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Old 12-21-2010, 11:38 AM
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Business partner and I got an e-mail from a mutual friend this morning. Basically said he was stranded in Europe at an airport awaiting the end of the snow storms. Had his bags and passport, wallet stolen. Had no money needed a wire transfer. My partner sees the e-mail first, responds to the fellow via his blackberry to get particulars. Arranges to and ultimately wires $2,000 to the guy via a local bank.

We get to talking about how this would make for a great scam. As he goes back to his desk my partner sees the friends pick-up truck parked in the driveway across the street......i.e. not at the airport where it would be if the friend was in Europe.

Long story short the guy is at his shop here in town, not in Europe and it is a scam. Now my partners has to figure out how to get his $2k back. ;?
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Now my partners has to figure out how to get his $2k back. ;?
Probably not gonna happen.
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Oh boy.
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Sorry to sound crass, but anyone dumb enough to fall for that scam should be happy they only lost 2k.

If you were in a foreign land and lost everything, would you just send an email to friends? Or would you report the problem to the police, and ask to use something like a phone? How about contacting your bank to get an emergency card set up once they verify your info?

I have some friends in Nigeria willing to send you a check for $5,000 and you can keep half of it - just cash it and send them the other half in cash.

Sorry to hear about this, but seriously - that was pretty dumb.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Sorry to sound crass, but anyone dumb enough to fall for that scam should be happy they only lost 2k.

If you were in a foreign land and lost everything, would you just send an email to friends? Or would you report the problem to the police, and ask to use something like a phone? How about contacting your bank to get an emergency card set up once they verify your info?

I have some friends in Nigeria willing to send you a check for $5,000 and you can keep half of it - just cash it and send them the other half in cash.

Sorry to hear about this, but seriously - that was pretty dumb.

Ditto.......;?

One great thing about the internet is ALMOST everyone has been made aware of this and similar scams....
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Not a new scam. Its been around awhile.

Why didn't your friend call the person needing the money?
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Time for a new business partner....????
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Happened to my brother. He got a virus that copied his address book and sent that message to everybody in the address book. Any replies went to the Virus maker, so my brother wasn't getting mail and people that wanted to confirm the problem never heard from him.

He and I aren't that close...I told him to enjoy England!
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How exactly do people let themselves be taken like this. I hope you are in charge of the money aspect and if not you should be.
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post
Happened to my brother. He got a virus that copied his address book and sent that message to everybody in the address book. Any replies went to the Virus maker, so my brother wasn't getting mail and people that wanted to confirm the problem never heard from him.

He and I aren't that close...I told him to enjoy England!
That is how the "mutual" friends name showed up on the original email.

Unless maybe the friend is in on it?
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Got a similar one on Thanksgiving, supposedly from my aunt. Interestingly, in her case they also took over her facebook account, so I was getting facebook messages about it as well. Actual person, not a bot, since the answers were tailored to my responses.

Anyway, it was an interesting scam. Busted when I woke my aunt and uncle up at 6:30 am to see if she really had gone to Wales for the holiday. Must be running out of England, since they wanted me to wire money to a money order place located there.
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Stupid is as stupid does.
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In the future if you are in a foreign country and you lose your papers the first stop is the US embassy. and have all communications go through the embassy.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Sorry to sound crass, but anyone dumb enough to fall for that scam should be happy they only lost 2k.

If you were in a foreign land and lost everything, would you just send an email to friends? Or would you report the problem to the police, and ask to use something like a phone? How about contacting your bank to get an emergency card set up once they verify your info?

I have some friends in Nigeria willing to send you a check for $5,000 and you can keep half of it - just cash it and send them the other half in cash.

Sorry to hear about this, but seriously - that was pretty dumb.
Ditto.

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Old 12-21-2010, 11:34 PM
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I received an email on my Yahoo account yesterday claiming that Yahoo is verifying all accounts due to fraudulent registrations for new accounts. It wanted me to send them all my personal information to verify my account. Funny, I received it in my Yahoo spam folder.
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My partner is actually usually a pretty astute guy-maybe too trusting but not dumb. Western Union got him his $2k back so thankfully for him it ended ok. Lesson learned.
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[quote=shemstreet;3413583]Got a similar one on Thanksgiving, supposedly from my aunt. Interestingly, in her case they also took over her facebook account, so I was getting facebook messages about it as well. Actual person, not a bot, since the answers were tailored to my responses.

My wife had a Facebook message from a friend that she was in London and was robbed and needed money to purchase a return ticket home. She does travel for her business and it was possible for her to be in London. We didn't buy this for a second so we contacted a friend that she probably would have contacted first thinking this was BS. You guessed it BS it was, she had to change her Facebook settings after this.

Glad your partner got his 2K back.
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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
My partner is actually usually a pretty astute guy-maybe too trusting but not dumb. Western Union got him his $2k back so thankfully for him it ended ok. Lesson learned.
Your friend is very lucky!
2k loss is hard to swallow especially this time of year.
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Sorry to hear that, but that's hardly a NEW scam!
Incredible he got his money back!
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David Pogue has a column on that scam today. It's a hoot.
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