Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Identifying the Scam.

I am selling my 1976 Cutlass Supreme. Yesterday I listed the vehicle on AutoTrader.ca. At 4:22AM I got a response to my ad, the person’s name is “James” his email address “pakerjames53@yahoo.com” Here is what he said to me:

Hi, How much is the final price for this car? I would love to see more pics if you don't mind. James.

Obviously I responded, gave him some more detail about the car, pictures, new price, etcetera, then hit send. Knowing the internet is notorious for scammers; I then decided to do a little investigation. Taking his email address, I ran it through a search; nothing.

I then decided to use one of my other resources, I’m a member of very large country, 3rd largest to be exact; over 750 million people are using Facebook. I took his email address and put it into the search bar where you search for names, this is when something very interesting happened, I didn’t not see the result queue turn someone back with the name “James” quite on the contrary; I actually got “Rasaq Olalekan” A man who attended University of Ibadan. Now I knew this was a fake Facebook account, so I then searched his name and I got this Facebook User: Olalekan Rasaq. This is the guys’ real account on Facebook.

In the meantime he emailed me back. Here is his response below.

Hi,
Thanks for the fast respond.I have looked at the advertis a few times now..I'm satisfied with the great condition so i would like to get it as soon as i can. I would be able to make payment through PayPal, i find it the as the easiest way to use my credit card safely and is a safe and reliable method of payment and i would make all transportation preparations for it to be transported to my home in Malaysia.

Send me your paypal email address or if you don't have one you can register it at www.paypal.com and send the email to me so that i can proceed with the payment as soon as possible.

Hope to read from you soon..
James

Now doesn’t that make you just a little suspicious?

I decided I would have a bit of fun. Using his real name, I responded to his email.

Hello Rasaq,

I would take you up on your offer, but I would prefer to handle it via Email Money transfer or cash in person.

Regards,
Gabriel

I haven’t heard from him since. Maybe I scared him off because I used his name. It was really fun playing with the scammer.

In closing, please research someone before you buy or sell something, yes you can get scammed by selling. When researching a person, put their email address into Facebook. Another thing to look for is what they are saying in the email. If they are immediately jumping to buying whatever it is, then odds are it is a scam. It seems the popular scam right now is via PayPal, and they say something like they can’t make it, and will make all necessary arrangements for the item to be picked up.

Here is another scam email that I have gotten for your example:

Thanks for the swift response, am buying this as a surprise gift for dad for his birthday so i wont let him know until its been delivered to him and due to the nature of my job,i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday off shore ( am a petroleum engineer) who work at oil rig department,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.
As for the payment,i can only pay via the fastest and secure way to pay online i.e (PayPal) here, as i do not have access to my bank account online,but i have it attached to my pay pal account hence my insistence on using pay pal to pay.
I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment has been made and with the issue of my details,transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the courier services company agent so you don't have to worry about that. You can now send me your PayPal email so i can pay in and also include your address in your reply.If you don't have a paypal account, you can easily set up one...log on to www.paypal.com and sign up its very easy... i would have loved to talk to you on phone but i work mainly offshore and our satellite server has been down due to the bad weather which restrict our calls,please get back to me asap

David

Another thing to look for is spelling and grammar. They make grammatical errors so as to lead you into a false sense that they aren’t intelligent, and absolutely not going to scam you; it makes them look innocent of crime.

With the David one, I actually emailed back and told him that I worked a lot on the rigs as well and that I move around a lot. Then I said there is a likelihood that I’d run into him. He hasn’t responded yet. If you know it is a scam, it is ok to have fun with them, just as long as you DO NOT GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION! If you can get any information or clue as to who they are, then you could pass their information on to the appropriate authorities.

A couple sites that you can report scams on are:

http://www.scam.com
http://www.ripoffreport.com
http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org

Found these sites from a quick search. The first two are very good ones. The third is more of a resource on what to do.

Hope you enjoyed reading this! Happy browsing!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Calgary, Alberta

Read the title, it will tell you where I am. Smile with tongue out

I’ll write more tomorrow.

Good night

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Back to English

I’m working on my English course yet again. Working on a visual essay right now.

I created an image file for the Visual part. Here is the link.

Here is the rough draft of the paragraph I wrote:

In my visual essay I wanted to capture the whole spectrum of guilt, accused, regretful, penitent, shame, punishment, contrition, crime, suffering, stigma, and self-condemnation. The word map does a good job of showing all the words that related to Hester Prynne’s story from the book “The Scarlet Letter”. The crucifix and Flagrum are to signify punishment that can come with guilt. The symbol of the man under a 1 tonne block shows that guilt weighs people down.

Maybe I will post some of my other work from my English course. Winking smile

Happy Hannukah!!!