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These scams are not directed solely at boat sellers, they will try anything for sale on the net, dryers even! Send the url of this page worldwide and let's get these guys back to an honest living.
The purchase scam goes like this, they want to buy your boat for $2,000, but they have a debtor who owes them $7500 in the states, and they want the debtor to pay you the $7500 and have you wire them the difference of $5500, Western Union. Then you find out the check is bogus.
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There are variations, but here's a typical example. I'll start with one that just happened this September, 2003.
Image of actual check I received 9/25/03

Notice the check, it looks like a check, feels like a check, right? Hey, that credit union is listed in the phone book! Notice the routing numbers at the bottom? Ever seen a check with them printed crooked? The amount is also crooked, these guys need a new printer.

Where did this check come from?

Return address stamped on envelope They even sent it certified!
How did this happen? I've been trying to get one of these for 9 months! Here's how it went....

9/5/03
Good day David,
I am a procurement concerned agent, i specializes in the purchases of automobile on behalf of my prospective and respective customers as it is upon their request around the globe, however during my ogling through the internet in search of the mobile description as so much requested, i noticed your 1995 Yamaha Wave Venture. i am however okay with its detailed features and description but prior to placing an order for it, i would like to you to furnish me with your final asking price excluding the shipping cost as shipment will be handled by my respective shipping company, also i would like to know if a US CERTIFIED CASHIER CHECK is accepted as means of payment.,
Looking forward to doing business with you in good faith and trust, God bless. ,
Yours faithfully,,
for:SPLANKWOOD AUTO,
Grennings Lawrence,
Head PRO.,

9/6/03 Hi Grennings,
The least I can take for it is $2,000.
David

9/8/03 Dear David ,
SPLANKWOOD is happy to let you know that it is contented with the condition and the final asking price of the Yamaha Wave Venture, hence we are requirying you not to entertain any form of prospective buyer(s).
we do faithfully hope we could count on you and trust you.
best rdgs,
Greenings
Also 9/8/03
SPLANKWOOD LTD wishes to thank you for your swift response to our enquiry. However we are requirying you to exhibit some assistance and sincerity and play your part in making this transaction a success.
How do you play your part ? you may be asking well,this is it:
On request and instruction,the certified cashier check shall be issued by our US debtor who owns us a sum of $7500 through a procurement services we rendered to him. And expect you go to the nearest cash point on receipt to cash the amount,deduct your price and transfer the balance to our shipping agent who can then be capable of shipping the Yamaha Wave Venture to our customer who is base in IRELAND(UK).Hence we will require the following information:
NAME AS IT TO APPEAR ON THE CHECK
MAILING ADDRESS OF THE RECIPIENT
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER. (so we could call you if need be).
note:information given shall be and only be used for the purpose it is required for.
Looking forward to doing business with you in good faith and trust, God bless.
Yours faithfully,
for:splankwood ltd
greenings
Head PRO

Hi Greenings,
Well, I can see you're moving fast on this deal.
Send the check to
David Luckenbach
PO Box 192
Kingsland, TX 78639
Phone number is 325 388 2706
You better send me the information of the shipping agent so I can transfer the balance of $5500 to him, is Western Union ok with you?
David

(I mentioned Western Union first! They won't take a check, lol.)

9/9/03
Dear David,
SPLANKWOOD want to thank you for your swift attention shown so far and also requirying you not to entertain any form of prospective buyer(s) as we are contented with the condition and the final asking price of the Yamaha Wave Venture .
Remember, the Yamaha Wave Venture is already due to be shipped to its respective buyer who is base in the IRELAND hence i am requirying to endeavour to please transfer the balance of $5500 immediately you receive the payment. And moreover is the p.o.box ok by you (i mean is the check save in there for delivering?)..
we do faithfully hope we could count on you and trust you.
best rdgs,
green

Hi Greenings,
Hey, you haven't told me where to send the money.
The post office box is safe, nobody can mess with the mail in the post office, it's a big crime here in the states. We call it a felony and put people in prison for messing with the US Mail.
I understand the boat is going to Ireland, where are you located? Do you have water suitable for Waverunners there too?
David

9/11/03
dear David,
Due to some unprecedented happening that have occured to the company before we therefore require you to send the money to:
NAME: Gana King
ADDRESS: # 7 Gerrand Road Ikoyi 234-01 lagos Nigeria.
Hence we will require you send us the following information as soon as possible, so i could personally forward the money to our shipper who is currentlly on a series of shipping services in the US:
AMOUNT SEND:
SENDER'S AND RECIPIENT'S NAME:
REFERENCE/CONTROL NUMBER:
TEXT QUESTION / ANSWER:
looking to doing business with you in good faith and a high level of loyalty.
best rgds
lawrence

Hi Lawrence,
Ok, I have the address to wire the money to.
I'm not sure what you mean by the following, which was in your email,
Hence we will require you send us the following information as soon as possible, so i could personally forward the money to our shipper who is currentlly on a series of shipping services in the US:
AMOUNT SEND:
SENDER'S AND RECIPIENT'S NAME:
REFERENCE/CONTROL NUMBER:
TEXT QUESTION / ANSWER:
I already sent you my name and address, did you lose it? So you have my name, I'm the recipient. I don't have any reference/control number, and I have no idea what you mean by text question/answer.
I marked the Wave Venture sold while I wait for your check, which I have not received yet.
Please explain,
David

9/11/03
Dear David Luckenbach,
with respect to your feelings and position disregard whatever disturbs you .As per your information, we never lost it ,we still have it.And concerning your marking the Wave Venture sold , i am assuring you , you consider it sold trully because we are committed to buying it, as a matter of fact we already have a respective buyer .
While you are waiting for the check, we are fine tuning some situation with the US base debtor who has promise to pay us via the certified cashier check.So i am imploring you to keep your fingers crossed and expect it as soon as possible.we shall let you know when he eventually issues it an dlet us know too when you receive it .
looking to doing business with you in good faith and trust God bless.
best rgds
Lawrence

9/12/03
Hi Lawrence,
Ok, I guess I can wait a little while. I had a guy want to buy it last weekend and I had to tell him it was sold, but I have still not received the check from you. Is this normal for your business to take so long?
David

9/11/03
Good day David,
I would like to bring this to your notification that the payment will be due for delivery this coming week, perhaps in person or via US POST, furthermore, immediately payment is received , endeavour to keep me posted and informed so that i can forward you my agent's informations as to where at hand he will be available to pickup the funds.
Moreso, i will be needing your immediate assistance to getting the remaining funds transfer to my agent upon my request immediately payment is received so that he can come down to your area of location for an immediate pickup of the '83 crown vic because my requesting client/customer has been anxiously waiting it since.
Looking forward to doing more businewss with you in the future, God bless.
Regards.
Yours faithfully,
for:splankwood ltd
Green Lawrence
Head PRO.

('83 crown vic?)

9/13/03
Hi Lawrence,
I glad it'll be here this week, I need to pay my income taxes.
David
(This is when they mailed the check, 9/16)

9/18/03
Good day,
Sorry for the late payment delivery it was due to an icorrect address, however i will call my US CLIENT to ask for the delivery service used so that you can go over to their office in your area of location to pickup the package because it was actually sent to you via a registered priority envelope for it's safety.
Expect to hear from me soonest, God bless.
Regards.

Hi Lawrence,
You can send it with the US Mail, they have a registered service, I use it when I have to evict a tenant from a rent house.
David

9/20/03 Good day,
Thanks for the immediate attention and response shown so far in the course of this transaction, however in respect of the payment delivery, there was this itch, i mean there was a mistaken of address/incorrect address.
And to this effect, i suggest you go straight to any TNT office in your area of location to collect the package. As exclaimed to me by my US CLIENT it was to be delivered by the TNT courier service, is that ok?
Hence i suggest you go to the nearest TNT office in your location to claim the package is that ok, thereafter keep me informed so that we can go ahead with our transaction.
Looking forward to hearing from you, God bless.
Regards.

Hi Lawrence,
There are no TNT offices anywhere near where I am. Never heard of them. If you are so disorganized you can't mail a check I don't see how you stay in business.
David

9/22/03
Good day Debra,
I am very sorry for the late correspondence with you in regards to the status of the payment, however, i have contacted my US CLIENT to this respect and he called te respective delivery service assigned for the delivery, hence, he exclaimed that the package will be out for delivery this week, perhaps on or before mid-week..
Henceforth, bear with me and soonest the payment package will be due for delivery, furthermore, immediately this package is delivered and received, endeavour to keep me notified so that i can forward to you my agent's informations as to where he will be available to pickup the remaining funds from the payment after the deduction of your asking price.
I am looking forward to your absolute sincerity shown so far in the course of this transaction to immediately notify me immediately payment is received so that there can be an immediate transfer of the remaining funds prior to pickup because there will be an immediate need of the remaining funds by my agent, so also for him to be able to come down to your place of location for an immediate inspection prior to pickup.
Looking forward to doing more business transaction with you in the future, God bless.
Best Regards.

9/22/03
Hi Lawrence,
You miss spelled my name. I understand English is not your first language, but that's pretty bad.
If you have a US client just have it mail the check via the post office.
David

9/23/03
Dear David Luckenbach,
No doubt got those rigth.
Well it is to my delight to announce to you that i have been cleared by my debtor to issue out the CERTIFIED FUNDS in your name but i need to be assured that i can trust you on receipt of the FUNDS you shall endeavour to transfer the balance immediately to my Attorney Client who shall be at hand after the receipt of the balance transferred by you to him, for the pick up of the Yamaha Wave Venture (after you must have deduct your price) hence my shipper can be capable of shipping it to its final destination All information as to whom and where to transfer the remaining balance shall be given as the transaction goes on.
I need an answer to this as soon as possible not later than today.
Thanks.
best rgds
Lawrence

Hi Lawrence,
If I were to hand your "debtor" the funds I would have several policeman there waiting to arrest him for fraud.
Go away.

I received the check the next day. Now I guess I'll have to report it to the post office, I don't think fraud with the mails is something they like.

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Seriously, I don't think the Nigerian police are interested in stopping this.

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