Its crazy how original these people can get and yet how stupid they are. They make huge mistakes that tip people off. I am humiliated to admit that I originally was unaware that this was a scam. It looked like a normal ad.
Here’s my story.
We are in need of someone to help us in cleaning our new apartment, If you are interested please kindly reply back to the ads for consideration.
I knew the English was a bit odd and was already sending tiny warning signals like I’d seen it before…but desperation breeds foolishness…
I replied to the ad and got the following email:
Am sorry for responding late to your mail, I have been out internet for some days. Am Robert and My wife’s name is Linda, she’s 5 months pregnant and this is her first baby. We are relocating to the City from The Scotland,I will be coming there to work on contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work So i need someone who could help in cleaning my apartment everyday. I will be offering you $20/hr, i will be needing your services from for two hours at any suitable time of yours throughout the days of the week i hope two hours is enough is clean a 3 bedroom house with one master bedroom and two standard size rooms, with One Living room and a kitchen as well.
I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and hard working person,Our arrival date would be Dec 12, You will start working on same day.You will help us to clean the apartment in the morning of our arrival date,I will tell the estate agent to mail the keys to the apartment to you so that you can be able to clean it on the 12th before we arrive.
I want know if there’s any equipment that you will need me to provide, if there’s any let me know how much it will cost, I will be spending about 2yrs for the contract job, so i will be needing your services for that time as well if am satisfied with the services you rendered. We have a financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of your the payment, I will instruct him to pay for the first two weeks before my arrival so as to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service after the two weeks.
So my financier would be needing the following Information to make out the check:
Name to be on Check:
Did you accept my offer?
I know you will be committed to the work,You will also have a nice period of working with us. I will be waiting to hear from you
Now here is where I was stupid. My gut said that it was a bit weird but as I have had almost no experience with scams (just the lottery ones) and really needed the cleaning job I did give my address.
They replied back saying where the apartment was located and this is when I became very suspicious. The address they gave was right in my same complex….what are the odds to me that was their first mistake.
Their second was sending me a check remitted by a Richard brown and not a Robert Rich.
The check was for $3,800 and I know that I am an optimistic person but even I know that there is no way that someone will pay nearly $4,000 for 2 weeks of light cleaning. No one that would be living in my apartments any ways.
their final email so far…
I’m happy to inform you that the Check is already on it’s way to you via FedEx Overnight Delivery Service that will be delivered to you this morning.
I’m making use of this opportunity to let you know what are the necessary things to be done, I want you to proceed immediately you got the check to your bank. As soon as it cleared, you are to deduct $500 and Help me get the rest wire via Western Union Money Transfer to the Traveling Agent So that our ticket can be booked.
Here is the Payment Information of the Traveling Agent :-
Name: Holly Mc Kenzie
Address: 430 S Main Street
City: Red Bluff
Zip Code: 96080
I want you to get back to me with the Transfer Details as soon as you got it done so that i can get it across to the Traveling Agent ASAP.
Hope to read from you,
The address is for a coffee shop in CALIfornia and the phone number is not in service.
The moment I got the check I knew that a demands for funds would be forthcoming. I was prepared with my answer.
I am sad to inform you that the check your agent sent to me was not accepted by my bank. The host bank declared it fraudulent. I was really looking forward to this opportunity. I think your agent has scammed you. Her address is really to a coffee shop and the phone number is not in service. I hope you have ways of tracking her and that she has not taken your money and run! You should be more careful who you trust. I have also learned from this experience. If you would like the check back (though its worthless) please send your name and address and phone number.
I have found another position and will be unable to clean your apartment.
Funny enough I am more upset that there will be no ongoing employment than that I am in possesion of a fake cashier’s check. Obviously I never cashed it.
Sure enough the IP address of these people comes up as being in Nigeria although the check was sent DHL overnight from California. Is there a way FHL could look up who sent this?
At least I am wiser now.