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MrMark
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26 Aug 2006, 11:28 am

I received this today.

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Easton House,
Easton on the Hill
Stamford
Lincolnshire
PE9 3NZ, UK
Tel:447040104546


Good day and compliments to you! How are you, My name is Harry Billy and I
currently run the UK branch of SinoTextiles;a company that sells Chinese,
English and African textile and fabric materials with the cooperate
head office
in China and branches all over Australia, Africa and Europe. I am
looking for a
trustworthy representative in USA /Canada that can help as a link between me
and my clients over there, to serve as a means of expatiating payments for
supplies made to the US.I would like to know if you are interested, to work
from home for my firm. SinoTextiles LTD needs a book-keeper or representative
in the states, so I want to know if you will like to work online from home and
getting paid weekly without leaving or affecting your present job.


I presently run a textile and fabrics firm like I mentioned above here in
London, England and we need someone to work for the company as a
representative/book keeper in the USA.My company produces various clothing
materials, batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costumes. Here is my
company's website:[DO NOT CLICK HERE]supply goods to our clients weekly
in the states and my clients make payments for our supplies every week in form
of money orders or cashiers checks which are not readily cashable outside the
US or Canada, so we need someone in the States/Canada to work as our
representative and assist us in processing the payments from our clients and I
will pay him/her a weekly wage, by percentage.


All you need to do is receive this payment from our clients in the States or
Canada and get it cashed at your bank and then deduct your weekly
payment which
is going to be 10% of any total payment processed and forward the balance to
any of our company's regional offices via money transfer either money gram or
western union money transfer. Our payments will be issued out in your name and
you get them cashed at your bank, deduct your 10% of the initial capital and
forward the balance to any of the company's regional offices by money
transfer. So all I need is to forward your information to our numerous clients
in the states or Canada and they will contact you before they issue payment in
form of money order or checks then send it via courier or mail to you. If this
job offer is accepted I would need your full name, address and phone number so
we can forward it to our clients and they will start making payments to you as
one of the company's representatives in the states.


If you meet these conditions and wish to apply send this reference position
number#3456234 and please contact us by replying at this e-mail address
([DO NOT CLICK HERE]).


Contract agreement. Please add your full names, contact or mailing
address and phone numbers for quick delivery of payments. We will
never ask you for anything more then that, no bank Names, no bank account
number, routing number, credit card, passwords,

ssn # etc.


If anyone asks for those on our behalf please do not give out this
information. This is to ensure your security. As soon as I get these
details from you, I will them
email you back with an employment letter which you will fill out and mail back
to me with a scanned copy of any means of identification attached. The
completed form will be filed along your valid ID for our records. AND AS SOON
AS WE CONFIRM ANY PAYMENT COMING TO YOU,I WILL LET YOU KNOW AND I WILL
GIVE YOU
THE INFORMATION TO SEND FUNDS TO THE COMPANY VIA MONEYGRAM OR WESTERN UNION
MONEY TRANSFER.


Thanks and I await your sooner response.



Harry Billy



I forwarded it to [email protected]


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26 Aug 2006, 11:32 am

YES YES YES!! Do not supply any info. I have read about scams like this...



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26 Aug 2006, 11:45 am

Oh yeah, it's a scam...and a rather transparent one at that.

I say purge that email out of your account as if it were a virus and report them to whatever authority is designated for investigating rip-off artists.


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26 Aug 2006, 12:43 pm

Billys a weird last name.



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26 Aug 2006, 2:05 pm

ITS A SCAM!!

DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT ACT ON THIS. DELETE IMMEDIATELLY!!

I have friends in the police force and I asked them what you should do and they said delete and do nothing.

DO NOTHING!! Thats from the british police force. TRUST ME THESE GUYS ARE GOOD!! DELETE MESSAGE COMPLETELY IMMEDIATELY!!


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26 Aug 2006, 2:20 pm

Definitely a scam. These guys/scam artists can be good, like said. My mom taught me a thing that I'll never forget: "There is no such thing as easy money". Exceptions, of course, can be birthday, tooth-fairy, or Christmas cards but that's about it for easy money. If someone seriously wanted some money, they would probably get more money by applying to McDonalds than by trying to work for one of these guys or trying to pay for things solely by scratching Lotto tickets (if someone won the mega-million Lotto, that's great, but that doesn't happen very often! lol. Of course, I'm 17 so I can't even play those games yet! lol).


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26 Aug 2006, 3:01 pm

If you had a Harry Billy, wouldn't you want everyone to know?


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26 Aug 2006, 3:23 pm

It's a scam. There's a lady here who cashed two of their money orders at both of her credit union and traditional bank. The bank asked her to return her 10 percent (which she did) and then referred the loss to their insurance. She faced no penalties from them. The credit union paid it out, found out it was a scam and had her arrested for felony fraud. Nothing like blaming the fellow victim, eh? The charges were dropped, but her account was closed and they're demanding she repay the 2000 plus dollars.

Refer these asshats to whatever authority exists in your area and warn your friends not to be so easily taken. Remember, if these companies were reputable, the people allegedly issuing the money orders would be using western union or electric funds transfers via banks. There is no reason any real company would be farming this out to strangers.


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26 Aug 2006, 3:41 pm

Well, I’m glad to see that we’re not all so gullible as we’ve been led to believe! :wink:
BTW, I believe they got my address from here! :lol:


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26 Aug 2006, 4:08 pm

MrMark wrote:
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BTW, I believe they got my address from here! :lol:


Oooh ... that's a serious accusation to make. Why do you think that? :D

I seem to get some spyware somewhere, but I also hit several news sites everyday. As long as I run Lavasoft, Webroot, etc I don't seem to have any problems. I get scams in my email, frequently, but most are from ebay or paypal phishing bots.


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26 Aug 2006, 4:18 pm

Oh, it's not an accusation,
you can get my address from right here\/ (msnm)


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26 Aug 2006, 5:05 pm

Damn messenger! I never use it, so I've defeated it in my box.
But you're exactly right - it's a wide open invitation to some types of junk.


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26 Aug 2006, 7:09 pm

An unsolicited "employment" offer? Really? I had red flags up upon reading the first line.

[the smell of rats rising from my keyboard]

And asking all that personal info from you and all coming from a stranger out of the blue? Excuse me??? :x

No credible business ever needs to rely on common people's personal banking systems to complete their transactions. The banks and other various payroll services and specialized financing agencies can do that. Somebody has a hidden agenda there.

My first response would be to try to trace the origin of that letter, print out the evidence if possible, and bring the hard evidence to the police. Whether or not they'd actually act on it, that's how I'd treat the receipt of a letter like that.

Good luck and don't get burned :wink:


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26 Aug 2006, 7:30 pm

It looks a hell of a lot like the Nigerian scam. Besides, who the hell is called "Harry Billy"? Sound more like "hara kiri", which is what you'd be doing if you fell for it.


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27 Aug 2006, 12:27 am

Mr Mark

Have you used that email anywhere else but here?

Oh, it's on your msn. But I've found that hotmail accounts that I've created and given out to exactly nobody, get spam. I figured that hotmail staff weren't paid enough to be entirely honest and were selling the mail lists.

But there are other ways for spammers to get your email.

1. You put it into some internet form when you want information from them or just a user account. Some website owners are more honest than others.

2. You or a friend of yours got infected with the kind of virus that finds every email address on your computer - especially if you use outlook, and emails the list back to the spammer. Some of them don't even use your normal email client or server to do it so it's harder for you to trace.

3. The spammers create programs to go through phone book data (which you can buy on cd), and send emails to every combination of [email protected] they can think of. I often get those, they get my email address by pure brute force.

So for every valid email address the average spammer sends to, they might send to thousands more invalid email addresses. Anyone who replies - confirms a valid email address.