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feels and smells like a scam

lysander canlas  Identity Verified
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benjamin cox is same as aikman farkus, bradley & jonathan coker Dec 22, 2011

On 12/15/2011 6:40 PM, sun wrote:
> Greetings!
> My name is Benjamin Cox. I got your contact after a search for a translator on the internet. I will be making some paper presentations in January 2012 at a conference in China. A considerable number of participants are expected to understand Spanish, French, German, Russian, Portuguese and Italian language hence it is imperative to have copies of my presentations in these languages. Please let me know if you are available to handle the translation and which of these languages falls within your area of specialisation
> I will expect your price quote to translate the attached papers in your reply.
> Regards,
> Benjamin Cox
> 4023 W 7th St,
> Los Angeles CA 90005

sender attached three documents with widely disparate subjects, which aroused my suspicion. he's also now "residing" my home turf!

to those who celebrate them: enjoy the holidays!


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lee roth
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Mr.Benjamin Cox Dec 22, 2011

has the honour of having his own post - ”Mr. Cox goes to China” .... .:-)

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Travelers Cheques Dec 23, 2011


aaatrans wrote:

Hello everybody!

I want you to know that I nearly have been scammed by a "disable business woman". She was an intermediate between a client and me and I arranged with her that I would translate a text for 2000€ and I would receive a 30% of the total amount in advance and that the payment would be through travelers cheques.
Unfortunately, the client had a mistake and sent to me 3000€ (6x500€) in American Express travelers cheques. (The envelope in which the travelers cheques were has no information about the sender's name nor address. Very suspicious!)

The business woman wanted me to have in cash all the travelers cheques, I could keep the agreed 30% and then I would have to send to her the rest of the amount via Western Union.

I finally did not have in cash these forgery travelers cheques.

The only advise I can give to all of you is "use your commons sense". Sometimes is good to use it.
Nobody mistakes in sending 3000€ instead of 600€.


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Travelers Cheques Dec 23, 2011

Hi,

To my shame I have to admit that I also have become victim of the "Nigerian Connection". Although I have been very dubious about the proposition of the client wishing to pay in Travelers Cheques, I accepted the order.

I also was informed that I shall receive €500 in advance for my work, which of course never happened. Instead I had the total of €3000 in forged Travelers cheques sent to me (by urgent UPS delivery !!!; they DO spend some money) with the info beforehand that there has been an error and that they request urgent return of the excess monies via Western Union.

I have taken the liberty to forward the cheques directly to our State Police where, of course, I was informed that they have about 500 similar cases a year (in Hamburg alone).

Nevertheless, I did have some fun in making those people believe that I had in fact managed to cash the cheques and that the excess in the amount has been returned via W.U. (fake form).

It was quite funny to receive all the e-mails about a not accepted MTCN number and my make believe that this close to Xmas the Western Union systems were overloaded.

They also called me about twenty times about this non working MTCN number from their Nigerian and in my case Swedish mobile phones, where in each case they only ever had connection to my answerphone (which adds to their costs). Since then I have been trying to recontact them via these numbers and, what a surprise, there is no answer, although there was before.

The guy in my case called himself Marco Lackmann, pretty stupid for a pretentious Swede, but there you go. Even the address he gave me exists (Google Earth).

It was my first job and I have to admit that I was too bue eyed. Having been forewarned though has saved me from financial ruin.

I also have to admit that in my last e-mail to these guys, I have become a bit racist.

On the whole, I would just like to advise you to never ever accept any Travelers Cheques, even if you know the client personally.

My collection agency (Russian) are onto them now. I'll keep you posted.


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lysander canlas  Identity Verified
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mr. benjamin cox Jan 7, 2012

predictably, i received three supposedly albertson money orders for $1,000 each, from the u.k., as "payment" for services. the address that "mr. cox" used, in his original query, was in los angeles!

i showed the m.o.'s to albertson, and they said that they don't issue m.o.'s over $500.

i expect to receive a communication, very soon, that some event has transpired so that i should return the funds, but keep 20-30% of it.

what's 100% of nothing?


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Roxana Hedberg  Identity Verified
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Mr. Benjamin Cox & his associate Steven Abel Jan 7, 2012

Good morning,

I received the same email from Benjamin Cox to translate into Spanish three documents that he needed for a conference in China. I gave him a quote and then I received three Money Orders from a Steven Abel from England for more that three times my quote. I wrote to this Mr. Cox to find out why I got so much money. No answer. Guess, I got scammed.


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Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Never Jan 7, 2012

I would never reply to anyone who begins their message with "How are you doing today?"

Horrible. Where do people learn to talk this way?


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lee roth
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@ Roxana Jan 8, 2012

before sending your quote did you check this forum ? There was a post warning about Mr. Cox. in " Mr. Cox goes to China".

Would have saved you time .....

Best,
Lee


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lysander canlas  Identity Verified
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predictable messrs. benjamin cox & steve abel Jan 10, 2012

surprise, surprise, i received a follow-up message from mr. cox, asking me not to deposit the money orders from steve abel until i acknowledged receiving it. i replied:

"benjamin or sun or whatever your @#$% name really is: the only good use i had for your money orders is to line the cat's litter box. you should use whatever you have left to wipe your ass or your mouth, because they're equally as unsanitary."


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Mervyn Henderson  Identity Verified
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The best scammers ... Jan 10, 2012

... don't feel or smell like scammers. In another sector of the economy, Bernard Madoff got away with it for years because it all felt and smelt plausible. It amazes me that people even consider replying to these things. Isn't the disjointed, severely mauled language enough, the lack of spaces after full stops, the impossible names and the rest?

Watch out for the well-groomed stuff, and bin the rest.


Mervyn


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lysander canlas  Identity Verified
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a different, succinct approach .... Mar 15, 2012

.... but just as foul.

"Hi
we will have a continuous project for English to Filipino.
Attached is the sample.
Please help check whether you can handle, and please quote your best rate, and translate the small file as a free sample for approval.

--
Thanks&Best regards
NissanTrans
skypeoo: nissantrans
nissansz(a)hotmail.com
nissanjp(a)gmail.com

0086-13714519204
nissantrans.gofreeserve.com/
http://wordsbreath.gofreeserve.com/"

if you have a good security software and browser, trying to link to their sites elicit a scam warning.


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CreativeBooth
What is the PayOff? Jun 27, 2012

Hello everyone,

I just received a request from an Adam Johnson from Adam Farms & Co that sounds like the same scam the rest of you are describing. I'm just wondering: What is the PayOff for these people / this person? If they send a check and it's fake, no one would do the work, right? Are they just after names and addresses?

In my case "Adam" has requested website design work for a website about cocoa. He immediately accepted my quote, but said he would not be able to pay through PayPal. He said he had paid a previous customer with PayPal and then she disappeared. So, he would have to pay by "cheque."

Here is his exact paragraph (I want this to be available to others who may search to find out if this is a scam):

"Here is the content below and i would have make the payment through Paypal but i gave this job to a woman who requested that i should make the payment through Paypal but after my client make the payment she disappear for good and i never hear from her till today so now the payment will be through cheque so send me your name and address with phone number where the payment will be mail to also i will like you to surprise with a good job then i can introduce you to my other friends and client also how many days will it tntenetake you to finish with the website."

Naturally, this got my attention and I did the Google search on the addresses he gave.

Here are the addresses, etc: NAME OF MY BUSINESS-----ADAM FARMS & CO
TYPES OF MY BUSINESS------Import & Export
CONTACT ADDRESS------------- 11 Colepits Wood Road,Eltham London SE9 2QJ
4100 SW 95th Ave. Ste. B Cooper City, FL 33328 U.S.A.
MY DOMAIN NAME----------www.adamfarms.com



Anyway, as I said above...I'm just curious...Does anyone know what these people are after? I don't see how they would get any money or services from anyone when the checks are fake.


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Enrique Cavalitto
Local time: 00:31
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Overpayment scam Jun 27, 2012


CreativeBooth wrote:

I just received a request from an Adam Johnson from Adam Farms & Co that sounds like the same scam the rest of you are describing. I'm just wondering: What is the PayOff for these people / this person? If they send a check and it's fake, no one would do the work, right? Are they just after names and addresses?


How do you know that the person who contacted you is Adam Johnson from Adam Farms & Co? Scammers create or steal names all the time. You should contact the company to the address you found, to validate if the contact is from them. This is a normal risk management procedure.

Overpayment scams are described here.

Regards,
Enrique


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rascolians
Me Too! Jun 28, 2012


CreativeBooth wrote:

Hello everyone,

I just received a request from an Adam Johnson from Adam Farms & Co that sounds like the same scam the rest of you are describing. I'm just wondering: What is the PayOff for these people / this person? If they send a check and it's fake, no one would do the work, right? Are they just after names and addresses?

In my case "Adam" has requested website design work for a website about cocoa. He immediately accepted my quote, but said he would not be able to pay through PayPal. He said he had paid a previous customer with PayPal and then she disappeared. So, he would have to pay by "cheque."

Here is his exact paragraph (I want this to be available to others who may search to find out if this is a scam):

"Here is the content below and i would have make the payment through Paypal but i gave this job to a woman who requested that i should make the payment through Paypal but after my client make the payment she disappear for good and i never hear from her till today so now the payment will be through cheque so send me your name and address with phone number where the payment will be mail to also i will like you to surprise with a good job then i can introduce you to my other friends and client also how many days will it tntenetake you to finish with the website."

Naturally, this got my attention and I did the Google search on the addresses he gave.

Here are the addresses, etc: NAME OF MY BUSINESS-----ADAM FARMS & CO
TYPES OF MY BUSINESS------Import & Export
CONTACT ADDRESS------------- 11 Colepits Wood Road,Eltham London SE9 2QJ
4100 SW 95th Ave. Ste. B Cooper City, FL 33328 U.S.A.
MY DOMAIN NAME----------www.adamfarms.com



Anyway, as I said above...I'm just curious...Does anyone know what these people are after? I don't see how they would get any money or services from anyone when the checks are fake.


Hi I also got the same - smelled a rat immediately. The emails were in dreadful English. Played along and sent him a quote which was accepted without question. Stated payment in the post but had been a mistake with the amount and that I should return the excess. Told him to 'go away' and asked him for his real name so that it would make the job of the police easier when they fingerprint his stolen cheque. Needless to say 'Mr. Adam Johnson' has not replied - coward..!! BTW he uses same Florida address that has previously been posted on this forum for translation scams.


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