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An Inside Look At Spam Scams From Someone Who Played Along

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Back in February I posted my thoughts on a certain spam message and a copy of the email in question. A few days later, someone said they were interested in the opportunity! So, I made it clear I was just commenting on the situation, and not participating in it.

Early this morning, someone posted a new comment sharing their story about what happened when they responded to a similar email and went along for the ride. Here's what they wrote:

"the real trick to this is that they send you a bogus cheque in your name from a bogus company. I actually got caught up in one of these..fool..fool..fool. anyway, i wanted to see how far it would go, curiousity. I deposited this cheque for 48 grand in my account that they sent me, while i was waiting for it to clear, the scammers called me with some sob story that they needed a couple of grand from me while this cheque was clearing, this happened over a couple of days, and i was almost convinced, because my 10% was going to be 4,800 bucks which i thought i was going to have within 7 days after the cheque cleared. I almost sent them the money, which they gave me clear instructions to deposit somewhere in a japanese account, the guy that called me had a convincing japanese accent, but something told me that this was a scam, i didnt deposit the money, it was weird anyway, they called me a couple times more to try and convince me to deposit this money. Monday morning i get a call from the bank to let me know there was something weird about this cheque, any way, i called these japanese guys back to let them know that the bank thought there was something suspicious about their cheque, the guy hung up the phone and i never heard from him again, i tried calling the number after and it was out of service. but anyway it was quite the experience. Pretty well laid out scam, it was almost like something you would find in a movie, the plot was interesting, but nothing but a scam. alot of work must have gone into it.
scam, scam, scam-pretty good experience, if you can, send this story out to other people, i still get these same letters every now and then, i just chuckle when i see them. Sometimes i will respond to them to let them know that i know what their scam is. boy do they get offended."

COSTA COFFEE COMPANY PLC JOB OFFER!!! WORK FROM HOME!!! (Email Spam)

Monday, February 18th, 2008

I'm going to be rich. You do not understand. I've found the answer! The solution to all my financial woes! Finally I can get that new toaster…

[Begin Email]

Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 13:25:18 -0600 (CST)
Subject: JOB OFFER!!! WORK FROM HOME!!!.
From: "COSTA COFFEE COMPANY PLC"

JOB OFFER!!! WORK FROM HOME!!!.

DATE:18th February,2008
FROM:COSTA COFFEE COMPANY PLC.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Would you like to Work Online from home and get paid
Weekly without leaving or affecting your present Job?
COSTA COFFEE COMPANY PLC.Needs a Book-Keeper in USA.
We have Customers that we supply weekly around the world.Our
Customers make payments for our supplies every week in form of
Money Orders,Bankers Draft and Cashier's Checks,Checks which are
not readily Cashable Outside the United States and the country of
issuance.

All you Need to do is to Receive payment from Customers.
Get it Cashed at your Bank or any Financial
institution that does such tasks, then
Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any
of the offices you will be contacted to send
payment to.(Payment is to forwarded either by Money Gram or
Western Union Money Transfer).
For example you've got 4000.00USD
You take your income: 400.00 USD (10%)
Send to us: 3600.00 USD

You'll have a lot of free time doing another job,you'll get good
income and regular job.
N/B: IF INTERESTED PLEASE REPLY TO MR FRANK JAMES AT
costa.coffee5687@googlemail.com WITH THE DETAILS BELOW :
=======================================
APPLICATION FORM FOR COSTA COFFEE COMPANY PLC.
FULL NAMES:_________________________________
GENDER:_________________________________
DATE OF BIRTH:_________________________________
NATIONALITY:_________________________________
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:_________________________________
MARITAL STATUS:_________________________________
HOME ADDRESS (Where payment will be sent to{NO P.O BOX ADDRESS})
STREET:_________________________________
CITY:_________________________________
STATE:_________________________________
ZIP CODE:_________________________________
PRIVATE TELEPHONE NUMBER:_________________________________

Thank you for your time.
I Await your Urgent Response.

Mr.Frank James,
DIRECTOR,INTERNATIONAL TRANSACTION.
COSTA COFFEE COMPANY PLC HEAD OFFICE
996 RAMA 9 RD,BANGKAPI..BANGKOK…THAILAND

[End Email]

So, great! They have me deposit a bogus check, and I feel a tad wealthier. Then I pay my own good money to a third party. Soon after, their original check bounces, and I've lost the money I paid out. So who makes money? Only their "offices."