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Scammer asking for a estimate for contract work

  • by: Softsonata1
  • #623
  • Jan 22, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I received a text from a man claiming to have a home he wanted the exterior painted on. He went on to ask me to accept his credit card. I responded by letting him know I am not setup to accept credit cards and asking him if his project is in my local area (Columbus, Georgia). He did not respond right away. About a week later, another text came in from him stating that he needed an estimate immediately and he HAD to be able to put it on his credit card. He went on to ask me if I would talk to my bank and see about setting up a way for him to pay with his credit card. He said that he was out of town for medical reasons and with a sale pending on the home he needed me to take his credit card for payment as soon as possible. I promised to look into it. He then wanted to know when I could get back to him and gave me a couple of days to do it. I then asked this guy is he even WANTED an estimate first? He said he did and wanted me to have an estimate and answer to his question by Friday. (This was on a Wednesday). I said I would run by the house in the morning and get back to him by Friday. Since I am a female paint contractor, I immediately became suspicious. My photo is on my site and I often worry that meeting someone at a house might be a setup. So keeping that in mind, I asked the man for his name. He had asked me for mine and I had given it. He said his name was James Clark and he would talk to me on Friday. I logged onto the county property tax site to look at the address he had given me. The property was in fact for sale, but the owner's name was not the same as the name he had given me.

Trying not to condemn anyone without cause, I rode straight over there. There were cars in the driveway and the house looked like it had just received a coat of paint. I contacted the Real Estate agent who's name was on the sign. She confirmed that the house had just been painted, and called the owner to double check and see if they, or someone in their family had been looking for a painter, or had been texting one. It was a big old fat "NO". I decided then not to take this seriously and did not correspond with him again. He tried calling me tonight. The number he texts from is a (707) number, but the number he called from is a (813) number. I hung up on him, but he called right back. I let it go to voicemail. While I was listening to his voicemail, he texted me. He has such a thick Mid-Eastern accent, I could barely make out the vocal message but his text message was rather chastising as he didn't understand why I didn't get his information to him today. I responded by texting him that I was going to have to pass on this job but wished him luck with this project. I then sat down with Google and learned that many of these scammers are asking people to take their credit card, then they ask you to take more than they owe, upwards of thousands of dollars, and then send them the extra money to cover medical bills. Please do not take these calls seriously!
Names reported:
James Clark
Phones reported:
813-773-4987, 707-297-3908

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I have been contacted by someone to pay storage fees and I will then recieve a mass sum of money.

  • by: Janeene
  • #648
  • Jan 23, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Here is a copy of the email that was sent to me. The person/place wants to pay for storage on safety box that supposedly contains a ridiculous amount of money it. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is a scam.:

Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, United States

ATTENTION: Notice On Your Consignment Box reg #: JG1N8875BS.

In view of your inability to receive your Consignment Box reg #: JG1N8875BS originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency foreign payment service New York. This Consignment box in a metal box valued 2,316,000USD (Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via United Airlines Flight UA 4130.

I am writing to inform you that we have intercepted and investigated the said Consignment box and the investigation proved the legitimacy of its content. Note, your Consignment box was initially scheduled for delivery to you, The Diplomat who arrived with the Consignment made several attempts to reach you all efforts proved abortive so he decided to leave for his country but before he left he settled the delivery charges and left the Storage Keeping Charges unpaid due to the reasons that he did not know when you will make claim on the consignment and the Cargo and Storage Unit charges $20.00 for each day the Consignment box stays in their custody.

You are therefore advised to make contact with Mr. Mark Kelvin of All American Courier, llc, and U.S Customs Broker to assist you recover your Consignment box and deliver it to you. You can contact him through his email is: ([email protected]) to recover your Consignment or we will be compelled to list your Consignment Box as an unclaimed and maybe forfeited and moved to the United States Treasury Department for holding.

God Bless The United States of America.
Frank R.Moore,
Names reported:
Frank R. Moore
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]

Calls acting like police asking for money

  • by: Frank1
  • #664
  • Jan 24, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $1
Calls to contribute to the police dept with donations, and it's fake because on the news said that police don't ask for money.
Names reported:
Samuel Montanez, Eric Sullivan
Phones reported:

Trying to get me to accept a western union

  • by: Diamondgirl
  • #665
  • Jan 24, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
He texted only from 3am to 11am on buying jewelry. I tried to call and only received a recording. He doesn't spell correctly, so maybe a foreigner. He gave me an address:
Paul SImpson
12011 Westbrae Parkway #B
Houston TX 77031 or 70634
Phones reported:

Hotel res. confirmation scam

  • by: Hroyall
  • #668
  • Jan 24, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
They claimed my hotel reservation was audited and that I needed to give my credit card number in order to complete the reservation. I was unable to understand the name given but I called the hotel and the site through which I made the reservation and they said there was no issue with my card or res.
Names reported:
Fraud prevention dept.
Phones reported:

Federic cochran

  • by: 195559
  • #672
  • Jan 24, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $250
He has asked me to send him money to open a paypal account for his mom and son.
Names reported:
Federic Earl Cochran
Phones reported: