Phony Check Scams
Barrister Ben Esq, Mr Fednard Marth
I just want to use this medium to thank you very much foryour earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds
Have you received an email from Barrister Ben Esq of saying "I just want to use this medium to thank you very much foryour earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds", and that they will send you a check to deposit;
just contact "my personal assistantin Benin Mr Fednard Marth"?
It is an AFF / Money transfer Scam.
You don't suppose scammers are smart enough to know that "Esq" is an
abbreviation for "Esquire" which means "lawyer", and not a last name?
Nope, scammers are generally stupid. They'll send you counterfeit checks which you are supposed to deposit, take out
some percentage (typically, 10%) for your work, and then MoneyGram or Western
Union wire the remaining 90%. Notice that although you receive checks, they
won't let you forward a check to them, only Western Union or Money Gram. There's
a reason for this: Western Union and MoneyGrams are cashed immediately and are
untraceable and irretrievable. Bank checks can take 1 or 2 weeks to clear!
Of course, since the check is fake, it will bounce a week or so later after
you deposit it. But you have already moneygram'ed the scammers the 90% of
the amount, and that is transacted almost instantly. So you now owe the
bank for the full amount. You may also face criminal charges for passing
counterfeit checks. See
this page for a step-by-step explanation of how the scam unfolds.
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Notice the highlighted
passages in the actual scam email below.
They point out some of the additional clues that it is a scam, such as the email
comes from a free email account (such as Yahoo.com, Hotmail.com, Aim.com, Gmail,
cox.net, etc.). Wouldn't you expect a company to have its own website and
email address (after all, it only costs about $200/year; every reputable company
has its own website these days!) And don't be surprised if the scammers do put
the names of real companies, real websites and events in their scams; it doesn't
mean anything at all!
Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2007 12:33 AM
Subject: I DID NOT FORGET YOUR PAST EFFORTS
my dear friend
How are you today?
It's has been long I heard from you. Well, I just want to use this medium to
thank you very much foryour earlier assistance to help me in receiving the
funds,without any positive out come.Iam obliged to inform you that I have
succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new partnerfrom
Paraguay.Everythng was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the
ladyaccountant who works with the federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she
rendered a tremendous help to us.My new partner initiated this idea and
everything worked out successfully.In appreciation of your earlier assistance to
me in receiving the Funds.
I have decided to compensate you with the sum of in a Cashier's$850,000 cheque
(Eight Hundred andFifty ThousandUnited States Dollars).This is from my own
share. I did this simply to show you that it is good to do goodthings to the
right people always.Presently, I amin Paraguay forinvestment project with my own
share under the advice of my partner.Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past
efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those fund despite thatit
failed us somehow. I will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you
haver received your share or not.Now contact my personal assistantin Benin Mr
Fednard Marth, his e-mail address is email@example.com )
Please do let me know immediately if you receive it so that we can share thejoy
together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very busy
here in Paraguay because of the investment projects, which the new partnerand I
are having at hand so fill free to get in touch with young Fednard to send the
cheque to you without any delay.
With My Best Regards,
Barrister Ben Esq ,