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#1765 by kari777 Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:02 pm
My husband publish a adv in Craiglist and received a couple of emails that look very similar. Person who arrived to the USA and want some housekeeper, maintenance work and wnat to pa upfront in money orer ( western union ) and need it our adresss, phone number,etc.
are those reals? It sound weir to me that thse people want to pay before to even meet us, but my husband want to give it a shot.
pCan somebody help me?
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#1766 by Scam Patroller Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:07 pm
Hi Kari, yes, that will be a scam, it bears all the hallmarks of a typical fake check scam, Craiglist is a scamemrs paradise, to give you some idea, I placed a fake advert on Craiglist, just to get scamemrs to reply to me, I received 52 replies over a 48 hour period, all wanting to send me checks for something they thought I was selling.

The reason they want to pay you up front, is so that they can send a fake check to you, which you will cash, then the scammer will say there has been a problem, and they can't come after all, so they will ask you to send the money back to them via Western Union, a short time later, your bank will inform you that the check you deposited was fraudulent, you are now left to pay back the full value of that fake check to your bank, because you have sent the money to the scammer.

Please post the full headers from the email you received, that will let us know which country the scammer is emailing you from, if you don't know how to get the full headers, tell us which email client you are using, Yahoo, Hotmail etc, and we will tell you how to get them to post here.
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#1767 by kari777 Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:20 pm
here are the adress of the email that I received
vivica rose <v_rose11111111>
Enviado el: Sunday, August 19, 2007 11:37:40 PM
Para: xxxxx xxxxx <xxxxx>
Asunto: urgent
Thank you for the information

Mod edit - edited to remove your email address - SP

#1768 by Scam Patroller Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:25 pm
Thank you, although you didn't give the full headers, it is a scammer, their [email protected] email address is listed on our sister site at 419eater.com, see this page for her scam email:

http://forum.419eater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=119747

This is the scam email from that link that the scammers sends out:

Cleaning
[email protected]


hello ,
how are you doing,Am Vivica Roseby name,a medical doctor born and brought up in Ireland presently i am in West Africa for an holiday with my daughter for tour(Trade fair TINAPA) that is newly open in west africa CALABAR. I saw your advert about you keeping households clean at www.craigslist.org, and i really need an householder that can really take care of my household properly when i arrive the city and not around in the neighourhood, with an helping hand of taking care of my daugther which is 6yr old and i decided to email you if you are still available for the job.So please i want you to get back to me if you are still available
to help me with the new place i am about to get is in the city with the help of Realty/Or If You could be trustworhty to help me with an apt/rooms.

1.What kind of household do you keep
(Cleaning,washing,babysitting
e.t.c)
2. How much will you charge per hour/weekly/monthly ?
3.For how long will you do the house keeping per day
and for long?
4. where do you reside (Which city are you in ? )
5.Will you like to stay in my home while you work?
6. which weekly days will you come to clean my place?
7 Are you a Male Or Female and How Old are You?
8.Where are your areas of working areas (so i can know if it is close to my place or i can reside close to )
i will wait for your response if you are still
available for the job and i will need you to get back
to me with the question i asked you above,So i can
know my next step because i will like to pay you
upfront before my prompt arrival.waiting to read from
you soonest.
Vivica Rose
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#1769 by kari777 Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:29 pm
yes it was yahoo and it it the same email that you post it there.
Thank you very much!!

#1770 by Scam Patroller Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:31 pm
You're welcome, Kari, feel free to post any time you think you may be being scammed, and I would advise you to avoid Craigslist if possible, as you will be contacted by scammer after scammer!

Please tell your family and friends about these type of scams, the more peoople who are forewarned about them, the less victims there will be.

Remember, if it seems to good to be true, then it is.

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