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Old 03-26-2010, 09:02 AM
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Is There A Way To Beat A Scam At It's Own Game

Just out of curiosity, if you get those checks that are for a large amount of money, is there a way that you can make it benefit you instead of hurt you?


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Old 03-26-2010, 09:07 AM
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Re: Is There A Way To Beat A Scam At It's Own Game

There is no way. Fake checks are fake checks. If you want "benefits" from fake checks, FBI will want to put you in jail.



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Old 03-26-2010, 09:11 AM
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Re: Is There A Way To Beat A Scam At It's Own Game

no. the check is drawn on the account of an innocent person. he will have to file fraud charges against you to get his money back from bank. the crook is anonymous, in nigeria or some other failed state.

there was one case where scammers in romania were hauled before a judge by local police. lots of evidence on their computers. the judge says, okay, let me hear from a victim. the prosecutors says, sorry, victims were unable to travel from USA to be here for this trial. case dismissed.

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Old 03-26-2010, 09:13 AM
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Re: Is There A Way To Beat A Scam At It's Own Game

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Just out of curiosity, if you get those checks that are for a large amount of money, is there a way that you can make it benefit you instead of hurt you?
The best way to benefit yourself is to dispose of the cheque as fast as you can and have nothing to do with it, unless it's to hand in to your local law enforcement agency.

Depending on the type of fraud being attempted, the cheque is probably forged or stolen.

Look around and you'll find many stories about people who have been busted THEMSELVES for attempting to cash or deposit the cheques.

Just imagine the difficulties of trying to explain to the police you aren't involved and you're just handling stolen or forged cheques for someone you don't know and haven't met, who uses a disposable email address and you have no idea where they actually live.

How would that vary from the story being told by someone who HAD forged or stolen the cheque/s ???
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:41 AM
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Re: Is There A Way To Beat A Scam At It's Own Game

I once heard a funny story about a guy who received one of these Nigerian emails claiming he had inherited several millions.

They where asking for like $10,000 to be sent via WU so they could release the inheritance money, and the guy decided to play with them this way:

He told them that he was a priest and that he could not access that kind of money without first completing some paperwork he could not afford, and that in order to do so he needed about $300 to pay for some fees.

He told them that as soon as he received the money he would send them the 10K to collect the inheritance money to help his church.

Well, apparently the Nigerian fellows did send him the money and so he kept playing them until they realized they were not getting any money back.

I don't know if it is true, but I like to think that in that case the score was victim 3 scammers 0.

Anyway, scammers can be dangerous people in nature, so messing with them might no be the best way to go, no matter how satisfying it may be.

I think I agree with what was said above, simply stay away from them.

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Old 03-26-2010, 09:54 AM
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I once heard a funny story about a guy who received one of these Nigerian emails claiming he had inherited several millions.
"Scambaiting" as it's known can be lots of fun when dealing with the typical "Nigerian email" or "419" type scams.

In fact, there are a number of websites set up for exactly that purpose.

HOWEVER,

dealing with fake and/or forged cheques is an ENTIRELY different kettle of fish.

The mere possession of one of these articles can land someone in a whole world of trouble.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:20 AM
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I once heard a funny story about a guy who received one of these Nigerian emails claiming he had inherited several millions.

They where asking for like $10,000 to be sent via WU so they could release the inheritance money, and the guy decided to play with them this way:

He told them that he was a priest and that he could not access that kind of money without first completing some paperwork he could not afford, and that in order to do so he needed about $300 to pay for some fees.

He told them that as soon as he received the money he would send them the 10K to collect the inheritance money to help his church.

Well, apparently the Nigerian fellows did send him the money and so he kept playing them until they realized they were not getting any money back.

I don't know if it is true, but I like to think that in that case the score was victim 3 scammers 0.

Anyway, scammers can be dangerous people in nature, so messing with them might no be the best way to go, no matter how satisfying it may be.

I think I agree with what was said above, simply stay away from them.
That sounds like quite the story. Id be surprised if it was true, since 419 scammers are obviously very aware of their own fraud, ergo very unlikely to wire money on to someone else, but we can always dream.
could be worth a go, scambaiting can be fun (goes without saying you DONT use your real details) and just for funs sake you could try and get them to wire you money, but i dont like your chances! easiest (and also fun) method is to just waste their time passing them fake WU control numbers so they have wasted trips to their local WU branch. Ive done this a few times and their replies are comical once they realise they have been duped. most say they are reported you to the FBI for fraud (the irony) some just curse at you and some send you death threats. always funny, though not for the faint hearted.

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theres nothing you can do with a cheque. best thing id say is to hand it to the police. there is no way of getting a fake check work to your advantage, its just paper designed to fool the bank.

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Re: Is There A Way To Beat A Scam At It's Own Game

Depending on where you live, the mere possession of fake checks is illegal, in other areas, as long as you write 'fake' on it, you can wallpaper your room with them.
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