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  posted on 11/1/2010 at 03:22 PM
There was an attempt to scam my business this week. The person who attempted it faked a disability. I was suspicious and found this has been going on around the country. Here's what they attempt to do. We received a "relay" call at our restaurant. It is a phone system for deaf people. An operator assists and they type back the conversation. The person was calling to order a large amount of food, 200 orders, for a party. We began to e-mail as the person was supposedly deaf. A price was quoted and the person asked that we overcharge thier credit card and wire the balance to the courier who will be picking up the food. Raised a red flag and checked the IP number of the computer. It is in Nigeria. The credit card number provided was stolen. I notified mastercard and discontinued communication. There are a lot of restaurants hurting in this ecomomy and I can see someone getting caught up in this. You end up out the food and the money. The relay system is even fake. Computer generated. Beware!
 
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  posted on 11/1/2010 at 03:33 PM
Thanks for the heads up. Scammers in general are doing well given the state of our economy.

 

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  posted on 11/1/2010 at 03:45 PM
Glad your restaurant didn't get taken on this, Julie. Good heads up and thanks for the warning.

 

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  posted on 11/1/2010 at 04:01 PM
WTF! Glad you caught onto this Julie and have made others aware!

 

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  posted on 11/1/2010 at 04:04 PM
good for you Julie...

effin thieves

 

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  posted on 11/1/2010 at 05:10 PM
Here's an article from 2009 about the phone relay scams.

http://www.thinkglink.com/article/2009/07/09/scam-artists-use-phone-relay-s ystem-to-fool-businesses

 

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  posted on 11/1/2010 at 05:27 PM
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There was an attempt to scam my business this week. The person who attempted it faked a disability. I was suspicious and found this has been going on around the country. Here's what they attempt to do. We received a "relay" call at our restaurant. It is a phone system for deaf people. An operator assists and they type back the conversation. The person was calling to order a large amount of food, 200 orders, for a party. We began to e-mail as the person was supposedly deaf. A price was quoted and the person asked that we overcharge thier credit card and wire the balance to the courier who will be picking up the food. Raised a red flag and checked the IP number of the computer. It is in Nigeria. The credit card number provided was stolen. I notified mastercard and discontinued communication. There are a lot of restaurants hurting in this ecomomy and I can see someone getting caught up in this. You end up out the food and the money. The relay system is even fake. Computer generated. Beware!

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We have been plagued by the handicapped relay system for years. Some one got a hold of some of my wife's personnal information a long time ago and no matter what we change ie accounts, banks etc. they eventually try to do a relay scam using Phyllis' info. Our bank has become good at blocking the transactions, but it is still a pain. We can get it cleared up for months or a year but sooner or later, it happens again.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2010 at 11:06 AM
Sorry you also are having trouble with this, Jack. It's a bitch also as there is not much anybody can do. I spoke with the police and they basically said just ignore it. I did notify Mastercard and spoke to the fraud department. Provided the info on where they wanted me to wire the money and they put a hold on the customers account. This fraud costs us all. In addition, one detective told me some of these scammers are doing this to raise money for terrorism. Scary.
 

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  posted on 11/2/2010 at 11:33 AM
Crazy stuff. I just got this message in my Alibaba account:

HON. Dr. Benson Harrison.
Director Gen, Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Foreign Affairs Ministry Complex
Wuse- Abuja-Nigeria.


Re: PAYMENT AUTHENTICATION.
I HON. Dr. Benson Harrison, Director Gen. Foreign Affairs Ministry; my office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial institutions in Nigeria concerned with foreign contract payments. I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line to foreign contracts settlement.

I have before me list of funds, which could not be transferred to some nominated accounts as these accounts have been identified either as ghost accounts, unclaimed deposits and over-invoiced sum etc. I write to present you to the federal government that you are among the people expecting the funds to be transferred into their account, on this note; I wish to have a deal with you as regards to the unpaid certified contract funds.

I have every files before me and the data's will be to change to your name to enable you receive the fund into your nominated bank account as the beneficiary of the fund's amount $35 Million U.S.D. As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits,I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions i received 2 days ago from the Senate Committee on Contract Payments /Foreign Debts to submit the List of payment reports / expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among several others, I have decided to remit this sum following my idea that we have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally.

MY CONDITIONS.
1. You will give me 50% of your contract funds as soon as you confirm it in your designated bank account.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone, for security purposes.
3. There should be no third parties as most problems associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.

If you AGREE with my conditions, l advise you on what to do immediately and the transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet the three days mandate. I hope you don't reject this offer and have the funds transferred
Waiting for your reply soon. Email: honbenson_harry@yahoo.com

Yours Sincerely.

HON. Dr. Benson Harrison.
Director Gen, Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Foreign Affairs Ministry Complex

 

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  posted on 11/2/2010 at 12:48 PM
Glad you didn't get taken Julie....

People work so hard and there's always a thief out there to try and take there hard earned money from them...

Gonna be a special place in hell for those people...at least I hope it is....

 

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  posted on 11/2/2010 at 01:50 PM
I've had this same "relay" phone method scam attempted twice on stuff I was selling. Be especially careful when using Craig's List to sell something.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2010 at 02:38 PM
Someone tried to take advantage of Colei until mama stepped in

She was trying to sell a watch on Kijiji, a Canadian online selling entity similar to ebay and the like. She put up the info on the watch and created an email specifically for the transactions.

She was contacted by a fellow that was interested in buying the watch, her selling price was $200 and they pay shipping. He was fine with the amount and advsied he would send her the funds via snail mail and she was to send him the product to his shipping company and he would also include "a bit extra" for her inconvenience of having to run around to do this. He requested she wait until the funds arrived before shipping (trying to gain her trust).

When the funds arrived it was on a Bank Of Montreal money order in the amount of $2,450.25 !!!!!!!! We emailed the "dude" and told him he had made a mistake as the money order excessively exceeds what she was asking. He said yes it is but take what your price was, plus $50 for shipping plus $50 for running around and send the balance via Western Union to my shipping company. HA !!

The money order itself looked so legit and all but there was no way I was going to let my girl endorse that thing. I inquired at our local bank and they confirmed it was a scam. So we UPS the money order back to him and tell him via email its on his way back to him as we were not comfortable doing this transaction and I give him the tracking number. His response "I think I will be talking with my lawyer on this as I think you are really getting on my nerves and can get you sue for this". After reading that, I about exploded but let cooler heads prevail and I went to the Police who advised to not talk with him again and they would report all information to the Internet Police or something similar.

Two days later UPS called me to say when they tried to deliver to the guy, he refused delivery so it was still in UPS warehouse. Apparently UPS were contacted by the Police who told them to hold on to the parcel until they could pick it up......sheesh, all this for a freakin' $200 Hello Kitty Watch !!

Oh, and some of the flags that went up that dude said:
- He lived in Vernon BC
- Money order mailed from Ocala FL
- Money order made from a Bank Of Montreal in Kitchener, ON
- Shipping company to mail difference was in Turkey

So glad Colei knew enough something was amiss to ask me to check things out. She would be out the watch, the $2450.25 as she would have had to pay that back to the bank and likely charged or at least limited banking privileges !!

Be careful out there folks....there's all kinds

 

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  posted on 11/2/2010 at 04:56 PM
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