I have been subjected to three scam attempts in the last week. The first was a 'phone call. The guy said that there was a security alert on my bank account and asked me to answer a few questions to check my identity. I said I didn't answer questions over the 'phone. He suggested that I should immediately go to my local branch and ask them to confirm the validity of the telephone number he gave me. I guess this must have been to increase my alarm and lure me into answering his questions. Instead I rang the bank call centre who said that it wasn't a genuine number. To double check I went into my branch. They confirmed that it wasn't a recognised bank number, and that there was no security alert on my account. They said if he rings back suggest that he writes.
The second and third scams related to OG's car which I have up for sale. The first was the usual company that claimed to have buyers within a 30 mile radius interested in the car. As my resistance grew his claims became more outragious so I googled the company and it came up a string of complaints against them. It was obviously a scam. I said "you know what, I have decided not to go ahead because I've just googled your company". He put the 'phone down on me.
The third scam came in the form of an email forwarded to me via a well known website that the car is being advertised on and went like this :
" I am glad to inform you that i am satisfied with the details and condition of the car .
Presently i am in offshore in Ireland but i will be traveling down to uk to complete the transaction, so first of all, I will like you to please put this car off advert to avoid interruptions from other interested buyers and count it sold, ok.
Concerning the price and payment , i will be happy to pay you £.......... for it . I will send you a Bankers draft of £4,500.00 which i will allow to clear into your bank account . You will deduct £1,000.00 as a deposit for it which is non-refundable. You will send £3,500.00 to shipping agent asap the cheque has cleared because I was informed by him that, he will need the money for shipping in advance at least a weekend before i will be in UK. The remaining balance of £.............. payed into your bank account or by cash before it can be pick up.
i will be waiting for 48hrs for you to confirmed the balance before the shipping agent can pick it up . Let me know the best way you want the balance to be paid? You need not to worry as our prepaid shipping Agent will come to pick it up from your base for shipment asap the balance has been confirmed by you . the reason for this shipment method is as a result of the congestion at the Singapore seaport, which does not make it directly shippable there.
I will compensating you with £100 for the time involve in paying the shipping agent and also for you to withdraw the advert.If you accept my terms of payment,The details and picture of the car will be sent to the shipping agent and get back to me with the NAME , ADDRESS AND CONTACT MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBER for Bankers draft to be delivered to you . I look forward to a successful transaction with you and await your urgent response.
PLEASE NOTE,ITS WHEN THE FULL PAYMENT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY YOU BEFORE THE CAR DOCUMENT WILL BE RELEASE TO ME AND SIGN
As you can imagine, the shocking grammar, English and spelling didn't inspire confidence. I rang the company that I have the car advertised with and he said "was he suggesting he send you a bankers draft"? The scam goes like this. The bankers draft is fake. You put it into the bank and they pay out within 3 days but have 10 days to withdraw clearance. I would paid the guy the money and the bank would make me pay it back again. Dah! Dah!
Note to all scammers. I didn't come over on the last banana boat. Oh! I'm probably not allowed to say that now because it's un-PC. Drat! Look at this face, do I care? Nah!!
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