Is this job that my friend accepted a scam?

My friend has accepted this job, which I think is a scam. Here's one of the emails: our customer has sent you a check for 5936. It is written out to you. An envelope will be delivered to your address via USPS, approximately on 03/25/2012. Here is the tracking number for you to track the delivery: xxxt6788. Please, let me know, as soon as the check is delivered. You need to cash the check and send the money via Western Union (Money in Minutes Service) to our customer: First name: LARA Last name: KULOVA City : Saint-Petersburg Country : Russia The best ways for you to cash the check are: 1. Deposit the check into an ATM machine of your bank (preferred, because money will be available in 1-2 days or instantly) 2. At Wal*Mart 3. Ace check Express 4. Grocery store 5. At any check cashing or cash advance store 6. At the bank which issued it 7. Cash it at your bank Please note, that if you transfer money within two business days after receiving the envelope, your commission will be higher. So if you make the transfer within two business days: Amount to be sent is 4749 The Western Union commission is 297 Your salary is 890 If you make the transfer later than that (beginning with the third business day): Amount to be sent is 5164 The Western Union comission is 297 Your salary is 475 Please, deduct all additional fees (if any) from the amount to be sent. Print out important information from this letter or carefully write it down on paper and check the spelling after filling in the Send Money form. And make sure that the receiver's name is spelled correctly on the Western Union receipt. As soon as you send the money, please e-mail me the following transfer details: 1. Western Union MTCN (10-digit control number) 2. exact transfer amount 3. the sender's and receiver's names (as shown on the WU receipt) Thank you, Financial Manager, Yes, my friend is extremely ignorant. I have to explain EVERYTHING to him, and even then, he still doesn't get it.

Asked By: OhSoJazzy - 3/23/2012
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100% scam... More
Answered By: Buffy Staffordshire - 3/23/2012
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Obvious scam. How can people be this dumb?
Answered By: Common Sense - 3/23/2012
LMAO!!! How much MORE obvious does a scam need to be before Darwinism takes over?? What legit employer, and what legit reason, has a person send you a check ONLY to send most of it right back to them??? I would love to hear the rationale for that. Your "friend" is not too bright... More
Answered By: Ryan M - 3/23/2012
Scam. She should take the cheque and bring it to the police fraud department, and see what they have to say about it.
Answered By: Star - 3/23/2012
This is the same scam that's been floating around for a long time, the only difference is now they are saying Russia instead of Nigeria.
Answered By: n2mama - 3/23/2012
Answered By: PolishJoker1999 - 3/23/2012
Oh please, he's not really falling for this one, is he? The check he receives will eventually bounce and he'll be out whatever money he has sent.
Answered By: Judy - 3/23/2012
Junk, absolutely. Just tell him to never even open such junk emails in the first place.
Answered By: Askae - 3/23/2012
Welcome to the wonderful world of scams... More
Answered By: Quick Answers - 3/23/2012
This is called money laundering and your friend is in danger of going to prison for this. Thousands of people a year are arrested for this. Your friend is laundering money for the Russian Mafia Turn that check. the envelope and copies of all emails over to your local police
Answered By: Kittysue - 3/24/2012
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