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I think i am in deep crap becasue of a scammer!? HELP!?

So i posted an ad in a job listing website that i needed a job. And this lady who claims her name is Donna Butler hired me as her personal errands person because she travels a lot (thats her story)

I believed her and she said she was going to send me a package and send me my pay in advance.

Ok so i received this package and its a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggg check! but i started looking up some more info because the address is different from where the package was sent. She has been sending me emails with this email address and i found this website

I went to the bank to see if this is a real check and it is and has value on it. Bu now that i know this is a scam idk what to do. Shes asking me to deposit it in my bank account and she wants my account number but obviously i am not going to that because she wants to steal my money (which i dont have)...

what do i do with the check?!!! i dont know what to do!!!!??

4 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    100% scam.

    There is no job, you are correct. Shred the check, don't bother trying to send it back to the fake shipper's address on the envelope. Then, ignore any more emails from that scammer. Don't respond to his rude, threatening, harassing emails and he will eventually go away.

    The next email was from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "secretary/assistant/accountant" and has demanded you cash a large fake check sent on a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number and send most of the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer posing as the "supply company" while you "keep" a small portion. When your bank realizes the check is fake and it bounces, you get the real life job of paying back the bank for the bounced check fees and all the bank's money you sent to an overseas criminal.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    When you refuse to send him your cash he will send increasingly nasty and rude emails trying to convince you to go through with his scam. The scammer could also create another fake name and email address like "FBI@", "police_person" or "investigator" and send emails telling you the job is legit and you must cash the fake check and send your money to the scammer or you will face legal action. Just ignore, delete and block those email addresses. Although, reading a scammer's attempt at impersonating a law enforcement official can be extremely funny.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    6 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:

    1) Job asks you to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.

    2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.

    3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.

    4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.

    5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.

    6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.

    Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.

    If you google "fake check cashing job", "fraud Western Union scam", "check mule moneygram scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.

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  • 7 years ago

    Is this woman in your town, or far away? Have you met her? If not, be skeptical.

    Did you find a scam reporting site that mentioned her as being part of a scam? If so, its a scam.

    Is the check drawn on your bank, or a distant bank? If your bank, you should be okay. Can you go to an actual branch of the bank on which the check is drawn and cash it there? If so, that would be good.

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  • 3 years ago

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  • 7 years ago

    Give it to police.

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