Recently I've been advertising a room for rent and a few days ago received an eager response via I was almost immediately suspicious of it, and my intuition proved correct. What follows is an email-by-email account of my conversation with "Bayo Morgan", and how I'm trying to turn the tables on the scammer.I'll be updating this entry as the conversation progresses... Dear Paul, Thanks for your concern,i appreciate your mail,the price is okay for me i really love the place, please i will want you to get back to me so that we can arrange for fast payment because i really love it.i will appreciate it if you can do everything under your control so as to help me secure this place cos i really like it and i will want you to know that i will be staying for 16weeks starting from july.
i will be waiting for your mail as soon as possible regards Bayo Morrin.
weird: I've never heard of anyone pre-paying residential rent.
Still, I wouldn't complain ;-) (Let's forgive that anyone with 30s spare and a calculator could work out that amount–all the info is on the webpage!
) Curious, I dig a little and suggest switching to voice: Paul Makepeace wrote: Hi Bayo, Whereabouts are you right now? If the guy's in the US, what's with the uk address? So we're into some bizarre transaction involving family, differing amounts, Western Union (notable for providing no recompense whatsoever), international transfers, requesting lots of personal information, ...
I think it would be a good idea if you saw the place and we met first. If the person was actually from the UK I think that would've leaked into the conversation somehow. Now I'm sure it's a scam so I kick in with a search engine, looking for the guy's name: wisenut: bayo morgan". Taken from this page on cheque (check) over-payment scam, the target arranges a cheque for the victim. Just skimming those results, "Nigeria country code 234", "234 country code] As a fellow Nigerian, I hate to see the abuse of the internet for cheap money making schemes and SPAM.", there's really no doubt at this point. In the traditional 419 scam (so named as 419 is the code of the Nigerian fraud statutes; read more), the perp asks for a few thousand to lubricate the transfer of several million.
We can arrange the details if everything else works. There's a discrepancy around "arriving assoon as this transaction is through" and "i will be staying for 16weeks starting from july". I have one of my uncle who was oweing my dad ,500pounds before he passed away. One result: Virago Star Owners Club - VSOC News - Scams - Beware. The victim deposits it, it appears in the victim's account whereupon they're pressured into providing the difference. Anyway, let's see if I can speak direct to "uncle": What kind of number is that? (Ironically, I've written a page, how to write a phone number). I'm going to try something similar, have Dear Bayo - This is great, looking forward to it!Cheers, Paul (07814 728381) Dear paul, i got your mail,i amin the usa right now and i am coming over there to school.i will be arriving assoon as this transaction is through if i caome now i will not havea place to stay before you hand overthe keys to me so i will like you help me through out this time please. I do his math for him, and solicit some feedback on the webpage. It would be one month's deposit = 720pounds + one month's rent up front. I will instruct him to make out a check to you in that amount and as soon as it clears in your bank you can now deduct your money from it and send my balance via western union international transfer. Spoke with him and we're going to need your help for the transfer.Paul Makepeace wrote: What is the earliest you are looking to move in? (rent (650) + bills (70) = 720) It might be easiest to call me - 011 44 7814 728381 Paul Dear Paul, Thanks for your concern,i appreciate your mail the price is okay for me i really love the place, i am a student,i will not be able to come and view the place since i am not in uk so i will like you to do everything under your control so as to help me secure this place cos i really like it and i will want you to know that i will be staying for 4months starting from july. Although the value of the check is more than the money for the rental duration. My bank is going to charge me to accept the cheque.please confirm the price for the 4months duration,also payment will me made in UK,please do not hesitate to ask any question if there is any. but i think i should be able to trust you with my balance. I need you to send me ASAP so I can take the cheque.i will be waiting for your mail as soon as possible. Paul Makepeace wrote: Hi Bayo, Four months = 720 * 4 = 2880 One month's deposit = 720 (returnable when you leave of course). My only concern is that if you want it from July 1 then the room will be empty for two weeks (now 'til then). the reason why i am doing this is that it will take a check sent from over here in U. A, 32days to clear over there, whereas check sent from within the UK would clear tops within 3days because immediately you receive it you are going to take it to the cashing point or deposite it . We could use Western Union International transfer or a US paypal account or similar.I will also use part of the balance to move from my present location to your place and some of my belongings,so if my terms are acceptable to you,i will like you to deduct the western union international transfer charges from my balance as give me your full name address and phone numbers so that i can instruct my uncle to make out the check to you. It's just a small amount, no-one should worry, but it would help me out cashing the cheque. Cheers, Paul And that's where we leave our story for now... If you're dying for more, check out the 419 scambaiting site where they have 419'ers perform silly tricks... Hey Paul Nice one, I got one going on right now too, and will post that to my blog! My one involves God, Missionaries, the chruch writing me a cheque, wanting food with the price.......I have got a nice little number in store for 'Pastor Tina' I have one that just started today. says that he is a "legal practitioner" in the UK going on a one year sabbatical. LOL Gonna see if I can get a grand sent as an application/reservation fee.