Shortly thereafter, I received an email from Paypal (or at least, designed to look like it was from Paypal) which suspiciously came from a Gmail address firstname.lastname@example.org; on behalf of; email@example.com. [firstname.lastname@example.org]....On behalf of email@example.com? Seriously? What kind of horrible conman is this clown? I mean, I was really hoping for something that I'd have to actually investigate, but this? Holy crap, talk about amateur stuff:Having concluded all arrangement with the shipper, this is to notify you that I will be transferring your money shortly. I will also be adding the shippers money to the total amount I am sending and this is due to the fact that, I am presently off-shore and have no other means of transferring the shipper's money directly. So, I implore you to proceed to any Western Union Money Transfer outlet and have the excess funds transferred from your pocket to the shipper's information asap via Western Union Money Transfer and get back to paypal via email with the transfer details so that paypal can complete the full processing of your money into your account after all transaction data (Western Union Money Transfer details) is confirmed by paypal. As an added security measures, paypal will also confirm my shipper's identity to you on the payment confirmation page that you will receive in your paypal email address as soon as I have your money sent.
This email confirms that Fawn Adams has sent you $1,050.00 USD
View the details of this Transaction here:
Transaction ID: 9TQ95872YQ3811983P
Item # Item Title Quantity Price Subtotal Nil Couch, matching chairs, and footstool 1 $600.00 $600,00
Pick-up & Delivery:(Includes western union charges fees) 450.00
$0.00 Total: $1,050.00
This is to inform you that you are required to send a sum of $350.00 USD to the address below via Western Union Money Transfer and get back to us with the relevant information's which you will be provided with after the money has been sent. You are requested to give us the Mtcn# (Money Transfer Control Number) and the Sender's Name and Address used in making the transfer after which we will then credit the total sum of $1,050.00 USD into your PayPal account. Below is the Address where the money is to be sent using Western Union Money Transfer.
Please note:Note: As this transaction was done via our e-mail payments service, any inquiries and necessary information should be sent to us by directly replying to this message, because of the status of this transaction, it has not been passed on to our customer care phone service section, and all inquiries should be directed to this e-mail address as it is the one monitored for your transaction.
We wish to inform you that Fawn Adams has made her intentions known to PayPal that she will like $350.00 USD to be sent to the recipient's address above via Western Union Money Transfer.
Click here to locate nearest Western Union Agent in your area or send money online.
Looks legit, right? Well, ok, perhaps not when you actually LOOK at it. For example, why would Paypal encourage and assist you to use one of their competitors, Western Union? Additionally, I checked my Paypal account and there was no such deposit made. Also, why would firstname.lastname@example.org use a Gmail address? Truly we could attribute the "Wicnita KS" to a typo, but seriously? The zip is indeed Wichita, so this Jaison Moravec likely lives there. Why the FBI hasn't hunted his ass down and beaten him with a stick, I don't know. Likely because he doesn't actually exist, just like that address doesn't actually exist. I'd be more than happy to work with Western Union and give this clown the info that I sent the cash, only to have this idiot show up to get it and have them bust him...but I suppose $350 bucks isn't worth their time...Although I'm thinking I'm not the first nor last.This payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been " APPROVED" but will not be credited into your account until the MTCN # is sent to us for verification, so as to secure both the buyer and the seller. Below are the relevant information required before your account will be credited.
Questions Please Click here to contact PayPal Customer Service Department concerning this Transaction.
All you have to do is to Click here or reply directly to this email with the MTCN and the Sender's Name and Address used when sending the money through Western Union Money Transfer. You will receive a "Confirmation Email" from PayPal Service informing you that your PayPal account has been credited with $1,050.00 USD as soon as the above information's has been received and Verified by us.
Please, understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect both the Buyer and the Seller. We apologize for the inconvenience that has caused you.
Because of the inconvenience this causes we are giving you the next two incoming transfers for free! You will pay no fees for your next two incoming transfers.
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So, after emailing these clowns the following:
Worst fake ever. Seriously, you expect someone with half a brain to believe this sort of stupidityI receive this:
Scammers like you should die in a fire. Glad I didn't remove the listing from Craigslist.
You suck as a human being and as a con-artist.
We received complaint over the money sent into your PayPal account by the Fawn Adams. We have rigorously cross checked the money sent to you and was confirmed and intact but pending. We need to verify and be sure that you have sent the shippers fee via Western Union Money Transfer before your money can be funded into your PayPal account. This measure is taken for online security check for both the buyer/seller and we will like you to abide by all PayPal rules as regards this payment. Send the excess funds to the shipper in Kansas as soon as you see this email and get back to us with the receipt of the Western Union Money Transfer, so that we can verify it and credit your account with immediate effect.
We need to prove beyond all reasonable doubts that you are legitimate and that's why we need you to send us a proof of this transaction in order to secure the buyer from fraud.
Here's the email address that the Western Union Money Transfer details should be sent to: email@example.com.
Failure to abide by this specified instruction may lead to your name and address being forwarded to the law enforcement agency in your state to get you arrested because, you are practicing scam. Your account with PayPal will be blocked. In order to avoid this, send the excess funds withing 24 hours and send details to PayPal customer service department for verification. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comment on this issue at(firstname.lastname@example.org).
OOOOhhh...I know they didn't...Bringing in the FBI? Because I didn't pay them? So now I'm the scammer? Well, not so much...again, looking at the return address, it comes from email@example.com; on behalf of; firstname.lastname@example.org. [email@example.com]. Seriously? Now the FBI is using Gmail accounts to send out their investigative emails which are being sent on behalf of Paypal? Man, I'm starting to get confused? Is it the FBI or Paypal that's investigating this? Oh, and by the way, the special agent listed as the sender, has been retired for 7 months from the FBI (I didn't list him here because the guy served our country well and doesn't deserve any more bad press).
So, once again, I've told these ass-munching twits to die in a fire and please tell me their home addresses so I can come over and show them just how stupid they are.
I've not heard back yet, but I'm sure it'll be amusing. And I'll post it all here.