How a typical overpayment scam works

The following emails were sent to numerous people with diverse properties for sale and rental in diverse European countries and or share significant similarities with others of this sort.

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The "criminal cash back" scam is well known where goods advertised on the Internet are paid for with forged or counterfeit cheques and drafts that are made out to be over the advertised price, the victim paying excess back to the fraudster.


From: Jones Bill jonesbill14@ny.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 1:06 PM
Subject: TRASFER FUNDS TODAY.......................

Hello,
Thanks alot andam very greatful to hear from you that the cheque as been receive
also i want you to do me a thing, by you going to the Western Union Agent locate
to you now and Transfer the Remaning money to my Senior Secretary PETER STEPHENSON
for the arrangement today, so i have truted you alot about the sending of theremaning
money as soon as you receive the cheque..

So this is the Information where you have to Western Union the Funds today
as what we are in-need of..ok??

RECEIVER'S NAME.......PETER STEPHENSON
RECEIVER'S ADDRESS....VIA GALIZZI 39.25013.CARPENEDOLO
BRESCIA
ITALY
PHONE #...............009-393401478014

Hello,
   Thanks alot for the mail and understanding, so i have contact my
   about this apartment so they made me understand that it is okay
   with them also with the price. So the apartment will be needed
   for (4 Weeks) that the price is (  1000 For the 1 Month  ) ...
   One of them has responded very well when I showed him your advert.
   The apartment is for ( 2 Adults) and ( No Childrens) ..So the name of
   my 2 client is .. ( Allen Smith And Bill Jones )...for the month needed
   only...They are ready to send payment on time for none-disapointment and
   I will be adding my own profit to your own asking price and my profit
   will be sent back to me through Western-Union to my senior secretary
   (You are not paying for my commission, but my clients will do, but they
   will send it to you with your rental fee and then you will help send it
   back to me immediately you receive payment) If you are okay with every thing,
   Kindly forward yourcontact information as follows;
Full Name that will be on the Cheque.......................
Full Address that the Cheque will be send to .................
Zip Code ..........................
Country..............
Phone Number ..............
Fax and Tel ........
As soon as i receive your contact details, I assured you that the check payment
will get to you in 5 working days. So please confirm this for me to forward to
him so that the payment will get to you on time and i want you to reserve the
apartment for them....
Thanks and Regards.
Ken Bill...
P.S Please get back to me as soon as posible. So my client will forward you a cheque for ( 5,000.00 ) so as soon as you have it your deduct your amount and send the rest back to me as my commision via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER. If you are okay plz get back to me with all contact details so that the cheque can be send to your location...

CLUE: Transfers by Western Union are irretractable
Hello,
      thanks for your reply, i am okay with the price and the condition given by you but i
      want you to konw that i will send you the payment as soon as possible before my arrival.
I will send you the sum of 3500pounds you will deduct your 850pounds and the deposit money which
is 250pounds and you will send me the balance of 2400pounds that will carter for my fligth money
if you are okayn with this i will like you to send me all information where the money will go which
in clude your
NAMES TO BE ON THE CHEQUE
ADDRESS
PHONE NUMBER
COUNTRY
ZIP CODE
STATE.
Thanks


GUESS WHAT? You end up 2400 out of pocket. OUCH!
>From: Dr Thompson Lukeman 
>Subject: PAYMENT INFORMATIN URGENTLY NEEDED
>Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 20:52:52 +0000 (GMT)
>
>
>Thanks for your reply and assistance so far .We just finished our meeting and concluded that we make the reservation now. We also concluded that all the payment should be made at once
>Am glad to tell you that we have concluded payment with the delegates.
>
>However, a Certified Bank Cheque of 6,910 euro was earlier made out by the Christian organization,
>for a home whose services were not up to the standard of what your home is offering to us now.
>Which was meant for the accommodation, provision for car hiring and other necessary arrangement.
>
>I have now been instructed to send you the check, which will cover the cost of accommodation and all the necessary arrangement for the delegates.
>Moreover, we also made an arrangement with a pre paid car hiring firm who will supply the delegates
>with cars they will use during their stay.
>
>So you are required to deduct the cost of your services 1,790 euro and send the balance of 5.120euro to the car hiring agent whose information will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.
>So confirm this and provide me with your (1) YOUR FULL NAME (2) ADDRESS (3) PHONE NUMBERS, for payment to be delivered to
>you via courier.
>
>Please remember that the integrity of our agency is involved, so this business requires prompt response.
>I also hope the stay of the delegates will be made comfortable.
>Kind Regards,
>Dr Thompson Lukeman
>Brighthall Agency,London.
>120 Burnt Ash Rd,
>lee,London SE12 8RA
>TEL  4470401140161

This address checks out to a sweet shop and flats over in south London. However, this address will have been obtained from personal details given by some victim to the scammers on another scam . . . and they are really based in West Africa.


Another follow-up
Good day,
Thanks for your detailed reply.
I am happy to hear you can accomodate us and we have
choosen your apartment as our accomodation venue for the summit. My clients will want
to know the total cost for the apartment . the reservation will start by 1st June 2005.
The group consists of ten (10) persons.
Get back to me with good details.


----- Original Message -----
From: john faraday
Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2005 4:01 PM
Subject: apartment needed

Hello,
this is mr john from belgium i am coming for an holiday in your state
and i want to rent your apartment for 1 week how much will it cost me
and the present condition of the apartment


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Client wrote:
Dear John,
Please give dates required, and airports of departure and arrival.


----- Original Message -----
From: john faraday
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 9:42 PM
Subject: Re: apartment needed

Hello,
 Thanks for your mail, i will be coming on 25 march 2005 and i will like to know
 the total bills for a week and i will like to pay you now and if you are through
 please i  will like you to send me your full contact information and the last price
thanks.


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Client wrote:

Dear John,
25 march is Friday. I only do Saturday/ Saturday.
Can do  Saturday 26 march to Saturday 2nd April.
The apartment is new, used for 5 months only.
Rentall is 450.00 for the one week you need.This is inclusive price.
I take small deposit 10% by bank draught and balance on arrival.
Before I take a booking I need to know party size and make up.
This for your comfort, and suitability of my accomodation.
Also I need airports of departure and arrival.
Ken



----- Original Message -----
From: john faraday
Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 9:35 PM
Subject: information needed

Hello,
thanks for your reply, i am okay with the price and the condition
given by you but i want you to konw that i will send you the payment
as soon as possible before my arrival.

I will send you the sum of 3500pounds you will deduct your 850pounds
and the deposit money which is 250pounds and you will send me the balance
of 2400pounds that will carter for my fligth money if you are okayn with
this i will like you to send me all information where the money will go
which in clude your
NAMES TO BE ON THE CHEQUE
ADDRESS
PHONE NUMBER
COUNTRY
ZIP CODE
STATE.
Thanks




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-----Original Message----- From: bethany cole bethanycole@fastermail.com Sent: Monday, May 16, 2005 5:44 AM Subject: RE: $520 - Furnished Room for Summer/Fall Sublet--Close to ASU and MCC (Te hello, i am glad to read from you. i am also happy to hear that the apartment is still available for rent. i will take it for 3 months. i would have loved to come see the apartment but i am presently in ontario, canada for an arts exhibition. i am 24 yr old american by birth, catholic by faith and an artist by proffesion. i will be coming as oon as i have settled the payment. i guess that will make a total of $1560 for the 3 months rent or are thre other payments to be made? i will be signing the necessary papers on my arrival. send your name, address and phone number so that i can send you the payment asap. i have lready sent payment for an apartment but it was let out befre my payment got there and i would no want this to happen again. i will be looking foward to reading from you again soon. have a great day!. bethany cole. ----- Original Message ----- To: "'bethany cole'" bethanycole@fastermail.com Subject: RE: $520 - Furnished Room for Summer/Fall Sublet--Close to ASU and MCC (Te Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 09:20:14 -0700 > > Hi Bethany--the room will be opening up on May 22nd. Does that work for you? > It is a room in our home, so you can share all our facilities from the > kitchen and all the cooking appliances, to the TV (with cable) and the > swimming pool, laundry machines and all that. > > So tell me some more about you. Are you a student? Where are you from? > > If you are in town already, we can arrange a time to meet. Just let me know. > > > Take care, > -----Original Message----- > From: bethany cole bethanycole@fastermail.com > Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 2:43 AM > Subject: $520 - Furnished Room for Summer/Fall Sublet--Close to ASU and MCC > (Te > > hello, > i am interested in renting this apartment. i will be taking it for > three months. i am also in agreement on your offer of $520/monthly. what > faccilities does it have? does it have parking too? pls let me know if it is > still available and i i can move in immediately after payment. i will be > looking foward to reading from you soon. > > > thanks. > bethany cole. > > > -- > _______________________________________________ > Get your free email from http://fastermail.com > > Powered by Outblaze -- _______________________________________________ Get your free email from http://fastermail.com Powered by Outblaze hello,
i am glad to read from you. i am also happy to hear that the apartment is still available for rent. i will take it for 3 months. i would have loved to come see the apartment but i am presently in ontario, canada for an arts exhibition. i am 24 yr old american by birth, catholic by faith and an artist by proffesion. i will be coming as oon as i have settled the payment. i guess that will make a total of $1560 for the 3 months rent or are thre other payments to be made? i will be signing the necessary papers on my arrival. send your name, address and phone number so that i can send you the payment asap. i have lready sent payment for an apartment but it was let out befre my payment got there and i would no want this to happen again. i will be looking foward to reading from you again soon. have a great day!.


bethany cole.



dear

 
i am sorry for not replying your mails sooner. it was due to my busy schedule. i am still interested in the apartment as i have instructed that the payment should be sent to you. i have also made arrangement with my shipper to deliver my car and few of my personal things ahead of my arrival this weekend. pls notify me immediately you recieve the payment. i will be in touch with you later today. have a wonderfuil day. looking foward to meetying you soon.

bethany cole.



hello,



  
sorry for not getting back to you sooner. i have been busy putting finishing touches to my art work that will be going on display in phoenix, next week. i will be coming there to participate in the anual exhibition for arts photography. i would have called earlier but the telephone here in my room is not working but i will make sure that i go out and call you probably from a pay phone.

i have been notified that you will be getting the payment tommorow morning via fedex. pls notify me immediately you recieve it. he also confirmed to me that he sent you the amount of $4600 being the total amount owed me for my deposit with him. pls confirm this immediately you recieve the payment.

upon recieving it, you will cash it and deduct the $1560 that we agreed upin for the apartment. the remainder of $3040 should be sent to my shipper through money gram. deduct the transfer charges from the amount you will be sending to him.

i have concluded arrangement for my arrival this weekend as my shipper has promised me propmt delivery immediately he recieves the funds. i will appreciate it if you will pick me up at the airport. i will send you my flight schedule immediately i confirm my flight. can we have lunch together when i arrive? i will be glad if you can. looking foward to meeting you soon.





bethany cole.



dear kat,


thank you for your e mail. i am delighted to read from you again. my client that sent you the payment told me that he got your postal code wrond as the payment was returned back to him a wrong address. i have given him the correct address and he has resent it through fedex. he assures me that you should be getting it on friday.

i will be arriving this weekend. the telephone here in my room is not working but i will go out and try call you from a pay phone. have a great day!


bethany cole.



hello

      
i have just finished speaking with my shipper and he has assured me of my delivery this weekend ahead of my arrival. he is aking for directions on how to get to the partment from the airport. you can reach him directly on his email freight2000@canada.com he will be glad to read from you. pls notify me immediately you recieve the payment. looking foward to readng from you soon. bethany cole. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bethany, After talking with you a couple times, I still do not know anything about you. I think you are misunderstanding the situation. This is our home--not a hotel, or motel.. You don't just pay for a room, get the key and get to stay here. Before you move in we have got to make sure that you are compatible with both me and my husband. We usually rent to students and meet with these students a couple times before we agree to let them live with us. In these meetings we get to know them and make sure that they are people we can trust and get along with. When you live with us, you share our home...you will be a guest in our house and will share everything from our TV and our couch to our refrigerator and microwave. We don t do this to make money, we do this to get to know people and help them get to know the area.

I absolutely cannot rent the room to you without references and knowing more about you. I haven t even had a decent conversation with you. All, I know is that you are an artist, and that you are doing a exhibit in Phoenix for a week&but what are you doing for the rest of the three months? Both my husband and I feel very uncomfortable with this situation. I have no proof of who you are or what kind of person you are. Without that, I cannot let you live in our home. No offense, but for all I know you could be a serial killer or some kind of whacko. Also, I tried to google your name to see if I could find out anything about your work (art) and I didn t find anything. I would like to know the name of the gallery that you are exhibiting your work in and who it is that you are working with. If someone is going to live with us, we need to know more about them.

I know that you have already arranged to have your car shipped here, and you may pick it up here when you arrive on Sunday. However, you will need to find a hotel room for Sunday night. We can meet for lunch on Sunday, but if we are not comfortable with you living with us, you should have a back up place to stay.

It is also not my responsibility to have to run around town getting money grams to pay your shipper and such. Also, my husband doesn't feel comfortable handling financial transactions for someone we don't know especially one that big. You can deal with paying the shipper yourself. That is not my responsibility. You will need to call them and make other arrangements. I tried to email him but have not received any response. Tell them that you can pay them on Sunday if you wish, but I am not going to handle any of those transactions.

Right off the bat, my husband has a bad feeling about all of this. This is becoming an uncomfortable situation for us, so I would suggest finding another place to stay. I just received the FED EX envelope, but have not opened it. You can take care of that on Sunday too.

I have another student who is interested in renting the room, and who would stay for a longer period of time. I have also had a chance to interview this person and I know twice as much about them as I do about you.

If you would like to call and talk to me for more than 2 minutes, and can provide me with at least 3 solid references of people who have known you for at least 4 years-- A landlord, a boss, someone with creditability. And let me know where exactly you are going to be working and a little bit more about yourself -- then I will still consider renting the room to you. But if this doesn t happen today, then I must go ahead and rent the room out to someone else. Either way, you might want to look into finding another place to stay. I cannot make any promises at this point. I was willing to try and work with you on this, but this is making me feel very uncomfortable I hope you understand.


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