Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Part 2 on Check Scam..

Part 2 on the check scam...Yesterday, I filed a police report regarding the check I received. Long story short, the person who sent me the money was the same person trying to scam off of me on Craigslist. They wanted an item I was selling, but they "trusted" me and didn't want to see it in person. They said they were sending me a "check" over the amount that I was asking. I was to cash the check immediately upon receipt and pull out the "overage"and Western Union the "overage" to the movers (before they picked up my item). All of this was to happen very quickly so they can take the money and run before the check came back as fake. I would be responsible for paying back the $2600...and be OUT the money that I sent to the "movers". Which I also think is totally illegal and I would probably face charges. Whatever!

About a week and a half before I received the check, we figured out the person interested in our item was totally trying to scam us (however, we didn't know the two were connected). We reported them to Craigslist and emailed them back and said "We know you are a scammer...you have been reported". I thought that would be the end of it. The next couple of days they emailed back and told us they were sorry for the delay in payment but it was coming soon. I ignored it.

A week went by and I receive this CHECK...$2600! I really didn't put two and two together until after I spoke with the lady at the company listed on the check and she said they had been scamming people on Craigslist. After I posted about it last week, the madder I got.

I emailed the "scammers" back and was fishing for more information. I told them that I didn't care if it was a scam or not, I was really in need of the money and was willing to take my chances. I told them I had received and cashed the check that morning and was waiting for further instructions...(which totally wasn't true)

They emailed back. They had instructions that were to the letter. I was to Western Union the cash to an address in Norman, Oklahoma. They were adamant of me doing this QUICKLY! I, of course, knew why and told them that it was late on Friday afternoon and I wouldn't' be able to get to the bank until Monday morning. They didn't seem too happy and expressed it..."I am concerned for this item", "my wife is very concerned about this item". I emailed back and assured them that the "item" was theirs but they had to give me time to get to the bank.

I should have gone to the police department this weekend but just didn't get around to it. I didn't want to respond to the scammers until I either heard from the FBI online crimes unit or got direction from the PD. Anyway, I got an email that afternoon demanding the status because I was to get back with them on Monday morning. THEN, the dude CALLED me! He had gotten my cell number after I thought they were legitimately interested in the item. He actually called twice, but it was so noisy like a telemarketing company, that I hung up after I heard him say what his name was. It scared me. He was foreign and barely spoke English. I turned my phone off. Chicken. Ha.

I turned it back on and the dude left a message!!!! I was a little freaked out then. He demanded the status and at the end of the message he said, "and all praise goes to allah". Yikes. I went to the police station then, but they could really care less. I don't even think they are going to actually write up a report. The officer has my name, info and the check and copies of all my emails...but oh well. I haven't heard from the scammer dude today. I hope it is OVER WITH.

I think I bit off more than I could chew there...

3 comments:

shancrow said...

Yikes!!!

Just Jiff said...

Holy crap! I would be afraid of someone who has my cell number and ADDRESS. A bad check for that high of an amount is a felony.

The cops should DO something.

Mindee said...

Man.. you could've had them. Here is what you should do. Contact the police in Norman, let them in on what is going on. They should put up the "extra" money that you are supposed to send to them via western union. Then the account can be flagged, and when they go to pick it up... BAM. You got em.. You go Nancy Drew!!!! Keep us updated if you hear from the FBI.