Fraudulent offer from GB, How to deal with it?

From: Dan Williams <>
Date: Sun Sep 5 14:08:17 2004

On Sun, 5 Sep 2004 14:15:08 EDT, <> wrote:
> I tried posting this from a different address and it didn't seem to get
> through. If this is a double post please forgive me. I need to reply soon.....
> Well I got a classic fraud offer from Great Britian today and was wondering
> how to deal with it. I would love to see the offeree busted but not sure what
> can be done.
> I posted a HP110 outfit on the classifieds of the HP Calculator Museum. Got
> a reply of interest from GB so I sent back info and got the following reply
> today. I have heard of this being perpetrated on computer collectors in the
> past so I recognize it as a scam.
> Is there any way of identifying the culprit whose name (may or may not be
> real) is posted at the end of the letter. I assume this is illegal in GB but how
> would you go about informing the authorities? I would be happy to
> participate in a sting if that is possible. I am on the west coast of the US.
> Paxton
> Astoria
> Following is the message I got today:
> Hello,
> Thanks a lot for your mail and the information, also
> for all your efforts towards making this transaction a
> success, i really love it and wish to buy as soon as
> possible. Anyway, this is how we are going to seal
> this transaction there is an associate of mine in the
> US who is owing me $2,500 i am going to instruct him
> to send you a cashier's check for that amount,and when
> it clears your bank you can now send my balance by
> Westernunion. Although i know that the value of the
> check is more than the price of the HP 110 outfit,
> 9114 disk & 2225B Printer but i am willing to trust
> you with my balance So if this offer is acceptable to
> you,let me have your contact information so that i can
> instruct my associate to send you a check,that is your
> name,address and phone number Please get back to me as
> soon as soon as you get this mail so that i can know
> your decision regards this transaction. I am banking
> on my balance so that i will be able to settle my
> shippers here in there local office because it is
> cheaper and faster.My regards to the family.
> James Cole
> =====
> James Cole
> 42-46 James Villa, Woolmer Way
> Woolmer Trading Estate
> Bordon,Hampshire
> GU35 9QF UK
> PS: Is this a good address?

Sounds bad to me, A check on revaled

squiers kitchen sugarcraft, 42-44 Woolmer Way
Total profiles ltd. 46 Woolmer way

Nothing for 45 though, it does seem that is a trading estate, you
could try ringing one of the above offices and speak to a manager
there. I'm sure they'd be interested if people are using their
business address for fraud.

Received on Sun Sep 05 2004 - 14:08:17 BST

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