Thursday, February 16, 2017

Recognizing scams

Most scams attempts involve one or more of the following:

  • Email or text from someone that is not local to your area.
  • Vague initial inquiry, e.g. asking about "the item." Poor grammar/spelling.
  • Western Union, Money Gram, cashier check, money order, paypal, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee."
  • Asking for a FEE in order for you to receive money is the most common scam.
  • Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.




Examples of Scams

1. Someone claims your transaction is guaranteed, that a buyer/seller is officially certified, OR that a third party of any kind will handle or provide protection for a payment:
  • These claims are fraudulent, as transactions are between users only.
  • The scammer will often send an official looking (but fake) email that appears to come from craigslist or another third party, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, or pretending to handle payments.
2. Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check:
  • You receive an email or text (examples below) offering to buy your item, pay for your services in advance, or rent your apartment, sight unseen and without meeting you in person.
  • A cashier's check is offered for your sale item as a deposit for an apartment or for your services.
  • Value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item—scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
  • Banks will cash fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, sometimes including criminal prosecution.
  • Scams often pretend to involve a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate, etc.).
3. Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
  • Deal often seems too good to be true, price is too low, or rent is below market, etc.
  • Scam "bait" items include apartments, laptops, TVs, cell phones, tickets, other high value items.
  • Scammer may (falsely) claim a confirmation code from you is needed before he can withdraw your money.
  • Common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, UK, Netherlands—but could be anywhere.
  • Rental may be local, but owner is "travelling" or "relocating" and needs you to wire money abroad.
  • Scammer may pretend to be unable to speak by phone (scammers prefer to operate by text/email).
4. Distant person offers to send you a cashier's check or money order and then have you wire money:
  • This is ALWAYS a scam in our experience—the cashier's check is FAKE.
  • Sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not.
  • Scammer often asks for your name, address, etc. for printing on the fake check.
  • Deal often seems too good to be true.
5. Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service:
  • Most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT and operated by scammers.
  • For more info, do a google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud."
6. Distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which they will ship goods:
  • He says he trusts you with the partial payment.
  • He may say he has already shipped the goods.
  • Deal often sounds too good to be true.
7. Foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers, then wiring funds:

  • Foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly.
  • You are typically offered a percentage of payments received.
  • This kind of "position" may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email.

54 comments:

Joel Leday said...

We were almost scammed in. Thanks to this I know what to look for. I cant believe how people would take our trust and just try to use us. The world has become sad.

dwzmom said...

Sophia rush is a scam as well, if you email them they promise to send money if you send them a wire fee. They have several ads on the site.

Anonymous said...

Sophia Rush, Calvin, Christina, Russell, Kim Steele, Dolores Dubby, Jason.....All scammers. Beware!

Unknown said...

Wow, sophia rush almost got me. Thought someone was really going to help me out. Glad I looked into it first. It did seem too good to be true. Guess I was right. Why would someone want to take advantage of someone who has nothing?

Anonymous said...

Johnathen Todd Knight is another one. And Jason Petrillo has seemed to have changed his name to Jason Chittum. These people think they are smart! Just remember to ask alot of questions and do not be taken in by them!

Paulla Fetzek said...

Most disheartening as I've been approached by Sophia Rush, Kim Steele and Russell Peterson. Makes me fee that Begslist itself is a scam.

Jolee Waddle said...

Sophia almost got me too

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Unknown said...

Not sure if im being scammed but im currently talking to someone now and they are making me feel uneasy. I agree its depraved to prey on the weak and in need. Where is the humanity?

Renay Reed said...

Yea I got 2 that was a scam that pretty dirty of some one to do that to anybody who really needs helpn

Natoshia Marshall said...

Sophia Rush just contacted me. She’s a scammer! I realized it immediately after reading her email. It’s so pitiful to see people try to take advantage of the helpless.

Delmom1987 said...

OMG I'm about to loose my storage unit and I posted an ad for help I am homeless with three kids and the ONLY person who wrote me back yesterday was Sophia Rush.. she keeps saying how much do you need to get back on your feet I'm supposed to let her know in a little bit so I just decided to Google her and see if she's real and found this site.. wow. I was relieved with alot of stress thinking I will not face auction. How depressing.

Unknown said...

Made a page and had four peoplee offer help but want money in return one ask for a bankaccount number other three ask for money bemossbe@gmail and aliqson@gmail both ask for money up front

Unknown said...

Made a page and had four peoplee offer help but want money in return one ask for a bankaccount number other three ask for money bemossbe@gmail and aliqson@gmail both ask for money up front

Unearthing Trilogy said...

Is Calvin brown a scammer as well?

Anonymous said...

Yes. Calvin wants card info. As does bemossbe@gmail, mercifulgiverhand@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Betty moss asked me for money too

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Anonymous said...

Anyone know an Alicia? She just said she could help but I would have to pay the 5% fee. I don't want to be scammed.

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GT12 said...

Hi, did you ever find out it this is a scam? I’ve been in contact with Alicia and I want to check before i go any further with it?

Anonymous said...

Yes I was also contacted by an Alicia at aliqon or something for her email. Definitely has to be a scam. Offered me 1300 within hours of my post.

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Bruce Flieger said...

Well it bad enough I have to beg for help an I got three scammer from this site Bryan Mackey,Paul Brown, Robert Mackey beware they all froze my bank account may god have mercy on their soles

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Rh uk said...

Hi all anyone heard of Max Roach asking me to send photo ID and selfie for his lawyer. Thank you

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Anonymous said...

@Rh Uk... I have been contacted by Max Roach as well. He has not asked me for my photo ID and selfie but maybe that's next. He told me he'd send me money, then stated that he would send me extra, and I would be responsible for sending the rest of the money to another charity. He had a reason and explained it in email. I keep my share, and send the remaining. Is this how it started for you? With him?

Rh uk said...

@Anonymous.. he basically asked me to earn his trust then ask in the next message for Id for his lawyer how far have you got

Anonymous said...

@Rh uk... He asked if he could trust me in sending the portion of money to the charity and said the charity address information would be send to me at some point. That is all I've heard from him at this point. I haven't actually seen the check yet. I will update you if I hear from him.

Rh uk said...

Thank you I will do the same

Rh uk said...

@anonymous how long have you been waiting?

Anonymous said...

@Ru uk...The last time I heard from him was Friday 4/20. That was when he told me my check had been issued for more than he originally told me for the charity because...(log explanation) and that i'd be receiving the charity's contact info at some point.

Did he give you the same story? About giving you extra and having you send the extra portion to another person or charity?

Rh uk said...

@anonymous no heard nothing like that I don’t know what to do I want to trust but there’s so many scams and some have told me they would send the funds if I pay a transfer fee because will assure them I am in need but they want like £100 or more and on the site they want to use it’s $7 so I can’t afford to lose anything

Anonymous said...

@ Rh uk... I have been in the same boat. It sounds like a dream come true until they ask you for money. This guy never asked me for anything except for my name & address to send the check. No money and no bank account information. Its not over yet so it's possible that he will still ask. Him not asking me for money or bank numbers is the reason I've continued to talk to him.

Anonymous said...

Stay away from Betty Moss, she claims to financially help those in need, but asks for a 'refundable' one time transfer fee to do this, when she (or he) could simply donate to the gofundme page(s) of those in need etc...

She is on instagram @wewillhelpyourightaway

Other scam reports have been made about this account and elsewhere online. Never send your personal info or or money to anyone!

Anonymous said...

STAY AWAY FROM BETTY MOSS/BEMOSSBE@GMAIL.COM, TIERRA JOHNSON!!!!
THOSE PEOPLE/E-MAILADRESSES ARE FAKE! DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFO TO THEM!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been sent a check? I received one. I haven't cashed it yet or tried...kinda scared to try. This person asked me to send a portion of it to someone else...for reasons...but I've heard that later people find out the check is NSF or fraudulent and then the person who's received the check then owes their bank whatever money was spend from the check. Just curious if anyone else dealt with this. @ Rh Uk....this is from Max Roach. Check has a company name of and I've thought about calling them.

Rh uk said...

Hi what was the company if you don’t mind me asking you can email me direct if you want

Rh uk said...

@anonymous how did you get on

Anonymous said...

I was just contacted by betty moss aka bemossbe@gmail.com telling me they would donate to our cause but wanted a fee upfront, they provided no proof that they are who they say they are, glad i stumbled on this website before I gave them anything.

chrissy47 said...

I was contacted by a Paul Brown asking me to text him to discuss my campaign. I'm hesitant to do so fearing that the simple task of texting will wipe out my phone or something.

Jill Barclay said...

You confirm mercifulgiverhand@gmail.com is a scammer?????

Millie Newell said...

Betty Moss is total scammer, bemossbe@gmail. I posted my gofundme link on instagram, she let message saying they would help. I resent the link, and she said they had been "burned in the past by gofundme" total crap! So I played along. She said she only used western union, and could I afford the one time refundable transfer fee.
I said " yeah, western union online only charges $10, and it charges me at the end" And then said go ahead and western union online, cause its easy and thats the "only way she trusts". She responded with "ok". And never heard back from her again.
Total total scam. Anytime anyone asks for money upfront is a scam.

Jess C xo said...

Betty Moss (bemossme@gmail.com, IG: wewillhelpyourightawayyy) just tried to get me also. I posted my gofundmelink on Instagram and she left a comment saying she could help and provide the total amount needed. she also asked for a one time refundable fee of $115 that would be sent right away along with the total amount needed. I suggested she make a contribution on my gofundmelink or she may use Venmo, which there is no fee required to use. she said without the fee nothing can be done. glad I did some research before I was suckered in.

T@bb3 said...

I was also contacted by her.Betty Ross. Seeing her posts on Instagram though with her information and the transaction she did for someone seems legit. However I e not heard back from her when I suggested FB pay, or how did she want me to give her the $115

Tabitha Lee . said...

Hi I was just contacted by a sugar Shipley,and Barry carlos , and a timothT Anderson, does anyone know about them are they scammers I have text sugar Shipley and they did respond about helping me but know I am scared to respond back I think I'm going to just block them from my phone now . It's sad that ppl will take a vantage of ppl in need all I wanted was help for my family and I to pay our rent and lights before we get kicked out of our home and to see if we could get help in food and water bill but as always we get slammed harder I'm taking care of my 78 year old mother and 3 kids on my own and I'm handicapped myself fighting breast cancer life is really worth living for me anymore but I have to keep going for my mom and children idk what I am going to do .