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Old 10-01-2009
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How to identify Scam advertisements on web sites

The basic principle
The basic principle of these scams, also known as scams ( "cunning" in English), is to convince you to transfer money using generally the Western Union or other payment methods are discouraged in this type of transaction. Indeed, contrary to what the crooks, they collect the money easily without need any secret code or proof of identity. In some countries, they need to know the name of the sender.

Hunting grounds
They contact you by email, on-site meetings and the website of classifieds. In the latter case, they will buy or sell anything in pretending or for sellers or for buyers, either for rental property, event organizers, employers ... According to the scenarios they use, they do not hesitate to create fraudulent sites to convince you of their good faith (sites carriers, banks, charities ...). In the latter case, the scammers sometimes use the technique of fishing that is, they imitate an official letter from a bank, a merchant online (eg eBay) or a payment (PayPal ), which asks you to confirm your personal information ... to recover.


Donations, sales, purchases of objects, animals, rentals ...

In the role of the buyer: It demands copies of various official documents (identity card, certificate of non pledge, logbook etc.) Which used to steal your identity in future scams. He persuades you, using false stakeholders (carriers, customs ...) you must pay a fee to cash payment, it costs you promise to include in its payments to reimburse you. It can also send you a false confirmation bank or a check falsified the amount of which is greater than the sum agreed: it requires the repayment of excess by international mandate. Concerning forged checks, the bank is sometimes several days to realize the deception. Your account is credited for a few days.

In the role of the seller (or donor): It copies a real ad, text and photos but offers an attractive price to attract the maximum number of buyers. Then, it uses virtually the same techniques that played when the buyer: customs fees, various stakeholders (banks, airlines, customs) to convince you that the item you buy is in transit, ready to be delivered . Unfortunately for you, there are setbacks and therefore additional costs to be paid to you to deduct the agreed price.

Benefits (holidays, celebrations, weddings ...)
This scam concerning musicians, photographers, theater companies ... The scammer will contact you if you come to animate an event abroad. It will reimburse all costs but you must move the ticket prices. It is very "cool" and directs you to the site of a false travel agency where you get the best price.

Job Vacancies
In this scam, the most prevalent is that of "agent". The work is to re-route packages.

To determine your employment, you request copies of official documents. It then sends you an employment contract and drum began to place orders in your name by paying with false number CB. You get these packages and re-route, as provided in your contract.

At the end of the month, when you redeem your salary, it informs you that you must pay a fee to collect the money. You make a transfer and never pay. A few weeks later, you begin to receive payments raises swindled suppliers and you have a lot of trouble ...

Dating sites
A very loving person you awash in tons of problems: you are engaged in a romantic scenario / dramatic very complicated and you struggle to escape the love of your life situations catastrophic illness of a close, death, problems with police, air tickets etc.

ANGE CROILLEMOA teacher tells you you've won the jackpot in a lottery in which you have never participated. To collect the amount you must pay fees.

Offers for loans or scholarships
Mr Papa Noel will contact you to offer you a loan. He asks you a few copies of official documents and requires the payment of interest or charges to complete the loan. It even sends you a proof that the transfer is in progress!
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Old 10-01-2009
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Re: Scam ads on sites between individuals Identifying

  • Unusually attractive offer
  • Transactions with foreign countries and especially with West Africa and some Eastern European countries.
  • Insistence on a type of payment advised in transactions between strangers (Western Union, Moneygram, swift ... list in another paragraph)
  • Fake phone number or numbers beginning with 004, 00225.00229
  • Accent incompatible with nationality Announced
  • Rewarding jobs and above all suspicion (priest, notary, diplomat, lawyer ...)
  • Police, lawyers, bankers, customs, etc. notaries. using free email addresses (ex: @ hotmail, @ yahoo, @ laposte, nantes @ @ paris ... etc) or e-mail addresses like business addresses xxxxx@financier.com or xxxxxx@consultant.com.
  • Always eager to make the transaction
  • Too many justifications given for no apparent reason
  • Receiving a payment higher than agreed and demand reimbursement of excess.
  • Intervention by a third party "trusted" (carrier, lawyer, customs, notary ...)
  • Dramatic stories to convince you to transfer money (disease, a problem with the law, investment, passports ...)
  • You ask questions but it still meets later (often, mail scams are pre-formatted as most of these crooks speak French very badly)
  • He calls you a copy of many official documents (which will enable it to steal your identity for his next scam)
  • You receive an email imitating an official letter from a bank, a merchant online (eg eBay) or a payment (PayPal), you are asked to confirm your personal information (banks may contact their customers to ask them to provide sensitive information such as passwords or IDs online)

For a transaction with a stranger, never use:
Western Union, AlertPay.com, anypay.com, AuctionChex.com, BillPay.ie, Billpoint.com, ecount.com, cardserviceinternational.com, CCAvenue, ecount, e-gold, eHotPay.com, ePassporte.com, Eurogiro, FastCash . com, Google Checkout, gcash, GearPay, Goldmoney.com, graphcard.com, greenzap.com, ikobo.com, Liberty Dollars, Moneygram.com, neteller.com, Netpay.com, paychest.com, Payko.com, payingfast . com, paypay, PostePay, Qchex.com, rupay.com, sendmoneyorder.com, stamps, Stormpay, wmtransfer.com, xcoin.com

The first thing to do is drop it. If you still want to continue:
  • Refuse any sale or purchase paid via Western Union, Moneygram ...
  • Do a search on Google with the names, emails used, fragments of sentences to see if there are similarities to other scams
  • See the list of fraudulent sites on aa419.org.


1) Find and witness
The first thing to do is to inform the maximum number of Internet users so that you are more cautious if they witness a search. So, copy on this forum:
- Emails received (taking care to remove your personal info)
- Email addresses used by scam
- In the case of a classified ad, add the address of the site where you found the ad (if possible, references to the announcement)

2) Make a report on the government portal

3) Drop complaint
Fraudsters will use your identity to continue their activity. The complaint will help to demonstrate your good faith.
Scroll to the police or the nearest police station by equipping all the information you have:
- References or transfers of money made,
- References to the person contacted: e-mail address or postal pseudos used, telephone, fax and copies of emails / correspondence ...
- Any other information that may help identify the swindler
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