Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Community Service Announcment

image courtesy of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, UK

If it's too good to be true . . . . it probably is.

For the record, the pattern of the fraud goes like this: criminal posts to Craigslists in several locations advertising some large ticket item, typically a laptop, and for some amount that's about 1/2 of what the item costs regularly. Respondents will then get an email that sweetens the pot a bit more while mentioning that, "he's a US resident in Britain, but needs to sell the [item] as soon as possible, and to an American because of [pseudo-legal reasons]." The next email posits the target that they'll use UK shipper TNT ( who will do intermediary escrow for person-to-person sales involving shipping. (link)

TNT, by the way, is a real, legitimate business with a great reputation in Europe, and I think it's the Dutch state postal service as well.

Where the fraud occurs is when the criminal then sends 'proof' of receipt of the [item] and then instructs the buyer to send the payment via Western Union. TNT doesn't use Western Union. Kiss your money buh bye!

It's a shame this human piece of filth (or his gang of filth) still walk around alive and unmolested, or at the very least without several fellow convicts threatening their health and liberty.

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