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  1. #1
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    Default Another scammer

    These guys are getting better at this.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: mark williams <BBBBB@gmail.com>
    To: xxxxx@aol.com
    Sent: Mon, Aug 31, 2009 7:45 am
    Subject: interested in 2009 Stedinger x Hohenstein Colt $XX,000


    Hello
    I'm mark williams.I am interested in your
    2009 Stedinger x Hohenstein Colt $XX,000

    and I'll like to know cost and to see the pictures and condition if okay with me .but will like to know some few things about it. 1. How long have you owned it? 2. Why are you selling it? 3.What sort of condition is it at the moment? 4. The bottom price which you will be selling it? And please let me know if it's still available for sale . I Based in UK .If you do I want you to get in touch with me immediately for me to proceed with the Payment. As for the shipping I'll contact a shipper agent of mine who will arrange for the Pick up as soon as the transaction is sealed and get back to me.I will be looking forward to your response.
    Thanks and have nice day

    On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 3:29 AM, <xxxxxx@aol.com> wrote:


    Hi Mark,

    The Stedinger colt is $XX,000 USD. The price is not negotiable. I have owned him since birth and am selling so that he can go to a top competition home.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    V


    -----Original Message-----
    From: mark williams <BBBBB@gmail.com>
    To: xxxxx@aol.com

    Sent: Tue, Sep 1, 2009 5:00 am
    Subject: Re: interested in 2009 Stedinger x Hohenstein Colt $XX,000


    Hello,
    Thanks,i am still interested and Okay with the price and i will be waiting for your pics.This is how i will want us to seal the transaction cos i don't want any delay at all.So
    all i am going to do is to contact my associate in the State to issue
    you a Certified Check of $16,500 which will
    be for both the shipping and your own money $13000.So all i will want
    you to do when you receive the Check, is to deduct your own money and
    send the remaining shipping funds through Via western union to my
    International Shipping Agent ,once he receives the balance, he will
    come over to your location the very next day for pick up, now the
    money wired to the shipper is his fees for his services,
    transportation to your location and back to me, also for all charges
    that may arise along this transaction cos i will want it to be
    delivered to me safe and sound without problems,i shall send you my
    shipper address as soon as i contact him.
    So if this terms are okay by you i will need your contact address and
    phone number so that i can forward to my associate who will be
    issuing you the Check.
    I look forward to your reply.
    Thanks.
    .

    N/B the shipping funds will be wired to my international agent that
    will come for the pickup he will be the one to arrange the shipping of
    the from to where i am living.now that we have an agreement I will
    like you to remove the advert you placed on the website so that you
    will receive no more offers.the Check will be sent to you via fedex. I
    will give you a call as soon as you reply info required
    to send Check:

    NAME ...........
    FULL ADDRESS.........
    CITY.............
    STATE.........
    COUNTRY.....
    ZIP CODE.........
    Phone number........

    On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 11:33 AM, <xxxxxxxxxxxx@aol.com> wrote:

    Hi,

    Thank you for your reply.

    What are your plans for the colt, specifically? I have many people interested in him and I need to decide which offers the best home. Also, please provide the name of your trainer and a reference from your veterinarian.

    Thank you,

    V



    -----Original Message-----
    From: mark williams <markwill304@gmail.com>
    To: holsteinsw1@aol.com
    Sent: Tue, Sep 1, 2009 12:56 pm
    Subject: Re: interested in 2009 Stedinger x Hohenstein Colt $13,000


    My plans are to love,care and cherish it , as i have a large fireld here for these pets and my family enjoys them everyday.

    Please on behalf of me and my family mail me the data i asked for so payment will be made out immediately

    Regards

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Mark,

    Thank you for your interest. The colt, however, is a legitimate upper level prospect and I feel he should go to a competition home. If you are working with a trainer, please let me know and provide the name. Also, I will need references from your veterinarian before proceeding. In addition, could you kindly provide me with details regarding how you plan to ship this colt, including the name of the shipping company and the address of your farm.

    Thank you ever so much for your interest.

    V



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    What, it's not good enough for you if he promises to put it in a big field and love and cherish it?
    How about if he planned to Parelli with it?

    This is not a new scam, same was tried with my coach a few years ago. And for some reason...always from the UK???
    I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mozart View Post
    What, it's not good enough for you if he promises to put it in a big field and love and cherish it?
    Actually, no. I can do that myself. : )

    This is not a new scam, same was tried with my coach a few years ago. And for some reason...always from the UK???
    I know the scam generally is an old one, but usually they say off the wall things like the "item" wil be shipped in a shoe box, and respond with form letters. This person was a bit more interactive.



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    The one that tried to nab my coach made up a very interesting story about wanting a 3'9" jumper for his wife (and at the time I thought...he can't find a 3'9" amateur jumper in the UK??) He used the right terminology, everything. She was buying it until he got to the part about sending the difference between purchase price and certified cheque to the shipping agent....
    I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.



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    I had another this week from someone who was incensed that the same 5 month old colt is not yet started under saddle and jumping. I am not sure if that was a kid or a scammer, though : )



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    hilarious. love that these guys cant even get get an english speaker to proof it. maybe send it back redlined.



  7. #7
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    I has a very similar inquiry on a piece of jewelry I was trying to sell... In my case it was a Paypal scam. The scammer requires you to ship the item out of the country using USPS which offers no tracking outside of the states. The "buyer" then make a Paypal claim stating that the item was never received.

    I told her I would only ship out of the country using UPS or Fedex.

    From: Karen Morett [mailto:k@gmail.com]
    Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 10:47 AM
    To: Talia

    Im sorry i only want the item via USPS because it is near my fiance house in oversea.
    Here is the mailing address.......
    Darek M,#28 Isale-agbowa,Makun Sagamu,Ogun state,Nigeria,121101..
    Get back to me asap.
    And my response....

    From: Talia
    Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 10:54 AM
    To: Karen Morett

    Oh wow, this is VERY strange! It just so happens that I am going to be traveling to Ogun State Nigeria in one week for a business trip. I can just bring the ring and give it to you in person. That will save you the $100 in shipping.
    For some reason I never received another response. I thought my offer was quite generous!

    Oh, and I had NO IDEA the UNITED STATES Postal Service had a Nigeria location.
    www.SilverSpringFarm.net
    Breeder of rare, high quality Silver Dapple Paints and Quarter Horses.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverSpringFarm View Post
    I has a very similar inquiry on a piece of jewelry I was trying to sell... In my case it was a Paypal scam. The scammer requires you to ship the item out of the country using USPS which offers no tracking outside of the states. The "buyer" then make a Paypal claim stating that the item was never received.

    I told her I would only ship out of the country using UPS or Fedex.



    And my response....



    For some reason I never received another response. I thought my offer was quite generous!

    Oh, and I had NO IDEA the UNITED STATES Postal Service had a Nigeria location.

    That is an unreal coincidence because I also have a trip scheduled there at the same time! Maybe we can take my colt and your ring and stay at Talia's. ; )



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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeLawyer View Post
    That is an unreal coincidence because I also have a trip scheduled there at the same time! Maybe we can take my colt and your ring and stay at Talia's. ; )
    LOL! I am Talia! But you are more then welcome to come to Iowa for a visit. Feel free to bring the colt too but he may have to stay at my farm...

    I was tempted to email her again the next week "Hello, I'm here in Nigeria with the ring. I'll be headed to your fiance's house in about an hour. Please let him know I'm coming."
    www.SilverSpringFarm.net
    Breeder of rare, high quality Silver Dapple Paints and Quarter Horses.



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    oh you sooooooo should have done that. I bet this person would have peed their pants LOL. It truly amazes me that people fall for these kinds of scams.
    Dawn



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    This is definitely not a new scam. I used to do them all the time at www.daventryfarms.com/scam.html ...although, everybody has been bugging me to do a new one! Hard to come up with a good, new idea after the ones I've already done!
    Last edited by Daventry; Sep. 2, 2009 at 06:31 PM. Reason: Fixed the link
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daventry View Post
    This is definitely not a new scam. I used to do them all the time at www.daventryfarms.com/scam.html....although everybody has been bugging me to do a new one! Hard to come up with a good, new idea after the ones I've already done!
    I can't get the link to work and you have me VERY curious!
    www.SilverSpringFarm.net
    Breeder of rare, high quality Silver Dapple Paints and Quarter Horses.



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    The last part of the sentence copied into the link - here is the direct
    http://www.daventryfarms.com/scam.html



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    Quote Originally Posted by okggo View Post
    The last part of the sentence copied into the link - here is the direct
    http://www.daventryfarms.com/scam.html
    I love it! It is fun to drag them along... I have done it twice now. It's a great time killer while my work is slow.

    But seriously, do people actually FALL for this crap?????
    www.SilverSpringFarm.net
    Breeder of rare, high quality Silver Dapple Paints and Quarter Horses.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverSpringFarm View Post

    But seriously, do people actually FALL for this crap?????
    YES! Many people do. I think for many, it's out of desperation or thinking they are doing a good deed or trying to help some poor sole out. Many are just too naive to realize and too trusting.

    "In 2006, a report by a research group concluded that Internet scams in which criminals use information they trick from gullible victims and commonly strip their bank accounts cost the United Kingdom economy £150 million per year, with the average victim losing £31,000"

    "In 2008, an Oregon woman, Janella Spears, lost $400,000 to a Nigerian advance-fee fraud scam, after an e-mail told her she had inherited money from her long-lost grandfather. Her curiosity was piqued beause she actually had a grandfather who her family had lost touch with, and whose initials matched those given in the e-mail. Spears sent hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of more than two years, despite her family, bank staff and law enforcement officials all urging her to stop."

    If you go to this page, they have all of the "damage" estimates at the bottom:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance-fee_fraud
    www.DaventryEquestrian.com
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    Also home to Daventry Equine Appraisals www.EquineAppraisers.com



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    Quote Originally Posted by Daventry View Post
    YES! Many people do. I think for many, it's out of desperation or thinking they are doing a good deed or trying to help some poor sole out. Many are just too naive to realize and too trusting.
    Man, that is so sad. I think another part of the problem is the fact that many people just want so badly for the offer to be legit.

    I'm sure they had to ignore an alarm bell or two in order to proceed.
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    Breeder of rare, high quality Silver Dapple Paints and Quarter Horses.



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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeLawyer View Post
    These guys are getting better at this.
    They are definitely learning. Here is a link to what I have been receiving

    http://www.chronicleforums.com/Forum...d.php?t=223039



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    I started getting these weird e-mails regarding some ad for hay I have for sale. I have NEVER sold hay in my life and have no idea where people are getting my e-mail address from!

    These e-mails do not have the trademark spelling and grammar issues of most scams, but I have just been assuming they are a scam and not answering them. I am on my third for the summer though, I so I might respond to the next one just to see if I can find out where it is coming from.



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    A friend of mine has gotten that one a couple of times. Along with a really funny one that was interested in breeding her gelding. We decided either they have REALLY advanced repro vets, or it must be a stupid scam
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    We had one where someone wanted us to bred their gelding. I just told them that our stallions didn't do that sort of thing.

    Nancy!



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