View Full Version : Real opportunity or Scam?

06-09-2008, 04:16 PM
I've been doing PC repairs (large corporations) for 13 years, and decided over the weekend to go ahead and turn it into an "official" side job. So i posted a few advertisements online for my services, and received this email this morning:
My name is ### #### ,i hail from UK and right now i work in ireland I
read description and am instrested in your services,I will be importing some
computer into the states.The PC are laptops pentium 4 sony vio computer..I
want to reformat them for the new year and want you to Install software,
clean inner & outer computer components, update software to current status
Get back to me with you total cost for the services of 10 computers . I will
like You to know that my mode of payment is by check or money order.
I await your urgent response so that i can put the arrangement in order.
Something seems fishy about it, i reside in a small town about 35 miles west of St. Louis Missouri. I cannot figure out why this person wants to send me 10computers, i would be happy to do the work but i'm concerned that it's some sort of scam, If it's not how would you approch this, and what type of things should i keep an eye out for?

Thank You!

06-09-2008, 04:20 PM
Hey Jim welcome to TechNibble. It does seem a little fishy but i think it would be worth checking out. If further conversations make it seem even more unlikely I would scrap it but it looks like something worth pursuing. Where in MO are you? I live in St. Charles.

06-09-2008, 04:31 PM
That's a scam. Don't bother. I get about five or six of those e-mails a week, almost the exact same wording.

06-09-2008, 04:40 PM
I don't see why anybody would even attempt a scam like this. Usually someone is going to try and scam you out of money or something but your not sending them any money. Are they trying to get you to set up some computers and then not pay you? That would be pretty ******.

06-09-2008, 04:48 PM
Here's the way I expect it to work:

Scammer send you an e-mail saying that the computers will be on their way, and he has already sent payment for your services.
"Payment" arrives, but the computers never do. Scammer says "sorry for the trouble, I will check with my shipping company. You will notice that I sent $xxxx more than your quote, would you please deposit the money order and then send the extra to this account using Western Union?"
Obviously, since it's a scam, it's a fake money order, the computers never arrive because they never shipped, and if you sent the "extra" money you're a victim and have lost a large sum of money for a boneheaded mistake.

06-09-2008, 04:50 PM
I have dug into a bit more and found that the original senders address is different then the reply to address. And the address the message was sent to is different then mine. When i perform a google search of the delivery address it is a service like mine with serveral postings on craigslist for their services.

The Original Sender/Reply-Too address return no results on Google...

The plot thickens..

06-09-2008, 04:59 PM
This seems like a new twist on an old scam. This is the first one I've heard about that involves PC repair. I would run far away from this one.

06-09-2008, 05:11 PM
I just got this one this morning, probably because of my craigslist advertisement. This sounds completely legit. :rolleyes:

Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 14:35:54 +0200 [06:35:54 AM MDT]
From: Mrs Luisa Estrada <georgeeddie@msn.com>
Reply-To: Mrs Luisa Estrada <luisa.estrada@live.com>

Dear Friend,

The political unrest in my country (PHILIPPINES), necessitated this email, though this approach appears desperate, difficulties encountered in efforts to establish a business abroad also necessitate this search for someone to assist me in securing and investing the sum of USD18,000,000 (Eighteen million dollars) deposited in my name abroad.
By way of summarized profile of myself, I am Senator Luisa Estrada, a 66years old lady and the wife of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (former head of state and President of Philippines).

From past experiences, many people I had regarded as close friends and relatives has capitalize on my family's travail to run away with my money. In order to avert this negative development, I in conjunction with my son now seek your permission to allow us do a CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP/REASSIGNMENT OF CREDIT of stated funds from the holding company to your name, so that the funds (US$18million) would be released to you as the BENEFICIARY (on behalf of me and my family).

Our family trustee have secretly protected the deposit, you are to assist us to lay claims of the funds with the aid of all legal documents that will be forwarded to you as time goes on.
If you agree to help, we shall discuss the disbursement ratio in our next correspondence after we have been acquainted. I have decided to offer 20% of the above sum to you if you agree to assists us to secure these funds overseas or 30% share for possible help on investing in any reliable venture.
No doubt this proposal will make you apprehensive, please I employ you to observe utmost privacy and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us.

Your full name:
Your telephone/fax numbers:
Company name (If any):

Once I receive this information, my son will prepare the necessary documents that will put you in place as the new owner of the funds. The money will then be released to your custody by the security company.
Luisa Estrada.(Mrs.)

Please respond to my private email address at : luisa.estrada@live.com

06-09-2008, 07:53 PM
scam scam scam stay well clear.
i used to get dozens of these a week now i ignore all of them.

06-09-2008, 11:00 PM
It has the word SCAM all over it :D

06-10-2008, 02:45 AM
It is a SCAM for sure, just ignore it. In addition to being a computer consultant, I am a funeral director and here's a sample of things I get. :)

Hello Director,

Am Jerry Brasfilled,I Learnt That You Do Render Funeral Service And Burial,I Will Like To Know If You Do Make A Repatriation Of remains Arrangement Cause I Want To Bring The Remains Of My Late Wife Back To The Country From West Africa,Lagos Nigeria,Zipcode 23401,

I Contacted The Mortuary Where Her Remains Is Been Kept In Nigeria And They Told Me I Should Have A Funeral Home Or Mortuary In The Country To Get Incontact With Them On How To Make An Arrangement On Corpse Delivery,

So You Will Have To Call Or Contact Them In Other To Get A Qoute Price For Shipping And Airline With Date Of Arrival Cause Currently Am In Brooklyn,New York,On A Business Trip,

I Have Include All The Contact Details Of The Mortuary In West Africa Below,Kindly Get Incontact With Them And Let Me Know What This Is Going To Cost Me In Total,

Manager Name: Mr Paul Marcus .
Email address: stpauls_privatemortuary@yahoo.com
Address:20,Obalende road,Ikoyi, Lagos , Nigeria

Names Of The Pass: Bryan Brasfilled
Age:71 Years
April/ 6/ 2008

If You Have Any Other Question Dont Hesitate To Get Incontact With Me,

Looking Forward To Read From You..

Best Regard
Jerry Brasfilled