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5:14 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I got a letter this week headed "i will like to donate to further your works". The person wanted to send me a donation and only needed my address and the name to make the cheque out to. (BTW that's not completely ridiculous; I do get unsolicited donations once in a great while.) The email was vague but was addressed to me from a real email address. Anyway that information is available, or else fairly guessable, from WHOIS data anyway, so I sent it on to him.

Today came his reply with the kicker: "as soon as you get the money order cleared,i will want you to deduct $300 and wire the balance of the money order via western union money transfer to my agent". I can only assume that the cheque will be either invalid or drawn on some third party's account without their knowledge.

Is this a well-known scam? I haven't encountered it before.

5:27 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Very well known scam. Do not participate in any way. You should likely turn the info you have over to the authorities ASAP.
5:30 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like a variation on the Nigerian Scam [snopes.com].

Run away! Run away!

5:31 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yup. it's a common con :)
7:52 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If it is a true money order and not forged, then the money is yours. But still sounds like 419

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9:56 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I bet the money order is a forgery.
10:55 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am curious, if you cash a bad money order, does it cost you anything? What would happen if you were to do as he says and not wire the $300 to his agent, just go home? What is your bank going to do?
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I'm sure if you cashed it the bank would be beating down your door to get it's money back in a few weeks. Not sure if charges would be levied...

Although, around my area I don't know if they would even cash it. The last time I was at the bank they had a sign up notifying customers not to try to cash or deposite moneyorders originating from questionable sources. They also had a brief description of the scam in question.

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11:40 pm on Feb 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There's no such thing as a "new scam"... ;)
 

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