Last Week of Reported Scams

Scams reported to us by our users over the last week:

Summary of the Scam: Here’s an “Oliver Donovan” one that just showed up on the KSL classifieds web-site. I’m familier with these on-line scams, so I just forwarded the e-mail to KSL to report it to them. See the e-mail he sent me below – the classic “PayPal scam’.
Scammer’s Name: Oliver Donovan (he apparently has a number of Aliases as well).
Scammer’s Email: olexxxy@gmail.com
Scammer’s Correspondence: Hello, if this is still available, I am ready to buy it now, And due the nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. i would be glad to pay for it as soon as  possible thought will not be available to come for an inspection due to my tight schedule. Kindly get back to me with the following questions below:
1) Are you the Owner?
2) Pick up Location?
3) Your PayPal Email ID to effect the payment
4) what is The final Price
5) is there any other issues with the item not mentioned on site?
6) kindly remove the post from the site i would be glad to make the
payment immediately via PayPal, so kindly get back to me with your
PayPal ID.
You need not to worry yourself about title transfer and pickup,i will
instruct the carrier company to handle that therefore in order to
complete the transaction do get back to me with your PayPal ID and
total cost so that I can make the payment asap. I will be waiting for
your reply,thanks…… Oliver

Your Summary of the Scam: A couple won the lottery in Canada and have chosen my name to give me 2 million dollars for me help people less fortunate .
Scammer’s Name: Malvin Audrey knight
Scammer’s Email: Audreygillmmk@hotmail.co.uk

Origin of the Scam: Gumtree
Your Summary of the Scam: Asked about my ad on gumtree, what was my lowest price to respond via email.
I did with a reduced price. Was sent back 4 questions and an explanation of working offshore on oil rig !
1 why I was selling it
2 did I have the original box ( it’s a ring )
3 present condition
4 can it be paid via paypal
I answered back, explaining Qs 1,2 and 3, as for 4 I said I did have a paypal account but didn’t give the account email, and said that once payment had cleared in PayPal and then I transferred it into my personal bank account, I would then send the ring.
Haven’t heard back and doubt I will, glad I googled the phone number and found this cause it’s the same one. I hope you get found out !
Scammer’s Name: Judah Jacobsen
Scammer’s Email: mumycrew.klose@gmail.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: 0416907558
Scammer’s Correspondence: On 20 Nov 2013, at 5:08 pm, “Judah Jacobson” wrote:
Thanks for your reply and am glad to know that it is still available for sale.However i have few questions on the item you are selling.
1,I would like to know the reason why you are selling it?
2,Do you have the original box for it?
3,what is the present condition of the item and is it ok to be a gift?
4,Do you mind if i pay you through paypal though i would be willing to add an extra dollars to cover the shipping because am not local at the moment i am out of town on a rig offshore and i would like to purchase this item as a gift for someone very special to me at overseas.
If you do not have a PayPal account, you can do so by going to www.PayPal.com.au and set up your account it is free,easy and guarantees transaction safety.Once you send me your paypal email account, I will send you the payment for your item as well as $90 to cover shipping via Express Mail Service.
I would be glad if my request is favorably considered.
Thanks

Origin of the Scam: Mobile Phone Text
Your Summary of the Scam: Received text then email from Watson but we sent money fair bit what do we do now
Scammer’s Name: John graham. Richard Watson. Sir Brian Parker
Scammer’s Email: Logisticsworldwide-express11@adexce.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: +447404338027
Scammer’s Correspondence: Have heaps what do we do we have paid out money to them don’t want this on this site my email add is cchrisp1@ bigpond.com

Origin of the Scam: Mobile Phone Text
Your Summary of the Scam: Received text then email from Watson but we sent money fair bit what do we do now
Scammer’s Name: John graham. Richard Watson. Sir Brian Parker
Scammer’s Email: Logisticsworldwide-express11@adexce.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: +447404338027
Scammer’s Correspondence: Have heaps what do we do we have paid out money to them don’t want this on this site my email add is cchrisp1@ bigpond.com

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: Stating that they are a 59 year old woman dying of colorectal cancer, they say they will give me 12 million pounds to donate among charities
Scammer’s Name: Mrs. Laylah Jordan
Scammer’s Email: ensino@cfo.org.br

Scammers Tel. Nr: n/a
Scammer’s Web site: n/a
Scammer’s Correspondence: I am Mrs. Laylah Jordan, a 59 years old widow diagnosed of  colorectal cancer, I am donating the sum of 12million pounds to you to
be distributed for charity purpose. For more details Please kindly get
back across to my Attorney via personal email:
thomasfreemanchambers01@gmail.com

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: FIFA World Cup, Coca-cola saying a won 1,00,000.00 British pounds through a randomly selected email raffle. I responded to the email address give to me to contact Mr. Steve Scott. I did not give any information but merely asked for details regarding “my winnings”. I have not yet heard back but have no doubt this is a scam.
Scammer’s Name: Coca-Cola/ FIFA World Cup 2014
Scammer’s Email: webcd121@outlook.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: +44 7035958517
Scammer’s Correspondence: You are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in London and send your winning details to him;
(CONTACT CLAIM AGENT) NAME: MR. STEVE SCOTT
E-mail: ukcokescott1@mail2scott.comTel: +44 7035958517/+44 703 174 3597
You are advised to send the following information to your agent to facilitate the release of your winning fund to you.
(1) NAME:……………………………….
(2) AGE:………………………………….
(3) SEX:………………………………… .
(4) ADDRESS:…………………………
(5) EMAIL:………………………………
(6) PHONE:…………………………….
(7) OCCUPATION:…………………..
(8) COMPANY…………………….
(9) STATE/CITY:…………………….
(10)COUNTRY:…………………………..
(11) NATIONALITY:……………………
(12)TICKET / BALLOT NUMBER:………
(13)AMOUNT WON: ………………
Congratulations Once again!!.
Yours in service
Mrs. Linda Dominic.

Origin of the Scam: Google / Google Ads
Your Summary of the Scam: Hi there,
I have just been contacted by my real estate agent in Detroit. She said she has found that my Email address is registered with evilthirdparty.com and I should contact you to have it removed. I am not aware of how this has happened or had any involvement or been the victim of any scams to my knowledge but if my email address is so listed please could I be removed from your database. Many thanks, Alex Joyce
Scammer’s Name: Alex (not a scammer)
Scammer’s Email: Alexcjoyce87@gmail.com

Origin of the Scam: Craigslist
Your Summary of the Scam: Car scammer, craigslist scammer, is very aggressive and abusive over the phone
Scammer’s Name: brad clark moore
Scammer’s Email: brad.clark.moore@gmail.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: 402-699-4796

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: You can check people on thailovelinks.com almost thai people are victim .
Scammer’s Name: David ortegan
Scammer’s Email: david_ort45@hotmail.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: 805 769 2247
Scammer’s Web site: Thailovelinks.com
Scammer’s Correspondence: Terrible

Origin of the Scam: Mobile Phone Text
Your Summary of the Scam: got a sms on the mobil phone: congrat ! your mobile number was selected as a winner of E2,000000.00 with winning no 101231-13 on FREE LOTTO. Email: frelott9@gmail.com for claims. The phone number from the sender is: +447714801402.
Scammer’s Name: frelott
Scammer’s Email: frelott9@gmail.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: +447714801402
Scammer’s Correspondence: got a sms on the mobil phone: congrat ! your mobile number was selected as a winner of E2,000000.00 with winning no 101231-13 on FREE LOTTO. Email: frelott9@gmail.com for claims. The phone number from the sender is: +447714801402

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: scam involving spying on Walmart’s Western Union and other money gram services, for payment.
When hit reply email is sent to
Walmart@andresmachineservice.com

Scammer’s Name: Christine Stewart
Scammer’s Email: ChristineStewart@apache.att.net

Origin of the Scam: Google / Google Ads
Your Summary of the Scam: Nokia claim department Glynn Burger
Scammer’s Name: Glynn Burger
Scammer’s Email: Nokia claim department@gmail.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: 07838533163

Origin of the Scam: Craigslist
Your Summary of the Scam: She is “selling” a 2003 Toyota Tacoma on the Richmond, Virginia Craigslist. States she lost her husband and 19 year old child when they were hit by a drunk driver in her first email. In her reply to me she then sends more pictures and states she is in Philadelphia with her parents and requests information for the purchase through eBay.
Scammer’s Name: Barbara Keipper
Scammer’s Email: barbarakeipper76@gmail.com

Scammer’s Correspondence: FIRST EMAIL:
The car is in perfect shape, never been smoked in, without scratches nor dents, and it has never been involved in any kind of accidents. I legally own, free of any liens or loans,under my name. It has 166,000 miles, for sale at $1877. I’m selling the car because I lost my husband and my child of only 19 years, with 2 months ago in a car accident. A drunk truck driver hit them. They were in my husband’s car and they didn’t had a chance. This was my child’s car and brings me a lot of memories that make me suffer and this is the reason for what I want to sell it as soon as possible. If you have any other questions, or need more info, please free to ask.
SECOND EMAIL:
As I told you in my first email, I recently lost my son and my husband. Currently I am located in Philadelphia, PA at my parents because they are the only persons that I have in my life at this moment. I’m very busy with my job and I’m left out of the town so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car over the internet. I’m currently, signed up for a protection program offered by eBay and I would like to close the deal through them. If you are not aware of this program you should know that it will allow you to test drive and inspect the car before paying me. You will have a 5-day inspection period to decide whether you want to keep the car or not before they release the funds to me. eBay is safe. If you agree with eBay’s terms and conditions I need the following details from you: full name, address, and phone# and I will initiate the transaction. eBay will contact you shortly after they have the details with all the information that you need to complete this deal. Sorry for the long emails I have tried to touch all bases.
You have more pics of the car in attach
Blessings,
Barbara

Your Summary of the Scam: FIFA WORLD CUP PROMOTION
Scammer’s Name: ISHTIYAQUE AHMAD
Scammer’s Email: ERIC@CLAIMSAGENT.NET

Scammers Tel. Nr: +27739499097
Scammer’s Web site: 14.Phil.D

Origin of the Scam: Mobile Phone Text
Your Summary of the Scam: Have a caravan for sale on Gumtree and have been approached by text asking if the caravan is still for sale and to reply to an email address. The first one this week was Mary Cole, replied and was told they would pay the price asked but could see it as they were working on a rig offshore and would put money into Paypal account but needed us to pay the agent, who was picking up van, we were to send $950 to agent’s head office in Beigin by Western Union and send receipt details to Paypal so the money could be released to our bank account. We informed them we would need money up front before we sent money to agent as we now suspected it was a scam. They kept insisting we would be paid by Palpay as they had put the money plus extra into our account, we kept telling them we wanted the money in our bank first. We then received “Legal Action” email from PayPal which was a good copy but a fake. We rang PayPal and they told us it was the Western Union Scam and were glad we didn’t lose any money as many people have.
One hour ago we received a text from Lisa Patrick the same format as Mary Cole, which we just deleted after googling “Lisa Patrick Scammer” and found this website.
Scammer’s Name: Mary Cole
Scammer’s Email: Marycol12@live.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: 0428 465 117
Scammer’s Correspondence: Hello mate,I have just made the payments now and i expect paypal to have emailed by now,check your paypal email address(inbox or spam mail) if you have been messaged yet, i sent $12,050.00 in all including the paypal charges, paypal said they would be holding the funds because of the excess payments of $950 added meant for pick up commission fee and due to the fact that i emailed them about the excess payment i made, until they get the western union information from you,this is being delivered to my son in NZ, i will need you to send the $950 to my pick up agent Headquarters via western union money transfer(this can be done first thing tomorrow morning from the post office, as they usually have a western union agent there) or do it via western union online , i added extra $100 to cover the western union charges which shouldn’t be more that $20-10 but just to be sure i added $100, Here is my pick up agent Headquarter info needed to get the money sent through western union money transfer:
Name..Shuojia Zhang
chaoyang beihai difang,
Beijing, 100024
Beijing China.
Please kindly email the necessary details to paypal :the mtcn which you will be given at the western union after the $950 has been sent as well as the sender’s name and address used to send the money through western union, so that i can forward it to paypal or better still you can email it to paypal directly,that is fine with me as well for the money i sent to be credited into your account after they might have receive the information they needed to release the whole money in your account. I will need your address where it will be picked up,and my pickup agent will contact you after they have received the payments in order to book a time for the pick up to be done.
Cheers!!
Mary

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: Andreea is a scammer from Galati Romania. She goes under the name ‘dpissi’ and currently ‘PissiDee’ on Russian Cupid.com. she falls in love with you and claims her mother and her are not working and need money for rent and living expenses. i was scammed around 1000 euros and a smart phone. She has an email d.pissi89@yahoo.com

Scammer’s Name: Andreea Teodora Prejmereanu
Scammer’s Email: d.pissi89@yahoo.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: 40733478728 and 40721995762

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: Claims his is wealthy of 8.5 million and thwart his family was killed in an auto accident couple of years ago. Now he is in the hospital with cancer and wants to donate his millions to charity but that you can half for yourself if you make sure the charity groups, which he list about 10 of them. He claims that he is British.
Scammer’s Email: barryjones@qq.com

Scammer’s Correspondence: Claims his is wealthy of 8.5 million and thwart his family was killed in an auto accident couple of years ago. Now he is in the hospital with cancer and wants to donate his millions to charity but that you can half for yourself if you make sure the charity groups, which he list about 10 of them. He claims that he is British.

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: i received an email stating that won “£1,800,000.00 GBP (One Million eight Hundred Thousand British Pound Sterling)” however i am “required to pay for the documents handling, delivery and administrative fees (Charges) of £785.00 (Seven Hundred and eighty five British Pound Sterling) equivalent to $1,231.71 USD. to enable us process your payment. We are not able to deduct such fees from the prize won due to the insurance policy attached to it.”
Scammer’s Name: Mr. Mohale,
Scammer’s Email: forexpayments@safrica.com ggg@ddooks.net

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: YOUR E-ADDRESS WON VIEW ATTACHED FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION PRIZE OF (£2,000,000)
FROM BRAZIL 2014 WORLD CUP [bbrazilworldcup2014@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:14 AM
Attachments:
WELCOME TO 2014 FIFA WORLD~1.doc‎ (387 KB‎)[Open as Web Page]

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: scammed $2750 AUD for rental accomadation on Gold Coast
Scammer’s Name: paul mortav
Scammer’s Email: sunnyqldrentals@live.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: +61 488850117

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: Proceed to make booking on STAYZ when directed to contact sunnyqldrentals. Asked to complete booking form and confirm payment via Western Union Money Transfer. Once money is transferred, there is no confirmation, no receipt and no contact.
Scammer’s Name: Paul Mortav
Scammer’s Email: sunnyqldrentals@live.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: 0488850117
Scammer’s Correspondence: Hi,
Please find attached the booking sheet. To make the reservation please sign it, scan it and email it back with the confirmation of payment.
We look forward to welcome you in Chevron Island.
Thank you
Paul
Hi,
It is Chevron Oasis http://www.rent-a-home.com.au/accommodation/qld/gold-coast/chevron-island/46600
It has 5 bds. The 6th is a living room.
The total for 8 Nov 2013 – 14 2013 (6 nights) is $2360.
Thank you
Paul

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: Lottery ($2,820,551.53 USD), plus 2 tickets
Scammer’s Name: Mrs. Amanda Van Niekerk,
Scammer’s Email: smohale@accountant.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: 0027-83-883-5750
Scammer’s Web site: prizecollectionsclaims@collector.org

Scammer’s Correspondence: From: smohale@accountant.com Microsoft SmartScreen classified this message as junk.
Sent: Thu 10/10/13 5:49 AM
To: tracy6666@live.com
Microsoft SmartScreen marked this message as junk and we’ll delete it after ten days.
Wait, it’s safe!
Dear Email User,
We wish to inform you that your email address was generated during the announcement of the Brazil 2014 world cup kick-off days and times for the world cup finals in Brazil and won £1,800,000.00 GBP (One Million eight Hundred Thousand British Pound Sterling) Equivalent to ($2,820,551.53 USD), plus 2 tickets to watch the opening match to take place in Sao Paulo on June 12 at 5pm local time and the final, on July 13, at the iconic Maracana stadium (in Rio de Janeiro), at 4pm local time. The notification was send to you because your email address is active online and your reference number is Braz1894ESA. (No Ticket Were Sold), this was in conjunction with the South African LOC Team (Local Organizing Committee) FIFA2010 and Brazilian LOC (Local Organizing Committee) Team FIFA2014.Please note that your Ref: numbers falls within our Afro booklet representative office in Johannesburg South Africa as indicated in the verification data, since the last FIFA2010 world cup was held in South Africa.
Contact Mr. Mohale (Tel: 0027-83-883-5750 and email your info to this email :( prizecollectionsclaims@collector.org)for your claim with the info below.
Full Names:
City:
Country:
Cell no:
Age:
Sex:
Email:
Reference Number:Braz1894ESA
Regards,
Mrs. Amanda Van Niekerk,
FIFA2014 Games Loc Team??
Online Promotions Coordinator???????
This Brought to by FIFA and Its Official Partners
Adidas, Coca-cola, Hyundai, Kia Motors, Emirates, Sony and VISA
superbet
888sport

Origin of the Scam: Other
Your Summary of the Scam: An inquiry was made to the the owner of rental property via homeaway.com. The scammer has intercepted the email and responded to the inquiry. Inquirer notified owner of the other response to seek clarification
Scammer’s Name: Unknown
Scammer’s Email: evolvevacationrental@gmail.com

Scammers Tel. Nr: Unknown
Scammer’s Web site: Unknown
Scammer’s Correspondence: From: Vacation Rental
Subject: Re: Enquiry from Anene Lamb – Dec 29 to Jan 5 – Listing #3500179 “Villa Mimpi Indah – Dreamy Lush Paradise”
Date: 9 October 2013 22:30:40 GMT+08:00
To: Anene Lamb
Hi Anene,
We haven’t heard back from you regarding your interest in our property
If there is anything that I can accommodate you with to help you make a reservation, please let me know.
Thank you.

Online Dating Scams

Setting up an online dating profile with a picture of yourself from 10 years ago is not being as honest as you could be, sure, but it’s not really a scam either. The only person you’re disappointing is your long lost potential mate (“hey you weren’t bald in your picture!”) and at the end of the day you’re not out there trying to con honest folks out of a buck, or two hundred.

In this post, we highlight the details of scammers that are exploiting the online dating scene to lure unsuspecting victims. Two scams are fairly popular:

  1. Scammers use fake profiles to lure victims into signing up at online dating sites via affiliate links. The scam here is that there never was anybody interested in the poor fellow who signed up. Scammers monetize in the form of a commission payout to the scammer from the online dating site. Dating sites usually prohibit this kind of activity, you may be able to get the scammer in trouble by reporting how you were scammed directly to the site in question.
  2. Scammers set up profiles pretending to be interested in long term relationships but ultimately they just want your money. They will come up with the most elaborate stories of how much they love you and want to be with you, sometimes taking weeks to build up to the scam.

Note that the veteran scammers in the online dating scam space never ask you for money directly. That would surely raise a red flag, don’t ever do this in the online dating arena (it’s a scam for sure!). Instead they either wait for you to offer (upon sharing one of their sob stories with you) or will ask you for an item to help them with something, this could be anything, including:

  • I need a plane ticket to go to my mother’s funeral
  • I don’t have a wheelchair for my child
  • I was in an accident and my car no longer works so I can’t support my children

It’s a sad state of affairs, for some people really are going through these nightmares, but that’s exactly what the scammers are counting on. Some may go so far as to lure you into a foreign country, after which you’re going to be extorted in a number of ways by “relatives” of the scammers.

If you’re dealing with anyone in the details below, walk away now and save yourself any further heartache and empty wallet woes.

Already been bitten? Report the scam or share your experience in a comment below.

Craigslist Scams

We know of two popular scams for which Craigslist serves as a conduit:

  • Employment Scams. Scammer will post a job listing and try to recruit you for some simple form of employment, could be for a financial assistant (paying bills) or a mystery shopper (going shopping). When the scammer pays you it will be by check and it will be for an amount greater than for which you were owed. He will then ask you to wire the balance to other people. The scam here is that the check he sends you is either stolen money (he is laundering it through you) or it is fake. In the former case you could be guilty of money laundering and in the latter you lose your hard earned cash. Either way, you lose!
  • Valuable Item Scams. For an item you list on Craigslist (typically cars or items of similar high value), a scammer will try to pay you using a fake check or falsified paypal email. Initial contact will be via text, then later switch over to email. There are several potential variations of the scam from this point onwards: (1) scammer agrees to pay full price but asks you to help with shipping, he will then falsify emails from a trusted third party with instructions on where to wire the shipping/courier fee (2) scammer sends a courier to pick up the goods before the check has been cashed properly (bank clears it) or you actually get the funds deposited in Paypal, either way you let him have your item without having been paid for it. (3) Scammer tries to make you think that he overpaid you for the goods (using check or false paypal email), he will then ask you to wire the balance back to him. Since the first payment was fake (or worse — stolen) the money you send back is either yours or is being laundered

Be careful of anyone trying to involve you in anything that sounds familiar to the schemes above. If you’re contacted from anyone with the details posted below, then you’re definitely on the way to being scammed. If you have already lost money, it’s highly unlikely that you will get it back. If you are about to send money, be sure to walk away now and save yourself any further trouble.

Due to the incredible volatility and high volume of Craigslist scammers, we now have an forum dedicated to discussing Craigslist Scams.

Autotrader Scams

This post is a placeholder for the details of ubiquitous scammers using Autotrader. So be on the lookout for anyone using the details in the table below for they have been reported to be exploiting autotrader.com in order to target unsuspecting victims.

There are two types of scams on the rise:

  1. Targeting the seller: scammer will approach the seller via a text message and then insist on further correspondence through email. From there the scammer will disguise himself as a legitimate and very interested buyer. Scammer will then falsify a payment to you via a trusted third party: Paypal, Amazon Payments, Google Wallet or any other trusted brand. THESE ARE FAKE EMAILS. You will think you have been paid but you have not been. The scam is then to trick you into making an initial payment for shipping your car via the trusted third party. This payment will be via wire transfer. Since you were never paid in the first place, this is all a scam.
  2. Targeting the buyer: scammer will advertise a false car sale and wait for you to come to him. Everything will look fine and the car will appear to be for a great price. Scammer will insist on using a trusted third party as an escrow service, he will then falsify emails to you arranging the transaction via this trusted third party. Again, THESE EMAILS ARE FAKE! The falsified third party will ask you to wire money to them (usually a down payment) so that the transaction can be started. Of course, they are fake but the money you send to them will not be. Once the money is sent you have been scammed.

Any sale or purchase on the Web involving a wire transfer and an entity that you have not met in person is a red flag. Steer clear of these and you will be much safer.

Were you the victim in one of these scams? Click the Victims button above, Report it to us (or comment below) and we will update this post accordingly.

Car Trader, Oceanographer and Scammer too

If you’re selling a car on auto classifieds sites the likes of Autotrader and cars.com, be on the lookout for offers from this scammer who (1) pretends to be buying a car for his/her dad and (2) is away quite a bit because of a demanding profession the likes of an oceanographer.

Modus operandi is to make initial contact via text and then encourage further correspondence via email.

Unable to view the car in person, the scammer will offer to pay full price and then ask for your Paypal details so you can be paid. It’s a ruse though, for the scammer will then falsify emails from Paypal pretending that you have been paid.

The scam enters when you will be asked (probably by a brand that you trust — it’s fake) to advance fees on having the car shipped.

A variation of this scam is to overpay you on your asking price, you will then receive a polite request to wire the balance back. Of course, since the initial payment to you will be invalid (false check/email) the money you send back happens to be your own!

This scammer makes the grade to be our first topic posted in the Evil Third Party Community.

2014 FIFA World Cup Scams

An event the size of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is sure to bring with it a lot of scams. From a scammer’s perspective it just makes sense.The world cup is a time for people of all nationalities to come together for sportsmanship, camaraderie, healthy competition and good times. So most people have their guards up to block goals, not scams.

In an effort to consolidate the more notable 2014 World Cup scams, we’re using this post as a placeholder for scams reported by our readers that we think the world would be better off by knowing the nitty, gritty details.

And the scams are (be sure to look for further details in the table below):

  • Lottery Scams from brazil2014sa@bol.com, fifa2014dr​aw1@libero.​it, worldcup2014fifalotto@gmail.com, alcontac@gmail.com, FIFA@swissmail.com, abuyus2011@rocketmail.com, drawwinning@bol.com.br. The idea is to let you think you have won the lottery (usually for an amount under a million dollars). Initial contact will be via unsolicited email. After furnishing your details, you will be tricked into wiring money for courier fees. Once you send the fees, the scammer will disappear.

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Scammer in Phillipines Lures Victims in USA

Mr Villarosa is his name, running online scams is his game. He uses sulit.com.ph (#1 classified site in the Phillipines) to lure victims from all over the world. As is usually the case when dealing with motor vehicles, this scammer puts up fake postings of cars for sale, then tries to trick poor buyers into sending a wire transfer to a falsified escrow company (usually Amazon, eBay or Google Wallet). Once the money has been sent, the scammer disappears. No car, no shipping company, no escrow service, just fraud.

Remember, any kind of wire transfer in an online transaction with an untrusted third party is usually a scam.

One of our readers writes of an experience with this scammer:

mr villarosa, was introduce by AKA Dr. Jok Romerde or Mr Romerde wanted to sale TOYOTA RAV4, I am here in the US so I was Cautious..
the fact that caught my Attention was when Mr Villarosa sent me his Drivers License, did not match where the vihivle was located and where his warehouse was. the Car and mr Villarosa’s rest house was in NAGA while his drivers license was issued in Quezon City. and the fact that when Mr Villarosa’s Email went to my Scam Email, Duh!!
Mr Villarosa needs to be Investigated to prevent future scam with our kapwa pilipino.. HOPE PROPER ACTION WILL BE DONE SOON!!!!

John S. Langford – Fake Employer

This scammer puts up fake job postings on Craigslist. If you’re one of the poor souls that gets in touch with him, chances are that you will be accepted for the position, after which he will ask you for contact details. A few days will pass and you will receive a check in the mail for more than what you are owed. Don’t get excited too quickly there, because the check is fake, i.e., the scammer will ask you to send the balance of the check back to him via wire transfer or gift cards.

Bottom line: since the check is fake it’s your own money that is going back to the scammer. It’s a scam!

UK Rental & Real Estate Scam

Where most scammers are out there approaching the masses in the hope of an unsuspecting victim or two, these scammers patiently lay a trap and then wait for the poor victim to come a knocking.

Looking for an affordable holiday spot or a great deal on a rental apartment in the city? Nothing but great deals to be had (for these fraudsters) as bestsmartrentals.com, bestholidaysrent.com and bestrentalteam.com try to trick you into sending them a deposit, and then disappear.

The setup is quite simple, they copy rentals from a number of legitimate sites and then wait for serious rental enquiries. They will entertain any stay for any duration and at any time, you have only to send them a deposit (via bank/wire transfer) to secure your stay. Obviously, they’re not going to stick to their side of the bargain for there is no side other than fraud.

Some examples:

This is a legitimate rental on airbnb

rental scam

Here’s the fake one on bestsmartrentals.com

rental scam

Legit rental on evolvevacationrental.com

rental scam

Scam on bestsmartrentals.com:

rental scam

Legit rental on vacationrentals.com:

rental scam

Scam rental on bestholidaysrent.com:

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One of our readers shares an experience with these people:

We were searching for a holiday property abroad and came across these lovely apartments at reasonable prices. We then emailed the Best Rental Team and received notification that the apartment selected was available during the peak season, exactly when we wanted to rent it!
Email correspondence from there was with Frank Prinosil who claimed to be the property manager. At first his responses were incredibly quick. He said if we paid up front and in full he would give us a 20% discount. We were very excited and eager to make the booking, but I wanted to get a few more details before doing so.
It was at this point that things got very strange. There were suddenly long delays in replies from Frank, and when we dialed the number on their site we would sit on hold for 15 minutes with no pickup.
I decided to investigate further and found that the apartment listed on Best Rental Team was copied verbatim from Airbnb! I contacted the owner at Airbnb and he confirmed that it was not his listing. Furthermore, he confirmed that the apartment was absolutely not available at the time I wanted, nor for the price listed on the scammer’s site.

Tripadvisor users warn visitors to stay away from these scammers.

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Scammer Scammer Burning Bright

Larry, Buron, Mandy, you name it and this scammer will assume. it. If you find yourself conversing with this bottom feeder, you may find yourself out of luck and out of pocket quicker than two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

This scammer runs two scams:

  1. He will try to recruit you for some simple form of employment, could be an assistant or a mystery shopper. When he pays you it will be by check and it will be for an amount greater than for which you were owed. He will then ask you to wire the balance to other people. Scam is that the check he sends you is either stolen money (he is laundering it through you) or it is fake. In the former case you could be guilty of money laundering and in the latter you lose your hard earned cash. Either way, you lose!
  2. For an item you list on Craigslist, he will try to pay you using a fake check or falsified paypal email. The scam is when he sends a courier to pick up the goods before the check has been cashed properly (bank clears it) or you actually get the funds deposited in paypal. Another variant of this scam is to overpay you for the goods, for much like the scam above the check is either fake or the money has been stolen from someone else