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Old 07-07-2006, 10:13 AM
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http://www.1FGHP.com has become aware of an epidemic of a specific Fraud Scheme pointed specifically at Fishing Guides. Apparently there are several versions but all of the scams involve checks being sent to the guide after an Internet Booking. In some cases the people book 2 or 3 days and cancel at the last minute. They have either sent you a check or send you a check for more than the amount of the charter or guide trip. The check is a Cashiers Check and apparently good enough to fool Bank Officials in some places because they cash the check. They will tell you that their Travel Agent or Employee in the US will only issue one check or CAN issue only one check. The person asks you to send a refund with a personal check or in another manner. IF you send a check they have your bank information and can transfer money out of your account using banks in Africa that are less than scrupulous, apparently. ( One Version asks you to send it to Ghana.. Here is a copy of the instructions:////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Will hereby urge you to encash the payment at your bank,then you can deduct the full amount for my charters for the days requested by me from the the whole funds recieved and will like you to have my balance sent via western union to my travelling agent inorder to bookup i and my wife flight ticket to your location for our vacations..
Here's my travelling agent info to send my balance to via western union once you received it:

*Name: James Nelson
*State:Accra
*Zip Code:233
*Country: Ghana
*Text Question and Answer;Favourite Colour,,Blue
Also want you to note that Western Union will attracts charges for sending the funds to my traveling agent so please deduct the sending charges from my side and send the rest.
Once the funds are sent these are the following details you will have to provide to me inorder to have my travelling agent pick-up the funds from the western union point at his location and then he can bookup my flight tickets and the hotel resarvation for your location and then i can use the remaing to pay-off my son medical bills at the hospital before leaving to your end please:
*Control #[MTCN]
*Sender's Name & Address
*Total Amount Sent After Deducting Western Union Sending Charges
*Text Question
Will urge you to please have this done ASAP in other for me to have everything taking care of properly at my end before leaving for my vacations.
Thanks Alot,
Olivstraw.

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Beware any attempt by someone to book a trip via internet only. The emails I have seen came from English speaking countries but have bad spelling and grammar. Most obvious is the constant use or the word ( I ) using a small letter ( i ). Please be careful of these scams.

I have gotten several copies of the mail which have nitodafa@yahoo.com on them and the excuse that the travel agency will only issue one check.

I am more worried about guys booking days and losing them than cashing the checks, I think most would figure it out when the check arrives and is WAY to much for the trip.. However one guide took the check to his bank and they told him it was good. He cashed it but waited and sure enough the check bounced, and the bank came back to him for the money.
Losing 2 or 3 days of work due to a bogus booking is bad enough.
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Old 07-21-2006, 05:48 PM
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I have been scammed on the classified section also-they ask you to deduct the price of your product and wire the shipping company the balance-watch out!!!!
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Old 07-21-2006, 06:52 PM
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no offense...but if after you see "ghana" you still get scammed, you have it coming
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Old 07-22-2006, 08:01 AM
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cgrand - 7/21/2006 6:52 PM

no offense...but if after you see "ghana" you still get scammed, you have it coming
Chris, I agree, if a "normal" person can't see through THAT one, then you have it coming to ya......
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Old 07-22-2006, 08:14 AM
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About a year ago, I was selling a 1940 Buick Sport Coupe. I got an offer from a guy in England to buy the car and ship it overseas at a higher price than I was asking to cover shipping and other expenses. They Fedexed a certified check to me that was drawn on a bank in Texas. I took the check to my bank here in Florida and had them call the Texas bank to verify if funds were available. This certified check was a phony and had a ficticious account number on it. You can't be too careful these days. Jim
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Old 07-23-2006, 11:26 AM
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Spinfish, its true they tried to get me but this person was saying she was from Spain. She wanted to send $5000.00 to my account, wanted me to take out the amount for the trip, then she would have her associate pick up the balance. Ive got the Email address. I should give it to everybody so we can make he/she feel good about what they are doing. I'm sure we have some guys on this site that would like to give them a piece of their mind. You would have to do it without giving you own Email to them, I don't know if that is possible. Hope everybody is smart enough to keep away from this type of stuff. I wounder if their is a way to track the address back to where the person is or who the person is. I'm sure they have covered their tracks though. Thanks for the heads-up!
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Old 07-23-2006, 12:09 PM
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I just had one tried on me. A doctor, serving our country in the Gulf - stationed on a

Carrier, wanted to rent my beach house for 15 days. It was to be a wedding gift for a friend. He would only ask that upon reciept of the cashiers check, I would cash it and send the overage to his travel agent. etc. etc.

I found it odd that 1. he would give such a generous wedding gift $5,000
2. He did not name the Carrier.
3. Said communications were limited on the ship.
4. Had Nigerian sounding name....

anyway, they will get you if you let them.
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Old 07-23-2006, 12:37 PM
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The address was j.mary101@gmail.com if anyone would like to contact her. I'm sure they are local to the area that they target. Wish I could find out.
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Old 07-23-2006, 02:36 PM
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Well, another one just tried to book a charter with me. He was a "dog breeder" and from Spain also. Need to get the word out on these guys. He won't be happy with my reply.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:07 AM
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This is a pretty common scam with any online classified ad. I am an avid cyclist, and was sellng a bike on a popular website. I got so many fake emails that I ended up cancelling the ad. I even played along with one guy, and offered to meet him in person to sell the bike, of course promising to bring the MO for the balance due back to him. (Who would fall for accepting a check for $3000 more than I wanted for the bike?) When I informed him that the agreed upon address was for the local PD, I never heard from him again!
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