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 Post subject: Cashier's check is in his name, not mine
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:52 pm 
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I am looking for some guidance on what may or may not be a scam. I met a guy (Larry) on a dating website (I actually initiated the contact for what it's worth) and quickly learned that he had allegedly been working in Africa/Republic of Benin for the past 6 months. He lives in the same state as me, which is one of the reasons that I wrote to him initially. His young son is also there with him, attending a private school. I will preface this all by stating that I had a previous online "relationship" in which I was scammed, so I was aware of some of the red flags to look out for.

After about a two-week period of chatting online (Yahoo Messenger), he told me that his deceased father had a company & that Larry was being sent a dividend check in the amount of $750K. He asked if the check could be sent to my address, as he was not yet back home and did not want a check of that magnitude sitting in his regular mail until he got back home. I gave him my address & a check arrived a few days later from an address in Illinois; there was a legitimate looking post-mark and the envelope was hand-written. It was supposedly sent by his attorney's office. About a week or so later, as he was getting closer to the time to come home, he tells me that he needs me to send him money, about $400. He said that the company car he has been using is in need of repairs & that the company will not pay him for the work he has been doing unless he gets the car fixed first. He has promised to pay me back, but I know that line already. I have steadfastedly advised him that I don't have that kind of money to spare & send to him.

There are a few things that I am counting in his favor, though. First, he has asked me to ask other people if they have the funds to spare & I know that scammers usually do not want you to talk about them to other people/alert others to their scam. Secondly, and this could just be the way this one approaches the scam, he did not proclaimed his love and undying affection to me within a short time after writing to each other; calls me sweetie & that sort of thing, but nothing too over the top. Lastly, the dividend check that he sent is in his name, so it's not as if I can try to cash it or deposit it in my account. My concern is that he is using it as some sort of "collateral" for the money he is seeking from me. I have sent an e-mail to the fraud department at the bank it was issued upon & am awaiting their response.

He has sent me his "address" here in my state, but on Google Earth, it is an industrial area, so there's another red flag. Also, he told me yesterday that he is in Lagos, Nigeria, which differs from the original location of Republic of Benin.

I think that is just about everything that I can recall. If there is anything you want to ask me, please feel free to do so. Thanks for any assistance that you can provide to me, I appreciate it.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:27 pm 
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It is a scam. Do not send him any money and do not let your heart get attached to him.

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 Post subject: Re: Cashier's check is in his name, not mine
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:41 am 
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That's what I thought - thanks for your advice! Since it was an approach that I had not yet heard or read about, I wanted an objective professional opinion. I hate having to be so cynical about these things, as that is not my nature, but you can't be too careful anymore these days.

Thanks again!


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