• If you don't know the person from a bar of soap, and they contacted you via email promising you a cut of the money, then yes, I would say it's a scam.
  • yes. this is the one common tactic in email scams these days: asking you to wire transfer money.
  • It is a scam. Once you get one of these emails, you'll be getting them all the time.
  • Why would a stranger send you a check? THINK! He knows that his check won't clear for as much as a few weeks. He is telling you to take some of the proceeds for yourself and send him the rest. You will take "his" share and send it to him with your own money but in a short time his check will bounce and you'll be stuck for the amount you sent him. THINK!
  • Honestly! HUH!
  • In a word YES!
  • Use the check to open a new account and wait ten days for the check to clear. Then use your best judgment as to how to handle the money. I suspect the check will bounce.
  • Send them the following e mail: Sir, as a show of good faith and honesty in this matter it should be no problem for you to please send me via western union $500(US). Upon my receipt of the cash, we will proceed with the remainder of our transaction and upon completion, I will refund to you , $550(the original $500 + a 10% remittance) for your time and trouble....Thank You.
  • Run as far away as you can from this. Delete any email with this info. It's a scam
  • i cant believe your asking that. when in doubt, if it sounds to good to be true, thats because it probably is.
  • "DAH"
  • this is an old one. I don't think you would be able to cash a check this day anyway. Not even if it is from the some bank...
  • Was your long lost uncle a personal friend of General Umbanutu, also? LOL!
  • Hell's yeah it's a scam!!!
  • Here's an answer to the scammers:
  • Yes it is a scam. It is called a Nigerian Letter or a 419 scam. In either case, report it (in USA) to your nearest FBI office. Read the information in this site: UK recipients should follow the advice below: If you are not in UK or USA, google 419 scam for your country, and follow the advice given for reporting the scams. Do not reply to the scammers.
  • Of course it is.
  • very likely...
  • Yes and I received the same email some time back and forwarded to the authorities.
  • yes it is.
  • www.419EATER.COM Does somebody want to transfer millions of dollars into your account? Does someone want you pay you to cash cheques and send them the money? Met a new friend/penpal on a friendship/dating site who's asking you for money? Has a dying person contacted you wanting your help to give his money to charity? Have you sold an item and are asked to accept a payment larger than the item amount? IT'S A SCAM! Don't fall for common scams like this - fight them! So what is scambaiting? Well, put simply, you enter into a dialogue with scammers, simply to waste their time and resources. Whilst you are doing this, you will be helping to keep the scammers away from real potential victims and screwing around with the minds of deserving thieves. It doesn't matter if you are new to this sport or a hardened veteran; if you are wasting the time of a scammer, or frustrating them in any way well that's good enough for us, and we would welcome you to join with our now very large community. Although this site concentrates mainly on the Nigerian 419 scam, we are happy to deal with other types of scams if and when the opportunity arises. We also have a large team of experts dedicated to the removal and closure of fake scammer banks and sites. Even if you are a newcomer, much fun can be had and at the same time you will be doing a public service. If you are new to this game and need to know what scambaiting is all about, please click on the 419 FAQ link at the top of the page. See also Baiting Tips for information on getting started on this great cyber-sport We encourage everyone to contribute to this site and the good cause of scambaiting by joining in the fun on the FORUM where you can meet new friends and seek expert help, tips and advice on anti-scamming. User participation is absolutely encouraged. Please help us to raise awareness the world over! Do not be fooled into thinking scammers operate from a specific part of the world. Advance fee fraud scammers are a world-wide menace, and they operate from every continent. These scammers range from small one-man-band criminals scamming a few thousand dollars a year, to highly organised groups raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.
  • Yes, especially if you get this informatino by email. Do you have any idea how many times I have won millions of dollars by email? If I really had, I would be soooo retired. Think about it. If you don't know them, why would they be contacting you? Don't get conned!
  • it sure is from what I have seen. If you accept a check like this, make sure it clears all aspects of the banking business before you send money. I actually would not get involved at all. Too many ways to scam you on this.
  • yes, i saw this program on msnbc about those scammers
  • uh...........YEAH. You deposit the check, send the money to Africa, and then you are stuck paying for the bad check you deposited into your account!
  • Absolutely, but it doesn't have to be a foreign country. It happens here in the US too.

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