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D. Lindy
Columbia Falls, MT, United States
2012-07-29 10:35:12
Classified Ads Scam
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Joseph William Criminal Scam 
Joseph William
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Offered to buy a set of china. Said he lived in Utah and was busy at work so would have a shipper pick it up. Here\'s a copy of his email:
thanks for your quick response, i\'m okay with the present condition as
> started in the advert and the asking price. i will not be able to come
> to look at it due to the long distant and the easiest way for me to
> make the payment is through a bank check, i\'ll wait until your bank
> clears the check before we proceed with the pickup. I\'ll also take
> care of the pickup and delivery when the check cleared, provide me
> your name, address, city, state, zip code for me to issue the check to
> you and also your phone number for me to contact you.
> Regard\'s
> Joseph William
> 440 N 200 W. Logan, UT 84321

It took about 2 weeks to receive his check issued from Madonna University. The website describes Madonna University as a religious, charitable university in Nigeria. Big Red Flag! I found the Scamdex web site and saw reports on him that were exactly like the emails he sent to me. I emailed him back and said that I would not deposit the check and pay the shipper as requested. This is his response:

\"i told you before i mailed the check that, i will add the shipment fee to your asking price and you tell me to go ahead and send the check, what are you trying to say now, i could have send the money to the mover direct, but due shippers policy is that, the shipment funds has to be send by you to show you have permitted them to come for the pickup at your address, so proceed to deposit the check and let me know once you have the check deposited.\"

Note the hostile tone. I responded with \"Do not contact me again.\"
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