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Victim Location 85225
Type of a scam Romance

I was contacted through Facebook. This guy claimed to be a US soldier overseas. He said his name was Chris Wolfe and was a 1st sergeant in Syria. https://www.facebook.com/100022010811685 First he asked me for a iTunes card. I told him know. He then began to try to seduce me. He switched from using facebook messenger to google hang outs under the email [email protected] About a week later he had told be this bizzar story. He said the king of Syria’s son had been kidnapped. He then went on to tell me, as a reward that he was given gold bars. He said he needed to send them to me because he had no family back home. He said that his Friend who is a red cross agent would pick up the box and register it for him to be sent to me. The “Red Cross” agent who emailed me claimed to be named Sean Park Yamato. He said he gave Sean 2k to ship the package. I said ok.. I hope they don’t ask me for money. He said they won’t. So then the emailed me a form to fill out with my address etc in the picture was a steamer trunk... I used reverse images and upcame the picture from Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trunk_(luggage) Once they got it they emailed me back and said there was a balance of 1,800. I know better so I asked “Chris” about it. He said if I paid it that he would pay me back... I said I didn’t have the money. He then begged and pleaded and even asked me to get a bank loan. Needles to say I have him a run for his money and lead him on for a week and a half... he didnt get a penny from me

Victim Location 21046
Type of a scam Debt Collections

I received a phone call on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 10:50 and 10:52 am. The call went to voicemail. The message states, "We had tried to notify you regarding this issue in previous six months but we had never got response from you. So its been considered as an intentional fraud and lawsuit has been filed under your name by the United States government. You may call our department number: 1-337-292-2312. I repeat 337-292-2312. Call for more information before we download your case into a courthouse. Thank you."

I know this is a scam, but some people may not be this savvy. Please investigate this telephone number and spreads awareness to protect people.

Victim Location 25526
Type of a scam Phishing

I received a call from what sounded like a call center. The caller asked if I could hear him. I responded with yes. He then asked again and I replied with yes. The caller then disconnected the call. I tried to call the number back and it rang busy. I have received similar calls to this that are legit. However this one seemed odd therefore I did a quick Google search and found several articles about a telemarketing scam with this description. At this time I am not aware of any money loss.

Victim Location 02135
Type of a scam Rental

I inquired about an apartment on an online listing site. Later, "Michael John" contacted me through email. The emails are copied below. In researching this type of apartment transaction, my dad discovered this article:

https://www.bbb.org/pittsburgh/news-events/bbb-scam-alerts/2017/09/phony-landlor... When I continued to research, I even found many of the exact email templates or the wording that "Michael John" used on other websites posted by others who have been scammed. The "landlord" tries to get the potential tenant to send personal information and a deposit in order to get keys to view the listed apartment.

MESSAGE 1 from Scammer:

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in my apartment, it is still available. I

will try to give you as many details as I can regarding the apartment

in the following email.

The full address of the apartment is 195 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA

02130. Everything is just like in the pictures, fully equipped with

all the appliances you need, very clean and well kept. The apartment

can be rented furnished or if you want you can use your furniture and

deposit mine in the storage unit. I work as an civil engineer and the

company I work for has developed projects all around the world. Now, I

have received an very good offer from them to move to the United

Kingdom department, offer that I have accepted.

The apartment is vacant so you can move-in anytime you want, also my

contract in UK is for the next 6 years, so for this period, I will not

return 100%.

The rent of 1100$/month is for the whole apartment and includes all

the utilities: heat, water, electricity, parking, laundry in-suite,

washer and dryer also included, cable and internet. You will have full

access to all building amenities. Just in case repairs are needed

there, I will cover the costs, so no worries. The price I'm asking is

below the market because I want to find a responsible tenant to take

good care of the place.

I'm the owner of the apartment, it's already paid in full and there is

no mortgage on it. You have everything you need near-by (public

transportation, schools, groceries etc.). Also I love pets, so if you

have any pets, I won't have any problem, pets are allowed. Honestly

from point of view I'm sure that You'll love it for sure and rent it

on spot.

I would like to know how many people will live in the apartment and

also which rental contract do you prefer to start with - 6 months or 1

year with option of renewal?

Please let me know if you are really interested in the place so we can

discuss further.

Thank you and look forward hearing from you!

Michael

PS: I attached you all the pictures that I have with the apartment (as

you can see everything is in absolutely perfect condition).

MESSAGE 2 from Scammer:

Hello,

Like I said in my previous email, the company I work for moved me to United Kingdom, and unfortunately there is a problem showing you the apartment, because I already left. The reason I haven't managed to rent the apartment before I had to leave for United Kingdom is that someone said that will rent the apartment and haven't managed to keep the promise. I waited for him, but unfortunately he didn't managed to get the money on time, so the transaction failed and I had to leave before managing to rent it. Obviously this brought me huge inconvenience. So I can tell that I have a bitter experience making reservation, it's the first time I'm renting an apartment so I prefer using an worldwide property management company.

The company I am talking about is called AirBnb (www.airbnb.com) their website is main focused on short term rentals, but they also have an NEW service for long term rentals. I used this service last month when I rented my apartment in London, United Kingdom, and I can tell you that it was an great experience and the only way I will proceed renting my apartment is by using them.

We use this company to protect the both of us. They will provide assistance in handling the payment and delivery of the rental package (keys and paperwork).

Using AirBnb involves three parties: me as owner, you as a potential tenant and AirBnb as a responsible third party authorized to handle this transaction. AirBnb works the same way as the escrow account on which you place the deposit when you rent an apartment, except that instead of a bank, we use AirBnb. Of course, nobody can take that money until you will sign the lease agreement. With this procedure you will be able to check the apartment before I receive the payment.

Like I said before, I used them to rent my apartment in London and everything was perfect, they are really professional and they have great services. Please keep in mind that the "reward" for proceeding with this "unconventional" transaction is the monthly rent price, which is below the market, exactly for this reason. Also please know, that the transaction and the deposit to AirBnb is only the first time, so that you can be able to receive the keys and inspect the apartment, after you will visit the apartment and sign the lease agreement, you can deposit the monthly payments directly to my bank account, or we can setup a payment method that is suitable for both of us.

My phone number is +4474 4191 2774. You can call or e-mail me anytime you wish and I will do my best to respond ASAP.

Let me know if you are interested so I can provide with all the steps of this transaction. You need to know everything about this process before we get this started.

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

Michael

PS: Sorry for the long emails, but I need to explain the situation as best as I can.

MESSAGE 3 from Scammer:

Hi again,

First of all, I want to start this email saying that this is not the traditional face to face transaction, this being the whole purpose for using AirBnb new service for long distance transactions, to protect the both of us 100%. Now for security and for your peace of mind I had attached an copy of my PASSPORT to build up some confidence. Also please know that you will receive official documents from Airbnb also, before making the deposit to them.

Regarding the process, you will have to deposit to AirBnb the first month rent + damage deposit, an total of 2200$ (1100+1100) so they can proceed with the shipping, and you can receive the rental package (keys and documents) so you can go and inspect the apartment. Please know that I will pay for all the fees that Airbnb will take (transaction and shipping fees).

Below I will explain you step by step how the transaction with the Airbnb new service works, to avoid any misunderstanding please READ CAREFULLY THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

1 - To start the process all I need are your contact details: full name, mailing address (street, number, city and postal code), cell phone number, move-in date and lease agreement preferred (e.g. 6 months or 1 year rental contract with option of renewal). The lease agreement will be a standard one from the government.

2 - I will go to the AirBnb Property Management office to start the transaction and I will give them the apartment keys and necessary documents.

3 - AirBnb Property Management will check the ownership documents and lease agreement. They will also confirm that I'm the legal owner of the apartment I'm renting to you.

4 - AirBnb will send you a notification (via email) with the transaction details to inform you that they have the keys and the documents in their custody. Also they will send you all the transaction details, steps etc.

5 - At this point you need to send the amount of 2200$(1st month rent from the rental contract + damage deposit - refundable at the end of your stay) to the the AirBnb payment representative (lawyer escrow account) provided to you in the notification. THE PAYMENT NEEDS TO BE SENT WITHIN 24 BUSINESS HOURS AFTER YOU WILL RECEIVE THE TRANSACTION DETAILS OR ELSE THEY WILL CHARGE ME AN ADDITIONAL FEE.

6 - As soon as the payment is completed you need to send the payment details to AirBnb. (an receipt proving that you sent them the deposit).

7 - AirBnb will verify the payment and if everything is in order they will start the shipping procedures using UPS Next Day Shipping Service.

8 - You will receive the package (keys and lease agreement) and you will have 5 business days (inspection time) to check the place.

9 - If you decide to rent the apartment you just need to sign the lease agreement that Airbnb sends, email it to them and they will release the funds to me. If after the 5 days inspection you don`t want to keep the apartment you will receive a full payment refund.

PLEASE NOTE that AirBnb Property Management can NOT release the funds without your approval. You will have 5 days to inspect the apartment and decide if you want to rent it or not, in this time you will have full control of the payment. They can release the payment to me as a landlord just after they will receive the lease agreement with your signature.

ALSO THEY WILL SEND YOU OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS (LEASE AGREEMENT AND INVOICE) BEFORE MAKING THE DEPOSIT TO THEM.

Like I said, I used this service last month when I rented my apartment in London UK, everything went great, I felt 100% protected with them, so I hope this will work again for you and me in this transaction.

I ALSO NEED TO BE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS CLEAR FOR YOU SO PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL THE STEPS OF THE TRANSACTION BECAUSE I CAN NOT CHANGE THEIR TERMS AND CONDITIONS. ALSO I WILL PAY FOR THE TRANSACTION AND DELIVERY FEES AND JUST IN CASE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND I WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND FROM THEM!

Let me know if you have the funds available (2200$) so we can move forward. If you do have the funds available and agree with the transaction steps, please e-mail me your full information (full name and address and cell number) so we can get the transaction started.

If you have any further questions regarding the transaction please let me know.

Waiting your reply!

Thanks

Michael

Victim Location 04210
Type of a scam Debt Collections

I received a call from an unknown number. When I answered it a gentleman stated he has important paperwork I needed to sign for. When I asked him what the paperwork was about, he said he did not know he just needed me to sign for it. He stated when he got to my house I would need to present a photo ID and have a witness present for the signature. I hung up on him. He proceeded to call back and left a nasty voicemail stating he didn't understand why I was making this harder on myself. He left the number, 877-331-3079, and said if I contacted them they could call him and tell him not to come. He said if he didn't hear from them he would be at my home within 45 minutes to 1 hour. Not knowing what this was about, my fiancé called the 877 number. At first they could not pull up any information. They checked a second date base then told my fiancé to hold for a minute because it was coming up restricted on their computer for they needed to get the hard copy of my file. My fiancé was then patched through to a supervisor who proceeded to tell him they would settle for 70% of the debt tonight. When my fiancé asked for them to send paperwork to verify the debt they told him it was past that point. They proceeded to tell him that if I didn't sign for the paperwork that was going to be served to me then I would be charged with missing a court date. No one has showed up at my house and it has been 3 hours now.

Victim Location 74804
Type of a scam Credit Repair/Debt Relief

Voice message say this is your final chance to deal with your credit card debt and lower the interest rate. Then the voice message said to press one (1) to speak to a representative or press two (2) and the offer will expire. I did not press any keys and the phone connection dropped. I did not talk to anyone, other say "Hello" when answering the phone. This clearly was an automated call designed to fraudulently obtain financial information. Although the call was received on a company cell phone, nothing indicated whether the call was targeting the company or me.

Victim Location 99201
Type of a scam Phishing

Very obvious that this caller was trying to get me to say the word yes to record. The story was that she was new to town and wanted to get to know the area better and wanted to find out more about me and how I was successful. The call was very vague and it was obvious that she was reading from a script. I said it wasn’t a good time and got off the phone as quickly as possible

Victim Location 10022
Type of a scam Online Purchase

was looking for a particular dress, when to this website they had a number of designer dresses for cheap..... I initially thought it was legitimate because the same dress was sold by neiman marcus at a sale price close to the one listed on the website, but NM was sold out of the dress. First they did not accept my credit card, when I emailed "eve" suggested a wire transfer but by that time the credit card was accepted. I canceled the card and eventually received a package from china with a tiny cheap dress that was not anything like I ordered. its a scam. avoid at all costs.

Victim Location 11375
Type of a scam Phishing

Caller asked, Can you hear me?, stating he

Victim Location 60505
Type of a scam Other

Called me looking for me to say yes by saying my name.

Victim Location 21074
Type of a scam Other

Scammer claims to have a video from webcam and demands bitcoin to stop the video from being sent out.

Victim Location 79109
Type of a scam Credit Cards

I got a call from someone about lowering my interest on a credit card. They didn't give an organization name so I figured it was a scam

Victim Location 48073
Type of a scam Phishing

Someone called me at my phone number saying that someone called them from this number. They asked if my number was 810-358-1151, and I said “uh huh”. I’m concerned this is a scam.

Victim Location 68504
Type of a scam Credit Cards

The scammer tried offer me loan services but did not ID himself. I verified my name by saying yes, but found out this is part of the scam. I have recently experienced fraud on my debit card, and have had it changed and no one has the number any longer.

Victim Location 92114
Type of a scam Phishing

I received a call and an innocent sounding girl addressed me with my first name and asked if it was correct. The moment I said "yes", she hang up. I tried calling her number thrice but Verizon welcomed me and said the local phone call I dialed back cannot be completed and dialed. Asked me to hang up and try again.

Victim Location 17042
Type of a scam Government Grant

They called and asked if it was (me) speaking, I said yes...he proceeded to tell me I qualified for a "once in a lifetime loan" lol...from the federal government, for $9000. The cherry on top being, I don't have to pay a single cent of it back. So I explained to the butcher of the English language...then that's not a loan, that's a gift. Correcting himself, as if he never said (loan)...that's right sir, it's a "grant" citizens can take advantage of once in their lifetime. I said ok, sign me up for my free $9000, sounds great. He asked me if I remembered how I got involved in this crap in the first place? I said vaguely, some survey I filled out a while back. He says, correct...we just need some of your personal information such as name, phone number...I stopped him there saying...clearly you already have that information, given the fact you called me and asked for me by name lol. Moving on, he says he wants to go over some of the crap that was in the survey...I said no thanks, just sign me up for my free money, I could care less about the details. So of course he tries to go over it anyway, I tell him...I told you I don't care. He threatens to hang up at this point because apparently I'm not taking my magic money seriously enough. I said that's because you sound like a bull[censored] scam artist and I'm going to report you. He promptly ended the phone call with a very slow and enunciated "go [censored] yourself" yeh, THAT he wanted to make sure I understood. Well I prefer he be the one that gets it up the [censored]. So if you guys could please stick it in and break it off for me lol, that'd be great. Feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] or call me at (484) 239-5550 if I can offer any further lubrication to do just that. Thank you for listening and happy hunting :)

P.s. couple questions down pertains to my losing any money. I answered "no" but I also didn't let them finish their hustle...who knows what their end game really was.

Victim Location 34982
Type of a scam Phishing

They called and simply stated my name as a question and I said yes, they immediately hung up.

Victim Location 96813
Type of a scam Government Grant

Received a message from my supposed Facebook friend regarding seeing my name on the Grant winner's list. He urged me to contact the Grant Award Agent at 530-395-3572 to claim the winning. 

Victim Location 10003
Type of a scam Debt Collections

I am getting called from an unknown source asking me for my information and saying that If I don't call the number above back there will be a warrant out for my arrest. I called back, did not give any information, and they refused to tell me who they were.

Victim Location 61820
Type of a scam Business Email Compromise

Got email about a compromising video captured via hack from my device's front facing camera during an inopportune moment. Asked to pay $367 via bitcoin or the video would be released to those in my address book. Sent to personal email address, not business account.

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