Attention : I was contacted by a scam artist .
The name used was " Corey John". I have an ad
on the club classified.
The " dirt ball" that attempted the scam expressed
an interest in buying my model T project and
the scam started with an explanation that he
was out at sea and worked as a maritime engineer
and he could only pay by Paypal. He explained
he hired someone to pickup the auto but he needed
me to pay the car hauler by a Western Union money gram sent to an address in North Carolina.and that he would send
extra money along with the money to buy my auto.
He sent a fictious email that looked like it came from
Paypal. Although it went to my email Spam. The fictious
Paypal email stated I had to pay the car hauler before
my money for the auto would be released to me.
I contacted Paypal and they confirmed this was
a scam is is call "Phishing".
Be cautious this"Dirt ball" may try scamming
someone else with the Model T Club.
They keep trying because occasionally a sucker takes the bait.
That would have been really nice of you to pay for the shipping for someone to steal your car. It takes all kinds and you have to be careful.
Glad you caught that Merle. Lord knows there's getting to be more scammers than ever. Pretty soon the good guys will be outnumbered by the bad guys.
I see from your profile you appear to be new to MTFCA, if not to the hobby itself. Either way, welcome aboard!
And as others also say to "us newbies"-welcome to the affliction. I still think I'm new as only been "at it" for two years now, but as you will also find, "you can't have just one". I'm up to four T's and an "A" now!
You will soon find this forum is chock full of a lot of great veteran T folk, always willing to share their vast knowledge. And occasionally the forum gets entertaining!
That "you pay the shipper" through various mysterious ways is the standard speal with these dirty tricks. Leave him alone and he'll usually go away. Unless he's like the guy I got involved with years ago. At that time I'd list name address and what ever else was required legitimitely. He found my phone # on the web and called a few times. I now alter everything except a legit e-mail address that's used only for sales and the location. They can find nothing with wrong info and you'll only be contacted by e-mail.
Years ago, someone told me that if you speak to 100 women a day on the street and ask each one of them, in the crudest possible terms, if they would be interested in spending a little time in bed with you, you would only need a 1% success rate to have a pretty active sex life. The same principle probably applies to sitting in a one-room apartment with an internet connection and sending a couple of thousand scam e-mails every day. If people weren't making money at it, they'd probably stop doing it.
I'm sorry sir if you wish to continue this transaction I will require the full amount of the vehicle cost and shipping in gold, silver or platinum delivered to my front door, thank you.
Just posted on Craig's List and was contacted by Corey John also who stated he could only provide payment through PAYPAL and would arrange shipping. Message deleted.
My wife received the following email twice in the past few days. She does not have a B of A account...
From: "Bank of America Alert" <email@example.com>
Date: February 12, 2014 at 7:43:12 AM PST
Subject: Bank of America Alert: Message from Customer Service
Dear valued customer :
During our usual security enhancement protocol, we observed multiple login attempt error while login in to your online banking account. We have believed that someone other than you is trying to access your account for security reasons, we have temporarily suspend your account and your access to online banking and will be restricted if you fail to update.
confirm your update by clicking the following link here: > Confirm Your Update Here
If we do no receive the appropriate account verification within 48 hours, then we will assume this Bank account is fraudulent and will be suspended. The purpose of this verification is to ensure that your bank account has not been fraudulently used and to combat the fraud from our community.
The Canadian folks have been sending me notices that they owe me $681.00 tax return. Delete.
Warnings about my account at banks where I don't have an account are easy. I do have an account at Bank of America, though, and some of the phishing mails I get purporting to come from BofA are very skilled. It's generally very small things that give them away.
When I get one, I just switch to "Show complete header," then forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once I have done that, I delete it.
The phishing emails using the graphics of real companies often look very good, but they're usually betrayed by their difficulty with English.
You're right about that, Steve. The last part of the email I posted says, "...and to combat the fraud from our community". Not what I'd expect from B of A.
I Just found out I have a relative who wants my help getting about 12 million U.S. Dolars out of Nirobi And they are willing to pay me a small fee of 10%... All I have to do is supply them with my banks routing number Etc, Etc..... now where is that delete button?
Steve, I agree. Sometimes the hint that it is non-native English is pretty subtle. Another frequent giveaway is when they tell you to click on the link below to correct your problem. The link can be labeled "http://bankofamerica.com/account_verification," but if you cursor over it and look at the bottom of the screen, you see that it is really a link to an address in Russia or Romania.
How can you tell that? When I put the cursor on the blue link all I see at the bottom of the screen is a repeat of the same address in black and white.
Henry, if the address at the bottom of the screen is the same as the link, then the link really goes to where it says it does.
In this case:
It looks like a link to the MTFCA home page, but it is really a link to a (non-existent) fake link in Russia called "gotcha", which you will see at the bottom of the page if you cursor over what looks like the mtfca.com link.
Steve Jelf, you're wrong when you say, "Occasionally a sucker takes the bait".
There are many suckers taking the bait every day. Many!
That would all stop if the criminals were ever punished.
Received an email wanting me to click on a link to confirm my Yahoo account because the email said someone had tried to log in that was unauthorized. Yahoo said it wasn't true.