Internet Fraud Alert - Scams|
While most people are good, honest folks - there are a few scams on the internet that you should be aware of before selling or buying items.
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NEW SCAM ALERT: Sellers are responding to YT photo ad and classified ad inquiries with the following False information. Yesterday's Tractors does not sell or broker tractors or any third party items. Actual email example:
Yes is still available for sale and thank you for your interest in my 1997 NEW HOLLAND 7740SL 4X4 86 HP.The total price is :4,400 Usd (shipping included)
I worked in USA for the past 6 months and I purchased the tractor there.
My company wanted me back home,so currently I'm in Italy.
I didn't bring it home with me because the tractorhave US Standard,and so it's difficult driving it in Italy.
The tractor is in good condition,as no technical damage at all,no scratches or dents,no hidden defects,no smoking.Technical inspection and emissions testing is passed and stamped as well.
It has title of ownership,cleared of any obligations or fees and comes with all the documents you need to register it.
The tractor is now located at the Yesterday' Tractor Headquarters in Columbus,Oh.
The tractor will be shipped and insured by Yesterday's Tractor Headquarters so every single step of our transaction will be supervised by Yesterday's Tractors. They will act as a 3rd party for our transaction. You will not have to pay additional taxes for this.To be able to receive or pick up the tractor you'll have to make a $990 USD deposit.The rest of money you will send me when you will receive,verify and register the tractor on your name.
After you inspect the tractor if anything seems wrong you'll be able to receive a refund.
Please send me your full name and shipping address to forward them to Yesterday's Tractor. They will contact you with all the information you need.
Thanks for your interest,please feel free to email me any questions or concerns you may have.
Counterfeit Cashier's Check & Money Transfer Scams
1. Distant buyer offers a high-value (but fake) cashier's check in exchange for your item
2. Distant seller requests payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
- you receive an odd email (actual examples sent to YT sellers below) offering to buy your item site unseen.
- cashier's check is offered for your sale item, as a deposit for an apartment, or just about anything else.
- value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item - buyer asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service
- banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR
- scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc)
3. Distant seller offers to send you a cashier's check and then have you wire money:
- seller often claims that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
- common items currently: laptops, plasma TVs, cell phones, tickets - but could be almost anything - including antique tractors.
- common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, Spain, UK, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere
- deal often seems too good to be true
4. Distant seller suggests use of an online escrow service.
- this is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience - the cashier's check is FAKE
- sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not
- scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check
- deal often seems too good to be true
5. distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods
- most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers
- for more info, do a google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud"
- if you must do business with a distant seller, insist on a legitimate service, such as www.escrow.com
We've blocked a lot of IP ranges, had numerous scammer emails blocked, and are monitoring federal scam information sites in an attempt to curtail these kind of scams .. in the meantime, it's BUYER BEWARE.
- he says he trusts you with the partial payment
- he may say he has already shipped the goods
- deal often sounds too good to be true
for local police help, call the non-emergency police number in your local phone book.
For governmental assistance, you can contact the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, or call the FTC toll-free at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or use the complaint form at www.ftc.gov, or call the Canadian PhoneBusters hotline toll-free at 1-888-495-8501.
Actual examples of scam emails sent to YT sellers:
My name is bobic james,I have a client that is interested in buying your item, he informed me that the payment will be remmited via a certified cashiers check.Is the price you listed for the item
firm? In order to conclude the deal as soon as possible, the cashiers check that will be sent to you will include the
money for the sales of your item and the shippers fees for organising a home pick up service.You do not need to worr
y as my shipping company will come to pick item up from your base for shipment.. What I want to clarify is that will y
ou be able to send the shipping charges to the shipping agent in United Arab Emirates through Western Union Money Tran
sfer method as soon as you get and cashed the check and you deduct the money for the sales of your item?If you agree t
o assist in this capacity, send your full name, your address and phone numbers, For he check to be issued and sent to you. Thanks, bobic
This is a purchase enquiry in response to your advertised ad ( 1945 John Deere A
R ) for sale. Let you know that one or two pic(s) of this would really be a driving
force for me to proceed from here. And if there is a change in the advertised state & condition, then let me know. Th
is is also to bring to your attention that payment will be issued in the mode of a Certified Cashiers Banker's Check .
Anyway, l'd made enquiry for this just because of the passion for it. Particularly my wife who is monitoring and makin
g sure that l embark on this purchase. And I would appreciate it even more if on your part you would handle this trans
action successfully ( exhibit a high level of professoinalism, sincerity ), as I do take a giant step in purchasing it.
All shipping expenses/ handling and proceedings to my home shall be taken care of by me - ( l am seeing into the shipme
nt myself because l do owe an allegiance to the shipping company that is going to handle the shipment, hence my stickin
g with them). And the payment shall (upon my requests and instructions to my Financial group ) be issued/ made payabl
e and post mailed to you. Hence I do require the following payment informations so as to forward them for an immedia
te payment issuance ; -YOUR FINAL ASKING PRIVE ? -NAME AS IT IS TO APPEAR ON THE CHECK ? -CONTACT ADDRESS OF THE RECI
PIENT ? -CONTACT PHONE NUMBER ? (so I could call you if need be). *Note* All informations given shall be kept confide
ntial and only be used for this transaction. Once again thanks for the confidence in me and l do Look forward to a su
ccessful transaction with you in good faith and trust. Thanks for the understanding. Sincerely, David O.Powell
Dearest Seller, How are you?Am interest in the Styled WC gas tank,I am in
terested and I would be willing to buy it and also I did like to know about the conditions of it and also if any availab
le Pics availbale kindly give it out to me and am also very ok at the price.I am located in Canada and have an Internati
onal shipping agent that will come pick it up from your location and ship to me the Item.I will arrange for payment by s
ending your full name and address to my client in the States who is owing me the amount of $4,987 to issue you a cashier
cheque for this amount. which is a refund for a cancelled order I placed with him, and being a refund the amount can on
ly be written on a single check.I know it is more than the Item but after getting the check, I need you to cash it and d
educt cost of the Item then do me a favour of wiring the remaining balance to my International shipper via Western Union
Money Transfer/Money gramme and the address of my international shipper in the state will be sent to you as soon as you
cash the check so that the balance can be sent to me for the pick up the Item in your Location.You can deduct of the Sh
ipment cost for the Charges for wiring the remaining balance to be send to the INTERNATIONAL SHIPPER After this is done
and They have the money, They will then come down to your location for the pick it up of the Item to my Location in Albe
rta. So, confirm this and send your full name and address including phone # for mailing the check payment to you as soon
as possible. Waiting for your urgent reply. Regards
HELLO I was opportuned to see your advertise engine .So I picked interest in it, moreso with the full description that was attached to with the advert ,kindly get back to me with your selling price. Also i will like to know if you will accept a certified personal cheque or money order for the payment .Since I have not seen the pictures i will like to know it's present condition, kindly tell me if the engine as ever been involve in any form of accident ? If yes, Don't hesitate to tell me the affected part. Your fast responce will highly be appreciated . Regards
hello am a male from usa am 49 i wanna buy ur product and am paying by cheque pls kindly mail me back and send me if u will like to collect cheque thanx
Hello,my name is Mr TERRY RON and i'm intereted in buying advertised goods. So i will want you to give me the last price and tell me its present condition so that i can make the check payment to you as soon as possible.Regards and hope to hear from you soon. NB; that i'm seriously in need of the advertised goods and i will want you to consider it sold to me.
i am a canada citizen but i work in nigeria.
Hello, I'm smith desmond ,.I am interested in your[ ] and I'll like to know your last offering price if it will be okay with me. before I'll be making my payment .If you do I want you to get in touch with me immediately for me to proceed with the Payment. As for the shipping I'll contact a shipper agent of mine who will arranged for the Pick up as soon as the transaction is sealed and i wil like you to get back to me.while i will like you to send the pics to me through my email ads.I'll be looking forward to your response.Thanks and Have a Nice day . .Regards, mr desmond smith.
Hello Am louise, i want to buy, have been seen your ads you post Ford Pickup for sale, am interested to buy,kindly let me know if it still availeble for the and the present condition regard it and the picture kindly let me know your last offer.the pick up will be hold by my company shipper I will be expecting your possitive response . thanks louise bill
My name is Lloyd Travis, I have a client that is interested in buying your item,he informed me that the payment will be remmited via money order. I was also told to inquire if the price you listed for the item is firm?In order to conclude the deal as soon as possible, the money order that will be sent to you will include the money for the sales of your item and the shippers fees for organising a home pick up service.You do not need to worry as my shipping company will come to pick the item up from your base for shipment. What I want to clarify is that will you be able to send the shipping charges to the shipping agent in United Kingdom through Western Union Money Transfer method as soon as you get and cash the money order and you deduct the money for the sales of your item?If you agree to assist in this capacity , send your full name,your address and phone numbers.Thank you "Lloyd"
Goodday, I saw your advert placement and i'm interested in purchasing the 1957 john deere 820 diesel and i will like to know the last price for the equipment,so let me know the present state of the equipment and don't bother yourself concerning the shipping of the equipment as i have a reputable shipping comapny that will handle the shipping for me........,kindly get back to me soon. Best regards. Murphy.
I just placed a quote on this item which you advertise at www.yesterdaystractors.com and i am highly intrested in,and my client will only raise a certified check for the sales of your item and the entire shipping charges of the item. This means the check that will be sent to you will include the money for the sales of your item and shipping charges.In order to conclude this transaction. Will you be able to wire back the shipping charges immediately you receive and cash the check to the shipping agent?send your full name and your full contact address including phone number on where i will send the payment to. And i shall instruct my client to send the payment by express priority mail to you which you will receive withing 3-5days.To further show your willingness to sell this item for my client,reply me back and how often can i trust you that you will wire the excess back to the shipping agent?. I am waiting to hear from you soon to make the check out asap.
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