Masters felt he was getting a good deal and purchased the tools.
When they didn’t arrive, Masters assumed they had been lost in shipping.
How they work: Scammers use online dating sites to form relationships with people who are looking for love.
Once they’ve built up enough trust, the scammers begin asking for money “to pay medical expenses for a sick aunt” or some other ruse.
“I write to you in good faith and trust that you will take a moment to consider the contents of this letter.
I am Andreas Peterson, the Chief Auditor of Lloyds Financial Services Ltd, United Kingdom.” Sound familiar?
Unscrupulous criminals, often based in Nigeria, Russia, or elsewhere, use Craigslist, Monster.com, newspaper classifieds, and other outlets to rope the naïve unemployed into envelope-stuffing or financial services “jobs” that are really fronts for money laundering and identity theft. The woman would allegedly accept packages, sell the contents, retain 20% of the profits and then wire the remaining funds back to unknown suspects in Nigeria.
Here are three e Bay scams taking place across the country. A few things were suspicious, but nothing was implausible.
The posting said the parts, which were listed well below market value, were in China and would need to be shipped overseas.
He’s willing to share the windfall with you, provided you help him transfer the money overseas.
Scammers like Andreas persist because every now and again someone takes the bait.