[ROVERNET - UK] Scammers,Counterfeit cashier's checks,et al

Andrew H. Litkowiak andylit at runbox.com
Thu Sep 2 02:48:34 BST 2004

Here is my stock reply to the scammers who email me:

Dear [insert name here],

Please remit 10% deposit at once via Paypal. The car is very rare and I have 
received several offers from European buyers. The first person to remit the 
deposit will be the owner of the car. Upon receipt, I will mark the car as "Sale 
Pending" and decline other offers for a period of 5 business days.

After that period, if the balance has not been received, the car will become 
available again and the deposit will be forfeit.


Peter Huttemeier wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Sep 2004 00:30:06 -0400, you wrote:
>>I advertise  parts on several Classic car sites, Trying to resolve 30 years
>>of CompulsiveHoarding, in my British Car business. Since my Email address
>>is  available to the world, I deal daily with people trying to defraud me.
>>Some tips; Delete as unread anything from Nigeria. Fraud is a  major
> I asked our member for a bit more info and it seems the scam was very
> transparent. He had a business partner "a third party" who was to send
> a US Cashiers Cheque.  The cheque was for more than the agreed price
> and he wanted the seller to take out money and forward the balance via
> western union to the shipper in the UK. He then asked the seller to
> forward some money to get the ball rolling in terms of the shipping
> because it is a long process while the cheque was clearing and of
> course, the cheque would bounce and he would end up with the money. I
> think our member was a relative "Net Newbie" and had not been exposed
> to many of these before.
> So, really just another variation on the already existing schemes out
> there such as Nigerian (and its derivatives) and the various Bank
> ones.
> The moral is just to be careful and be aware of the obvious.
> Cheers,
> Peter H
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