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Old 11-20-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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You're familiar with the scam, usually from Nigeria, that happens after you put something up for sale on Craig's List or Ebay. Somebody writes to you and says they will buy the item, and will send you a cashier's check or money order or somewthing. But their secretary made a mistake, and the check is for a higher amount than the actual price, so would you please send them back the balance in cash, along with the item you're selling?

You send it all, the cashier's check or money order turns out to be bogus, and you're out the cash and the item you're selling.

Seems impossible that anyone would fall for it. But these guys keep doing it, so I guess they must be finding an occasional sucker even today.

Well, here's one guy who was tired of the scam... and fought back.

Seems he put together a company selling laptops... or so he said... for the benefit of these scammers. He made the name of it similar to the well-known, legitimate brand ASUS Computers... with a twist concocted for scammers whose native language was not English. His company name was one they probably don't teach in foreign English classes.

And sure enough, he got a bite.

Happened several years ago, but still worth reading.

Anus Laptops: The Martins Cole Saga - ScamBaiting at its finest -thescambaiter.com
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, Ca
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"please send me the tracking numbur for my anus it is important that i have these for the trade show"


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Old 11-20-2009, 10:21 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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"please send me the tracking numbur for my anus it is important that i have these for the trade show"



Keep reading. It gets better.

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:52 AM
 
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Hilarious
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:55 PM
 
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A classic.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:58 AM
 
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Link is dead? Best one I ever read was the P-P-P-Powerbook Prank. It's really long but worth the read.

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The Powerbook Prank: He wanted a Powerbook. We gave him a P-P-P-Powerbook!

It all started with an eBay auction for a new G4 Powerbook. My friend Cory wanted me to sell it for him just days after he bought it. Probably because he realized that, aside from looking cool, he had no real use for it. For the sake of an easy sale, I just pretended to sell it as my own, with a starting price of $1700, and the "Buy It Now" option for $2100.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:15 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I just got a phony check from a scammer for $2250 and I emailed him saying that I did get the UPS overnight envelope but nothing was in it. A fake check from a closed account was in it.
He sent me a bluff email saying he was going to call the FBI on me (what a laugh) !
I have several fake checks I'm collecting for wallpaper in a spare bathroom. Play the bastards and play them hard. I happen to enjoy the scambaiters site called Ebola Monkey man.
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