Is this a scam? (Western Union advice)?
So I'm looking to buy a camera off ebay, and on the bottom of the page there was the option to buy the item for the asking price instead of bidding. I contacted the person, and after a couple of exchanged messages, i get this last night: "Hi again, I will send you the item first but I want to have a warranty that this is not a joke. Here is what You need to do! You will need to locate a (www.westernunion.com) WesternUnion office. Go to one of them and send the money ($1000) in cash to a friend name, father name or to your brother name but in Manchester/ United Kingdom.He do not need to live in Manchester. You must do this because if you will send the money to me then you can think that I will take the money and run. But if your father will be the receiver of the money then only he can pick up the money in Manchester/United Kingdom (deduct western union fees). Scan the paper of the transfer so I can be sure that the money are sent and you are a real customer. I will send the item fast to you after you proof me that you have send the money with a scan paper of you transafer (I will check your transfer with WesternUnion). When you receive the item and inspect it... you call WesternUnion to change the receiver name with my name so I can pick up the funds.Please excuse me but I can't use PayPal at this moment as I am in divorce at this moment with my wife and all my accounts including PayPal are blocked till the end of the divorce , that is why I have to use wire transfer In my way YOU CAN LOSE ONLY WesternUnion FEES... . Let me know" From the very beginning this was a red flag to me. But I know very little about Western Union and how it works. So if anyone can provide some insight on this I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
Asked By: ThatGuy - 11/29/2012
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
100% scam... More
Answered By: Buffy Staffordshire - 11/29/2012
Additional Answers (5)
Anything off ebay that asks to use western union/moneygram is a scam. In fact any online transactions with those are a scam
Answered By: Jerry H. - 11/29/2012
This is 100% a scam... More
Answered By: raina_vissora - 11/29/2012
I see this as a big red flag... More
Answered By: Tori K - 11/29/2012
Write back and demand to see a copy of the legal papers preventing access to his Paypal account due to getting a divorce. He won't produce them because he's full of s**t and trying to steal your money. ANY time a deal isn't done in the "normal" way, it's a scam. The normal way is that you pay with Paypal, etc., and he... More
Answered By: Froll - 11/29/2012
its a total scam, if you scan him the payment papers there is nothing to stop him from assuming that name and collecting the cash and you will never see any camera if one even exists, ive seen this type of scam a few times, usually anything to do with western union is a scam unless you personally know the person, also... More
Answered By: D McC - 11/29/2012
Over 483 Local Jobs Now Hiring In Your Area. $18-$87/Hr - Apply Today!
$21/hr Start, Avg Pay $72K/yr No Experience Needed! Get Started.
Click. Search. Apply. Free!
Jobs hiring near your local area. Part-time, Full-time, Work at home.
Other Career Questions
Do most mechanical engineering jobs offer job security?
What is your current job? Why did you choose this job? What do you enjoy about your job? What do you dislike about your job? What would be your perfect job? Would you rather have this j...
Where are the jobs? Is productivity and globalization creating a permanent “recession” of jobs? My main issue is I am doing a paper for school and have no idea where to begin. I was hoping suggestions...
Content is not owned or controlled by Monster. Any content concerns should be addressed with Yahoo!
Yahoo! Does not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any Yahoo! Answers content. Yahoo! Disclaimer.
Best-Paying Work-from-Home Jobs
It’s easier than ever to work from home. Of course, not every job is a mobile job, and some companies aren’t interested in having their employees work from home.
2013 Marketing Jobs Outlook
The US may be facing another year of anemic hiring overall, but that won't be the case in the high-orbit world of multichannel, digital media marketing.
2013 Engineering Jobs Outlook
Engineers will find job opportunities in select disciplines in 2013, with candidates who are all-around, client-oriented businesspeople in demand.
Best-Paying Jobs by Major
What could you earn with a particular four-year degree? Find out by checking out this list of the top-paying jobs for 20 of the most common majors.
Eight High-Paying, Secure Jobs
Want to earn a good salary and enjoy a measure of job security as well? Check out these well-paying jobs on tap for fast growth in the coming years.