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Old 10-14-2014, 08:42 PM   #1
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I just got this via email and I thought I would share. I often wonder who would be naive enough to fall for this stuff. I have been targeted personally many times but never as a business so word to the wise.
Here is a transcript of the emails so far

This is Rebecca Douglas . I Will Like To Know If You Can Paint House And Do You Accept Credit Card ? And What Is The Major Credit Card Do You Accepted ? Kindly Get Back To Me

Yes we do how can I help you
(actually we don't but i figured I would lead them along and see were i goes)

Hello my name is Rebecca Douglas .....It will be a great pleasure working with you and thanks for your prompt reply,before we proceed do you accept credit card for your payment if yes we can proceed and what type of major credit card you accept? hope your business is going on fine i want you to do the job on interior and exterior painting in the house i just bought a 4 Bedroom in the city it's a new house so i need the interior and exterior painting and all i want u to do for me is that u will paint the outside in royal blue and inside will be white and the kitchen..and toilet will be pink......and the trim will be gray....so i will give u a deposit for the work but before doing this please i will need a favor from you


so kindly get back to me the request information below..and we can proceed via email
or text message and You have to bear with me that I email you due to am hearing impaired patient...
Full name..
Shop Address..
Cell phone...
Total cost of your service..

Hello Rebecca,
I would love to have your business as in these times work can be hard to find, I would like to come and have a look at the job so I can give you a full estimate and we can go over payment options. I will need the address that the works is to be completed at
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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Those scammers all seem to have the same line. Usually they prey on the elderly. I'm glad this one picked someone who can give it right back to them.

It's a real problem though since some elderly people fall for it.

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Old 10-14-2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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just started texting with them now, they say they are hearing impaired so cannot talk on the phone. will see were it goes when I try and get an address out of them. I am sure its coming that they are going to pay me $5k up front just have to give $2k back or something along those lines
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just started texting with them now, they say they are hearing impaired so cannot talk on the phone. will see were it goes when I try and get an address out of them. I am sure its coming that they are going to pay me $5k up front just have to give $2k back or something along those lines


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And here comes the punch line,
If you can be bothered to read it, I want to F^&K with them but were to start


Thanks For The email. Like i said am still in the hospital for my surgery and i will not be available to meet you but i want you to fix everything for me because i will like to reside in my new home i will be making payment as soon as possible because i have less time but the most important thing here now is that the keys you will use in entering the house and do some checking are still with the initial owner and i have text-ed him and he got back to me that they will send the keys to the contractors that will handle the painting which will be you,but i am going to balanced up because i was told that i still need to balance up with $2000.00 before my keys can be asked to drop with you for estimate and this is happening because there were some changes in the house that cost the agent more fee okay, so you will be filling up the space of handling everything for me and take the keys for me so that you can proceed with the painting estimate and i will be paying for the total expenses so it can be easy for you okay. so what you will do for me now is that i will give you my credit card to charge for sum of $3350.00 plus % of the credit card company and you will deduct $1000 as a deposit to prepare you ahead for my contract and assistant to help me and you will be sending $2000 wire to the initial owner through the western union money transfer near you and after they have got the balance then they can have the keys sent to your location for you to start your work and you also deduct $150 for your self for helping me with request,and the remaining $200 for the western union charges....letting me know that you understand I need to text on the phone about this to fully understand


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I am asking for the credit card info so I can call visa or master card, actually they just said its a visa, and alert them to the fraud
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Can someone translate that paragraph into english?
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Can someone translate that paragraph into english?
We want to fvck you out of money if you are stupid enough to fall for our line of BS.....
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Waste as much of their time as you can without wasting yours!
I forward all the scam emails I've gotten in the past 7 years to each new scammer I get an email from.

I also include all the previous scammers emails so they can prey on each other.
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The gibberish grammar is always priceless in these online scams!

Typically the first scam email is stupid enough to weed out anyone who would ask too many questions and waste their time.

The sad part is the people they do collect from are usually elderly and mentally disabled people.
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I have gotten a couple different versions of those, the most recent one was yesterday. She wanted to replace all the window in a house she just bought. They want to pay me $3000 with a credit card, I keep $1000 as down payment for the job, and wire the other $2000 to the previous owner to get the keys to the house.
I ask for the address, and big surprise, it's not real. I try to call her, and it goes to voicemail. She texts back like 5 seconds later stating how she's hearing impaired and has to communicate via text or email.
Game over.
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So I got the credit card number called VISA, got hung up on called chase and finally got through to there fraud dept and gave them the info. Took some doing, its hard doing the right thing.

The final texts were that the name they gave me didn't work and I asked if they wanted me to try barack Obama.
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I haven't gotten spam in years with Gmail.
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I haven't gotten spam in years with Gmail.
me neither. I got something that looked like a scam the other day but it was a mass mailed through my facebook email address somehow. Gmail seems to weed that stuff out pretty well.
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this was with gmail
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So I got the credit card number called VISA, got hung up on called chase and finally got through to there fraud dept and gave them the info. Took some doing, its hard doing the right thing.

The final texts were that the name they gave me didn't work and I asked if they wanted me to try barack Obama.
Should have asked if the name was Goodluck Jonathan
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I like to lead these people on as long as I can.
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Lately, we've gotten several calls from "Microsoft tech services" to "help fix computer- there is virus". They try to get you to provide them remote access.

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I actually did have a hearing impaired customer but she had some way of relaying info to someone else and they spoke to me. It was very fast though, only a second lag. I was a bit put off at first when a guy said "this is Sheila and would like you to..."
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