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Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by paulie_b, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. paulie_b

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    If anyone on FChat is selling any items please be aware of the following.
    I was approached by a reader of FChat in mid December who wanted to buy 2 pairs of Scuderia Shields that I had for sale. He claimed to be an "Auto Agent" from the U.K. He wanted to send me a cashiers check for the shields but it turned out that the check he sent me a fraudulent check. After depositing the check into my account I waited longer than usual to see if the check was good and that it cleared. I felt something was fishy. It turned out that the check was bogus! The envelope that the check was sent in was delivered to me by UPS. It was an international package from UPS but after I called UPS to check the tracking number I found out that the package originated from Lagos, Nigeria. He was supposed to be from the U.K. !
    Our correspondence was by email and also Sprint Relay. I never heard of Sprint relay until recently. The operator acts as an intermediary between the 2 parties on the line. Not sure why he used this method of phone call. I will call Sprint today and ask some questions. To make a long story short.......he is a thief.......and everyone should be aware of this scam.
    I did NOT send the shields.
    Please be aware of the following names for any emails:Austine Ashiedu, Brad Dennis and George Harris.
    I am going to keep rattling his tree. If others want to help, I will post his email address and we can ALL send his nasty notes.
     
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  3. JSinNOLA

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    Great heads up. I hope nobody gets duped!
     
  4. paulie_b

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    Thanks John. In a few days check back on this post. I hope everyone on FChat writes to this thief to help piss him off!
     
  5. greg512tr

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    Below is another scammer to watch out for. I purchased a 250 window crank from him that he listed on e-bay. He gave me excuses for months for not sending the part and now I havent heard from him. Sad how some people are.

    jimmarylu@hotmail.com
     
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    I believe Sprint Relay is for translation services, like the ATT global services.

    Since most Nigerian scams require them to get your bank account #, I wonder if the cashiers check was meant to get your bank account # as it is sometimes printed on the back when you deposit it.

    Do you have the bad check in your possession? If not, I would find out where it is and if any of your bank account information was compromised.

    It doesn't seem worth it to use an international courier envelope, telephone translation service, and fake cheque just to get some shields... More likely they were after a bigger prize.
     
  9. paulie_b

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    I have the bad check in my possesion. No banking info was given to them.
    **Any FChatters going on a hunting safari trip to Africa in the near future?
     
  10. 62 250 GTO

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    The relay service is for people with hearing problems. They type, then the operator talks to you, then type what you say for the "other person.
    I have been contacted 3 times by the relay service {different person each time} and have about 30 bogus people blocked from my email account for trying these types of things. Lucky for me the car is in storage downtown and not in my driveway... just incase these are local calls. :eek:
     
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    usually they also want you to refund them an amount between the check and the price of the product you are selling via wire. Normally it takes two to three weeks for the bank to tell you their check was bad - be careful
     
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  13. paulie_b

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    Tifosi is correct.
     
  14. Fastviper

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    every one of you that sells something and gets a cashiers ck, call whatever bank is on it first ask for the person at that branch they will tell you if it is real or not, Dont deposit it and wait its just a phone call to the bank.

    john
     
  15. branko

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    Great idea, Steven.
     
  16. enjoythemusic

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    John,

    The problem with calling the bank is, i received a fraudulent check that was drawn on a legitimate account. In other words, the scammers forged a check from a LEGIT account that indeed had the funds.

    Sorry to further spread harsh reality :(

    Enjoy the Drive,

    Steven R. Rochlin
     
  17. MS250

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    Thanks for the heads up guys !! Get this guy off the system, can we report it somehow? Let us know what else you find out.
     
  18. bert308

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    I can confirm this one. It is Jim Carpenter from the GTO conversions, known as "race308" on ebay. I ordered replica GTO mirrors from him and paid with paypal but never got them. I did a succesful recharge with my credit card company. AFTER that he dares to mail me that the glass for the mirrors had just came in and if I still wanted them. After 3 months of silence and not replying many mails from me!
     
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    Bert-Were you responding to my post that jimmarylu@hotmail.com is Jim Carpenter? If so do you have a contact phone number or does he have a business? I think he said he had a warehouse in Vegas or somewhere and that is where the part was...
     
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    Jim carpenter is in Arizona and he is a scammer. I bought a hood prop rod from him and he sent one to me that was taken out of a burned car. not even worth the postage (junk) i sent it back to him and never got my money back.
     
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    paulie_b you have a PM
     
  23. paulie_b

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    Skip, I responded back.
    Others.....the incident was reported to the FBI and then I was referd to the Secret Service. Both of the agencies were familiar with the process of this type of scam. Ultimately, there is nothing we, the U.S., can do. Per both agencies, " we do not have a relationship with Nigeria regarding matters like this". These guys are very slick and get to rip off alot of people using these tactics.
     
  24. J Nicks

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    Thanks for the heads up, we should all do this. Thanks again
     
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  26. paulie_b

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    I am not "politically correct", I just did not read the post last year. I wish I did. I will read your post today. Apparently this type of activity has been rampent for a while. We as individual U.S. citizens, as well as a country, do not have any recourse against Nigeria per the FBI and Secret Service agents I spoke to this week.
     
  27. paulie_b

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    anyone interested in sending this guy a nasty message?
    would love to have a few dozens FChatters join in to annoy this thief.
    what do you think? he deserves it.
     
  28. theunissenguido

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    The same story : I have some parts for Mondial to sell and a car for sale. There is someone willing to buy them, but with this story behind. He has a client in the UK who needs to pay this man 6,200 Euro. The parts cost him 2,000 Euro.He suggest me, his client in the UK sends me a cheque for 6,200 Euro, I'll keep 2,000 Euro for me (cost of the parts) and the rest I have to send him with Western Union to a name,address he will send me by E-mail. When I ask this man to give me his real name,address,phone or picture of his ferrari, he dont send it. Its looks like he is only interested to recieve the money (the rest of the amount).
    The man even called me at home. When I ask what year and model Ferrari he has, he couldn't answer me.

    Someone else is willing to buy a car from me ( 7,000 UK pounds), and its the similar story. Also sending a cheque with tomuch money (13,000 UK pounds) and the rest I have to send him by Western Union to a name he will send me on E-mail.
    So, in the future, deals with cheques and over-amount are out of the question.Thanks for your scam-storys....
    Greetings Guido
     

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