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Hesperia, CA, United States
2013-07-16 12:38:08
Auction/eBay Scam
Paypal (paypal.com)
"Equal Opportunity" translation to PayPal Representative scam   
Agdam Tugoev
Email Address:
Scam Website:
Allegro Complaint

On 23 May, 2013, I was contacted by Agdam Tugoev, a person who represented themselves as being with the overseas auction company Allegro. He offered me an at home job translating documents that had obviously gone through an online translator from another language that needed to be corrected into normal English.
Here is the job offer email:
Hello Sarah!
Thank you for your interest in our company.
Thank you,
Agdam Tugoev.
23 мая 2013 г. 11:48:01 пользователь Sarah Esparza (escaflowna@yahoo.com) написал:

Good morning,

Give me a company name so I can research it and I would be happy to consider this position. The internet is full of scams and I would be loath to be taken in by one.
Please don\'t think me too forward when I add that your third sentence reads better like this:
\"You will have to review our business correspondence to fix spelling and grammatical errors that were made.\"

From: Agdam T

Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:09 AM
Subject: Equal opportunity : (ID : N2498Y25401890)...


I have found your application on job board website and thought you as a prospective employee.

We are looking for new people, who can speak and proofread English very well and will help us communicate with our English speaking clients.

You will have to review our business correspondence and fix spelling and grammar mistakes that we make.

Salary: $5.00 for 1 Kb. (1024 symbols)

This letter to you is about 1Kb in size.


- Location: US
- Age: 21+
- PC user skills, email proficiency

When interested please provide us with information asked below so as to make sure we have your name and other data correctly.

- Your Full Name:
- Your Country, State:
- Age:
- Your Occupation:

I\'ll wait for your answer.

With Best regards

I accepted and did a total of five translations. I was then informed that the role of translator was being put on hold but that they were looking for representatives to process PayPal payments for them since there were limits on PayPal’s Russian site. I did a phone interview and provided a copy of my driver’s license just like one would with any new job. I accepted the job and opened a Bank of America account to transfer money through so it didn’t interact with my personal accounts.

On 24 June 2013 I received my first of two transactions via PayPal from a supposed buyer named G.C. It was for a Rolex watch in the amount of $6,609.00.

Description Unit price Qty Amount
ROLEX GMT IIc 116710 MENS WATCH NEW NEVER WORN ( 2012, G serial )
Item# 200935364770 $6,609.00 USD 1 $6,609.00 USD
Shipping and handling $0.00 USD
Total $6,609.00 USD
Payment $6,609.00 USD

Payment sent to

After PayPal transaction fees, there was $6,418.99, which I transferred to my Bank of America account. After it hit my account I received instructions via email and telephone to transfer the money to the following account:
>>>>> Bank details is below:

swift - SABRRU2P
bank address: Street Krasnogo Tekstilchika 2, city - ST.PETERSBURG, country - RUSSIA

BENEFICIARY (receiver):
Beneficiary name - IGOR NAYDA
Beneficiary account - 40817840555003064248

beneficiary address: Street Yakornaya 3-23, city - ST.PETERSBURG, country - RUSSIA


Bank correspondent in case of need:

Intermediary Bank — The Bank of New York Mellon, New York, USA
Routing: 021000018
Account bank beneficioner in bank correspondent: 8900057610

I sent the money off, received confirmation it had been received and didn’t think anything of it.

On 2 July 2013, I received a second payment for $9,000.00 from a C.G.
Description Unit price Qty Amount
Rolex 116520 SS Daytona Black Dial Z serial, NEW NEVER WORN priced to sell fast
Item# 200939780772 $9,000.00 USD 1 $9,000.00 USD
Shipping and handling $0.00 USD
Total $9,000.00 USD
Payment $9,000.00 USD

Payment sent to

However by this time the first transaction had been reversed and it was explained to me by Sergei (who had done my phone interview) that the watch had been returned and it wouldn’t be a big deal. After that and PayPal’s fees, there was a remainder of $2,129.70 that I transferred to my account. From there I transferred $2,022 to them, per Sergei and Agdam’s instructions on 8 July 2013.

I was notified by PayPal on 10 July 2013 that my account had be “limited” because the second transaction had been reversed due to an eBay buyer dispute. I have since repeatedly emailed my contact and tried to call them but receive no response to the emails and the phone number has been disconnected.

I now owe PayPal $8,954.08 USD for the reversed transaction.

In hindsight, I can’t believe I fell for this but I went in with honest intentions trying to make some money for my family, who sorely needs it. I hope this can help prevent this from happening to anyone else.

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