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Craigslist Scammer screwed a friend out of $1000

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by deankeen, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. deankeen

    deankeen BANNED BANNED

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    So someone I work with got scammed out of $1000 on CL. He unfortunately wired the money over to the scammer for an apartment. He has emails from the guy and his Western Union receipt. Is there any way any of you can think of to find more info about this guy? Doubtful, huh?


    More info about the scammer:
    http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&p=58071
     
  2. hawke

    hawke Power Member

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    um.... 99% of scams/ers can be avoided by using "Common Sense"

    Why would you western union money to someone for an apartment when you could Meet them and give it to them in person?

    Just Sayin'
     
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  3. ying-yang

    ying-yang BANNED BANNED

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    if it looks too good to be true , IT IS.

    OLDEST SCAM IN THE BOOK,
     
  4. deankeen

    deankeen BANNED BANNED

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    I understand that it's the oldest in the book and foolish, but does anyone care to help track this person down? Probably nearly impossible :/
     
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    Never ever send money by Wire transfer.Generally most of the wre transfers are scams.
     
  6. hawke

    hawke Power Member

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    Start In Nigeria.... That's most of these WU scams originate...
     
  7. hitman247

    hitman247 Executive VIP Premium Member

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    if your buddy completed that application in the URL you posted, he might want to contact the credit bureau to make sure no new accounts are opened.
     
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  8. other_henry

    other_henry Junior Member

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    Assuming you are in the US:

    If the wired money was picked up outside the US I think you can forget about it.

    If it was picked up in the US you can try filing a police report, that is a real long shot but you might get lucky.
     
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  9. deankeen

    deankeen BANNED BANNED

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    Thanks for your post... how would he contact the credit bureau?
     
  10. krzysiekz

    krzysiekz Senior Member

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    From my experience, when you do a WU transfer you also need to put in the receivers location (and city sometimes). And if when they go to pick it up, that destination does not match, they won't be allowed to pick it up.

    So from that, your friend (the sender) should already know where the receiver is because he would have needed to at least give him the correct country. So I am assuming that the guy who got the money is in the US, as surely your friend would not be dumber and send WU payment to someone over seas.

    We have now established (assuming your friend is all there) that the receiver is in the US.

    Did he check if the payment was actually picked up? If it was not picked up, you can call WU or go and pick up the payment yourself (you will need ID to show that you are the sender). He will lose out on the sending fee, but he will get the $1000 back. If the payment has been picked up, then it is too late to get the money back that way.

    Also, when you send with WU - you have his full name (he needs photo ID to pick up the payment). With that, can't you lodge a police report and print all your evidence and receipts etc to show that you were paying for an apartment, but then never got anything. If you actually have a REAL NAME of the person + evidence, police might be more inclined to help as you actually have a lead, otherwise I doubt they'll care.

    Hope your friend learns how to think next time, no offense.
     
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  11. keinehabe

    keinehabe Supreme Member

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    if I read there later the guy sent the money for an apartment for someone over sea I think I`ll close the computer for today and going to sleep =))
     
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