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Thread poster: Denise DeVries

Denise DeVries  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:02
Spanish to English
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Jan 16, 2007

Recently, a new client wanted to pay for service in advance, then told me that the check was actually issued for more than double the amount of work (which I had not yet received). The client wanted me to refund the additional amount as soon as I received the check.
This is the technique used in the "Nigerian forged check scams" being investigated by the FDIC.
See http://www.fraudaid.com/Scamspeak/Nigerian/counterfeit_check_fraud/counterfeit_check_03.htm

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xxxavsie  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:02
English to French
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Yes Jan 16, 2007

A fellow collegue of mine was approached by such scammers. She actually did the translation (a few thousands words). The "client" asked her to pay for the courrier services used to send the actual cheque (which would cover the translation and the courrier services) by transfering the balance via Western Union. Then only she became suspicious. As far as I know, she never recieved the promised cheque...

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:02
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Numerous forum discussions Jan 16, 2007

Hi Denise,
Search the forum for "bishop scam"; various forms of this fraud have been discussed in the past.

Best regards,

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