.

I send him the address and everything and he send me a check and i feel that is a scam but i dont know i need some advice to what to do with it.

The ad could be from someone trying a Fake Check Scam. It can be really hard to tell if a check is a forgery and it can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. If you deposit the check and withdraw money, you are responsible for the money you withdraw against that check. 

i was scamed by jedida itonbu ewanga in cameroon dont send money

I got scamed saying I was selected for a $8000 government grant and to send a $210 moneygram to a company called paypower. I went to my bank to see if my money was in and it wasn't I called back the number 202-738-1997 which they said the reason I couldnt recive my money was bc I need to transfer $600 more in another money gram when my bank was listening to me and my call they told me it was a scam!! I wasted my whole cheek bc I belived this damn thing and I wont get paid for two more weeks.. so I had to make a police report and I have a 11mth lil girl to take care of. if any one knows who can give me a refund plz write back

Scam artists use a number of elaborate schemes to get your money, and many involve money transfers through companies like MoneyGram.If you’ve wired money to a scam artist, call the money transfer company immediately to report the fraud and file a complaint. You can reach the complaint department of MoneyGram at 1-800-MONEYGRAM (1-800-666-3947). Then, file a complaint with the FTC.

beware about the package from someone want to send wirh you.. about the they are scammer...

I responded to this add on creagslist about fron t desk receptionest .a couple days later this guy by the name of henry towner contacted me an asked for
name,address,phone number,zip
i provoded him with this info an he later said i was qualifyed to worke for him . That mu job would be paying his workers for there laber ect. Lots of time went by an every other day he had an excuse as to y the money wasnt ready . Then as more time went by he contacted me as said that $7100 was avilable to my account. Sure enough when i called my bank they said it was there an i could do with what i wanted he asked to transfer 4000to another bank in MD. I did so my bank hasnt contacted me of any bad notices but i am supper scared because i have a bad filling about this an have never been in trouble by the law so im not sure what to do i honestly thought that since the miney was clear to use from my bank account that nothing would come of it but he asked for me to send 2600to nigeria they refunded me the money bacause they said exactly what im doing is part if a scam so i dont know weather to leave the money there an not go any further with this ???the crazy thing is i have been msg him sence 2days ago and he has not responded so please people tell me what to do????

Under federal law, banks usually have to make money available to you within a certain time after you deposit a check. But even if funds are available, that doesn’t mean the check is legitimate. It can take weeks to discover that a check is a forgery. Until the bank confirms that the funds from the check has been deposited into your account, you are responsible for the money you withdraw. If it turns out that the check is no good, you have to repay the bank. You can report this to the FTC or contact your local consumer protection agency.

I posted an ad on craigslist asking for a loan. Someone answered my ad saying if I put $100 on a reload it card, he can make an account adjustment and basically add a zero turning the $100 into $1000 for me. He says he lives in Reno Nevada. Has anyone ever heard of this? He said all I need to do is give him the card number, he will make the adjustment, then I can transfer the money from the reloadit card to my debit card to access my money. Can this really happen? I've been asking God to send me help, a miracle at that. Has anyone heard of this? He says he has helped a lot of people and has references to back his word.

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