I am pretty certain this is a scam.?
Okay. So this was a craigslist ad I responded to. He Claimed he was Sean Williams from Furniture Mart, based out of Houston, and needed some office help, and that he was going to buy my office equipment, for me. No real red flags by any of it. His story was holding up, I didn't have to sign up for anything. He asked me to get UPS and FedEx Accounts, both of which require my credit card, so here I was getting iffy, And he kept pressuring me to see a Waybill? Like, he told me to order them, and when i said that you can print them offline, he was like, "let me see. Can I see?" etc. Oddly pushy, so I blacked out my personal info that was on my mock one, and put sample across it, so if he was making counterfeit ones, or whatever, he couldn't use me. So then today, the money for my office equipment is delivered to me Via UPS, and when I open the package, the check says it's from "The Jewish Community Federation", and is signed by Martin Luther King, Jr. His instructions is to take the money I need out of it, then Wire the rest to A Tonya C. Case. Who is listed on the envelope as the "Shipper". And it said it was shipped from Brittiny Meyer, from East Lansing, MI. So what I think the scam is, is that they sent me a hot check, a la "Catch me if you can", and I go and cash it, and spend some, and wire some to this Tonya person, then they're like, "Hey, Um. this check was a fake. Give us the money back" but it's already with "Tonya", so I get fucked over. I mean, If Tonya was the sender, why send me extra money? At this point, I get Very suspect, and Check the internet, and Tonya, Sean, Brittiny, all don't have internet presence at all. So I'm pretty sure it's a scam. but I don't know what to do about it.
Asked By: Sam Allmon - 5/3/2011
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100% scam... More
Answered By: Buffy Staffordshire - 5/3/2011
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One answer to that LEAVE IT ALONE! it's aviously a scam so just ignore it..
Answered By: Christian Martinez - 5/3/2011
yep, sounds like a scam, i guess you could have the bank hold the check till it clears, right? but yea, probably a scam. Wait..martin luther king jr.? I know that name from somewhere, sounds legit, my checks from Captain kirk always pay out.
Answered By: TaintedJ - 5/3/2011
This is a scam and it's been around a very long time. In the news etc. and everything... More
Answered By: Lassie - 5/3/2011
It`s a well known scam, the check will later be found to be fraudulent, and the bank will want the money back, only one loser, you.
Answered By: Trish - 5/3/2011
You knew it was a scam as soon as it was not local, cash, and face-for-face... More
Answered By: Nada Chance - 5/3/2011
It's a classic money laundering scam. Contact your local FBI field office to report this http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm -- they will advise if they want you to forward the check and copies of all emails to them or to just shred the check and block the person from contacting you... More
Answered By: Kittysue - 5/3/2011
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