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"Due to the company's policy this check has to be made out in this amount to you because..."

Another fake sale in which they will send a cashier's check (which is counterfeit) from which you are to send them a Money Gram of money back.  Of course, when the cashier's check bounces, you will be stuck with the bill and possibly charged with passing a counterfeit check.  Meanwhile, you sent the scammer money in a non-refundable form, a money gram.

When selling things cost large sums of money and that require a check - have the buyer cash it in your presence and give you the cash in a bank!

We've highlighted a few of the more obvious signs of a scam in their email below

 


 

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 01:38:26 -0800 (PST)
From: HENRY DICKSON < hdboats04@yahoo.com >
Subject: Attn : Pls confirm this whole arrangement asap................today

Greetings........,

Thanks for your time , effort and anticipated co-operation . Happy to inform you that I have concluded with my client and he has instructed me to carry on with the transaction, he said that I should inform you that payment will get to you in an American cashier check of $6,500 which is a refund payment of a cancelled order earlier made by my client.

Due to the company's policy this check has to be made out in this amount to you because the company's policy only allows a refund payment on one cashier check, so you are required to deduct cost of your Boat $3,000 when payment gets to you and refund balance $3,500 to my customer's shipping agent via money gram transfer for him to be able to offset shipping charges.

After payment has reached you and balance sent back to THE PICKUP AGENT ,our agent will come then for the pick up and drive to a prepaid shipper to be shipped to my client, while title papers and other necessary documents will be signed/picked by the agent with the Boat to my Client.  

ATTENTION; MY CLIENT HAS INSTRUCTED THAT YOU SHOULD NOT PREPARE ANY PAPER WORKS UNTIL THE PICK UP AGENT ARRIVES AT YOUR LOCATION WITH SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO TEST DRIVE THE Boat AND VALUE THE CONDITIONS OF THE Boat ..SO AFTER THEN THE PICKUP AGENT WILL SIGN THE NECESSARY PAPERS ON HIS BEHALF..  

PICKUP ARRANGEMENT; PLS MY CLIENT IS MAKING THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS WITH SOME SHIPPING AGENT REGARDING THE PICKUP/SHIPMENT OF THE Boat BUT HE ADVISED THAT AS SOON AS HE FINISHES THE ARRANGEMENT THAT HE WILL INFORM ME ON THE PARTICULAR SHIPPER(i.e the shipping agent's information) WHO IS GOING TO ARRANGE FOR THE PICKUP/SHIPMENT.  

Please Confirm this whole arrangement and provide your
Name.................,
Address........................ and
Phone Number ......................

for check payment to be made out in your name and send to you immediately this week.  

I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND... Thanks for your time, effort and understanding...  

HAVE A NICE DAY.  

MANAGEMENT .
DOLPHIN IMPORT EXPORT LTD,
67 St Marys Mansions
Maida Avenue
Little Venice W2 1SY England.
+44) 7040111242
+44 70 1112 1794
 



 


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