Money Scams

By ncnurse1459 Latest Reply 2008-08-25 10:40:07 -0500
Started 2008-08-20 16:59:20 -0500

We could all use the money, I know, but there are so many scams out there we need to be aware of. I just received a letter in my mailbox with a letter containing a check for $3,058.00, a survey form, and a letter advising me what I should do with all this. I was to go to my bank and deposit this check into my account, leaving $400 in my account and taking the rest to the closest WESTRN UNION TELEGRAM dealer in my area. I was to do this WESTRN UNION survey at the dealer's (things like attitudes, timeliness on transactions then wire a set amount and have enough to cover the wire cost also with what I had remaining from this check. The money was to be transferred to a bank account in VERO BEACH, FLORIDA to a SUNNY FRESH at a Vero beach address. the check also had the name of the NORTEHRN TRUST BANK of VERO BEACH, FLORIDA on it. I am not that wise at times, but not born yesterday either ! I called our state's Attorney General's office and they advised me to send everything to them immediately, which I did. i also contacted several TV stations in my area of NC…WITN and WRAL to report this scam to their SCAM alert reporters. Please, do not attempt to cash checks you don't understand, even if they sound good, they are usually TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE ! My daughter is a bank manager and said several of her customers had taken this same check into the bank there and tried to cash them. When she and her tellers wouldn't, the customers were upset about it. Please note this. Be careful. E-mails are dangerous also at times. I don't want any of my diabetic friends in this community getting hurt by such nonsense.

8 replies

GabbyPA 2008-08-21 12:39:09 -0500 Report

People just really need to get a life. This is awful. I received a "secret" letter once that told me to do all kinds of things and not to tell anyone. It was the weirdest thing I had ever seen. As many have said, too good to be true is usually a self fufilling prophesy.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-08-23 09:38:57 -0500 Report

thanks for the warning,I know that these scams take advantage of so many people and I find the internet is even worse, just this past week I deleted 8 million dollars that I had won out of nowhere. If I were just that lucky

GabbyPA 2008-08-23 10:52:01 -0500 Report

LMAO!! Yes, I never looked at it this way. I will have to see all the money I have you think I could write it off on my taxes? LOL

Lula Tiencken
Lula Tiencken 2008-08-25 09:02:45 -0500 Report

People are so curel to older people and think they are dumb…I learned many years ago thru a older person…that was scamed…and I have kept that experienced that person went thru to be alert to when I got older.

butterfly_8 2008-08-25 10:40:07 -0500 Report

It is so sad. As a senior citizen I delete before I read and I am sure I have deleted things that were legitimate. I just can't take a chance,there is to much to lose.Including my ability to trust at will.

just4us3 2008-08-21 05:38:16 -0500 Report

There are a lot like this out there and I agree, BE CAREFUL. When people who don't know you try to give you something , like this you are usually going to end up paying for it

kdroberts 2008-08-21 04:11:55 -0500 Report

This is very, very common. Especially on ebay. The usual scam is they offer you a significantly higher amount of money for a high ticket item, send you a check and tell you to keep $X and send them the rest back via western union. Surprise, surprise, after you send the western union money the check bounces and you are left with a nice hole in your bank account. I've seen it where people would have lost over $10,000 if they had done it.

Good to be aware of and a shame because the legit things now get ignored too because of these scammers.

butterfly_8 2008-08-21 03:59:44 -0500 Report

Thanks for the alert.
I always pay attention, especially since I am a Senior Citizen. I get such crazy offers on line all of the time,I delete immediately. they also come by mail. This TOO GOOD TO Be TRUE is for real.

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