What Will the Crooks Think of Next?

Money laundering has become quite a successful crime thanks to the Internet. It's too bad the Internet has become such a breeding ground for illegal activity, but it is no surprise since our world is filled with crime.

Here's a tip for what to watch for if you are selling a car or other item. Keep your eyes and ears open to recognize money laundering scams when you are selling merchandise. The quick characteristic to recognize their scam is their desire to send you more money than the asking price along with a request that you return the excess to them with a money transfer.

The other day a young lady placed her car up for sale and quickly received an email from a potential buyer. Fortunately she had the wisdom to recognize the signs of the money laundering scam within the email. Here is the email she received from the criminal:


The reason I am sending you this email is to make final confirmation and also to let you know that payment will be by Check. In view of this I need you to email me any information that may be required to send the Check, as I do not want to send the Check to a wrong location lest they gets into the wrong hands, so i am sending you the amount of {7,000} and so when the check get to you you are to refund the amount of {4,750}.

Regarding the shipping, I have a company that takes care of the pick up of my consignments for me and ship to my destination anywhere in the UK, you do not worry about shipping, the company will send down a representative to arrange the sales documentation and the pick up from your end for onward transfer to my destination.

I also want to alert you on the fact that you will be receiving an overdraft Check,which will cover the money for the pickup (pickup and shipping to the final destination,with testing charges) as well as the money to be paid to the company that will take care of the pickup and the documentation with you. So please, as soon as you receive the Check, go and cash it immediately, deduct the money that accrues to you, and send the balance to the Head Office of the company that handles the shipment in UK via the nearest Western Union agent in your area. Deduct the Western Union charges from the balance and send the remaining to UK immediately.

The Check will be in your name to make it easier for you to receive payment, deduct your money and send the balance via Western Union as regards my earlier direction, please reconfirm your details one more time.

I will give you the details of the company that you will send the balance of the money to in Canada once I get a reply and agreement that you will send the money to Canada via Western Union money transfer immediately you cash the CHECK, Once the money is received by the agent in UK, the shipping agent will contact you immediately to arrange the documentation as well as the pick up immediately. So in view of the above, here are some of the details I will need for final issuance of the CHECK to you:


Once you get back to me with all the above, the CHECK will be issued out immediately and it will be sent to you. Hope to hear from you immediately.

What will the crooks think of next to launder their money? Be sure to check our other articles of information regarding money laundering. Remember, you never want to get involved in receiving funds from a scammer because crime doesn't pay!


Anonymous said...

There is a new twist on this. I had an item for sale and received a PHONE CALL first. It was by relay. I talked to the relay operator. The person stated that they wanted me to write down their email address, so that I could send a picture of the item. I did and then received the exact email that is quoted above. Amazing.........

Tammara Nelson said...

Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately money laundering seems to be at an all time high, and unless people report the incidents to the authorities it will go on for a long time before they're caught.

Money laundering is very destructive to a country's economy and it funds illegal activities such as terrorism, drug dealers and other crimes. :(