Victims - Where are you!!!!
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Author:  admin [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Victims - Where are you!!!!

I am getting calls again from news media in different areas of the country, so I thought I better send out the call and get updated info on everyone out there.

If you would be interested in talking to someone in the media in your area please send an email to me

Subject: Scam Victim - (name of the state you live in)

Information to include:
Your name
Your COMPLETE mailing address
Your daytime phone number
Your evening phone number
Your email address

If you want to include when you were scammed and how much you lost that would be helpful for us to keep some "statistics" also.

If I am contacted by a member of the media from your state I will pass this information on to them so that they can contact you directly. The only thing that I ask is that you mention in your interview.

Do not post the message to this board. It is not safe to have that kind of information out there where anyone can read it. Make sure you email it right to me.


Author:  admin [ Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:03 pm ]
Post subject:  It is working!

I think that our letter writing campaign may be working!

I have been contacted by a major network evening news show and they are putting together a story on victims of scams and they would like to talk to recent victims of these scams . . . . so if you are a RECENT VICTIM (in the past year) and would be interested in sharing your story with them, please send me (privately)

your full name
your mailing address
your daytime phone number
your evening phone number
your email address

so that I can pass that information on to them and they can contact you directly.


Author:  armac [ Wed Jul 19, 2006 6:16 pm ]
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Shawn kind of off subject but we in the banking industry are working towards reducing counterfeit fraud. With a new report we have put together we have caught 12000 dollars worth of bad Postal Money Orders this month alone, we have had about 200 dollars worth of loss.

Education of the bank employees and customers is the only way to end this fraud.

Author:  admin [ Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Media is our friend!

The power of the media is amazing! I am once again getting emails and phone calls from members of the media who would like to help spread the word about these scams and would like to speak with victims.

If you would be interested in talking to someone in the media please send an email to me

Subject: Scam Victim - (name of the state you live in)

Information to include:
Your name
Type of scam you were a victim of
Your COMPLETE mailing address
Your daytime phone number
Your evening phone number
Your email address

Specific areas that we are looking for right now are
New York
New Jersey
North Carolina
Washington DC

But even if you are NOT in one of these areas, if you are still willing to speak to the media at some point, PLEASE EMAIL ME. (I will just hold on to your information until I am contacted by media in your area . . . you never know who is going to call us tomorrow!)


Author:  reverse [ Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:35 pm ]
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You are not getting many posts lately, are people posting their experiences on other boards?

Author:  admin [ Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:25 am ]
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Some victims do not like to post their information/stories . . . there are many that come here just to look and learn.

Author:  reverse [ Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:29 pm ]
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If no one shares no one can learn....................

Author:  admin [ Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:36 pm ]
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I agree, but for some people taking that first step can be hard. When you become a victim to these scams you are afraid and confused and don't know where to turn and who you can go to for information.

I am one of those women with a big mouth who will tell everyone and anyone when she does not like something, so I did not have issues with that. :lol:

I am just glad that the people who are comfortable sharing their information have a place where they can do that, and that those who are not ready to share yet have a place where they can learn that they are not alone.

Author:  spicynsweet1 [ Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:34 pm ]
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I PM'd you my information. I agree with sharing one's story so that many can benefit from it.


Author:  admin [ Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:17 pm ]
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Thanks . . . I will keep your contact information on file so if we get reporters in your area that are looking to speak with people I can hook you up with them. I am hoping that in 2008 we can get even more media attention to the problem of these scams!

Author:  spicynsweet1 [ Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:36 pm ]
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Shawn it is my pleasure.

Author:  angyinOR [ Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Just received $1950 in USPS money orders TODAY!

So, you say you're looking for "counterfeit money order" victims? Well, I guess I'm the latest... :(

Matter of fact, below is a copy of the "employment offer letter" I recently received:

January 17,2008
GU Xiuying
Suzhou WestStation Weaving Factory

Dear Angela,

Further to your application and resume reviewed, I am pleased to offer you the job with effect from January 17,2008. This appointment is for six (6) months probation in the first instance. However, your appointment may be confirmed on or before the expiration of the probation period if your performance is satisfactory. Your total is $24,000 (Twenty Four Thousand Dollars) per annum subject to appropriate taxes NSITF contributions.

While you are on probation, your appointment may be terminated by either the company or you by giving two weeks notice or payment in lieu of such notice. The company however reserves the right to terminate your appointment summarily if your continuous stay is judge to be detrimental to operational activities.

On satisfactory completion of your probation, your appointment shall be confirmed in writing. Thereafter either the company or you may terminate your appointment by giving one month notice or payment in lieu of such notice. On conformation, you will be entitled to other benefits as applicable to permanent staff of your status in our establishment.
On exit from our services you are expected to undergo an exit clearance. You are expected to abide by the instructions given to you as our representative. Other conditions of service as contained in the employee's handbook will form and be construed as part of this contract of employment.

Please note that the company reserves the right to transfer you to other departments or assign other duties as deemed necessary. You will be reporting directly to me and you must obtain your job discription from me in good time, as this would facilitate your appraisal during probation.
You will carry out an assignment soon. A payment will be issued to you and you will process the payment as you will have it cash at your bank, deduct your weekly payment and transfer the remainder to a company manager in Ghana or kenya through Western Union Money Transfer.
Finally, we look forward to a mutually benefiting relationship with you.

Accept my congratulations!

Yours faithfully,
GU Xiuying
Suzhou WestStation Weaving Factory

So... here it is now, one week later and I receive almost 2k in USPS (United States Postal Service) money orders that I am to deduct my $400 for my weekly pay and send Western Union the balance to a "company" in Kenya. However, I DID NOT cash them, as I've been suspicious from jump... After taking them to my bank this afternoon and asking the favor of photocopying them (so that I have paper trail of everything), the bank manager happens to oversee the transaction and leans in and says "you do know the person who sent these to you don't you?"... so then I was like "uhhh, YA, why?"... he proceeds to tell me about these EBAY scams that have been taking place, both with WalMart money orders and USPS money orders where the buyer "accidently" sends too much money, then requests it be sent back via wire transfer.... so he just wanted to make sure that I did in fact know the payee and that everything was on the up & up. At that point, I didn't really know what to say, other than "well, ya, I've been doing some work for this company but that this was the first time he's paid me in money order form, rather than a check" ...and I proceed to tell him I will go ahead and take them to the post office to make sure they're valid. Good idea. Then again, this wonderful exciting day was just about to come to an end and I was gettin pissed! So, I went ahead and drove to the closest PO and took in only ONE of the 3 money orders (@ $650 ea.) to verify it's legitimacy. And guess what?... SURE ENOUGH, they're freakin FAKE!! Needlesstosay, he said he couldn't give it back to me but that it had to be confiscated and given to the Postal Inspector. And it was crazy because when he held it up next to a real money order, they look sooooo close.. no wonder the banks cash them! The fakes even have the Benjamin Franklin watermark and the security thread, just not exact to the color.

Anyway, I am now so extremely pissed off because when I received them this morning I was SO happy because I've been unemloyed now for 6 months, looking for work like a mad-woman! :) And it's so hard because I'm a single mom with 2 kids and no child support, so this income would have really helped me out... so this A-HOLE really played with my emotions. Seriously, when my daughter got home from school this afternoon, she was SO excited when I told her that we finally got to go grocery shopping!! I know, PATHETIC huh!!??

If you have any suggestions of what I should do next, let me know. I still have the remaining 2 money orders and I don't know what to do first, call the news/media, the police... or curse out this jerk in an email! HELP!!!!

Author:  russellj84 [ Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:04 am ]
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You should turn in the others to the postal inspectors as well. The police won't do much since you did not lose money and they will file them in a cabinet with all the others they have. The postal inspectors will actually look into it.

After that I would contact the media and see if they might run a story on you just to help prevent it from happening to anyone else.

Then I would count my blessings that I didn't get scammed.

I would NOT send any angry emails or any further emails to the guy that tried to scam you since he does still have all of your personal information including your address. Provoking him could result in personal harm to you and your children. Again count your blessings and move on. Best of luck to you and I am sorry this scum bag got your hopes up only for them to be crushed. Things will work out in the end.

Author:  admin [ Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:32 pm ]
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another thing you can do is contact your local state representatives and ask for more attention and awareness brought to these scams

check out this thread for more info ... php?t=2752

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