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Old 08-19-06, 10:45 PM
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What's the scam?

Ok, so a family friend gets a check in the mail today for around ~$2,200. It says he has been chosen to win a prize, and this is the required deposit. They tell him to cash the check and send the money Western Union, and then they will send him a balance of ~$23,000. Obviously it's a scam, but I can't really figure out where the gain is. The only thing I can think of is that the account the checks are drawn on is bogus and they get all of the cash with no risk. Any help would be appreciated.
Old 08-19-06, 10:48 PM
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Check is from a bogus account. His bank may cash the check against his account -- but when it doesn't clear after a few days, they'll withdraw that $2,200 from his account.

Needless to say, he'd never see the $23,000.
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"They" get cash in the form of a Western Union MO; your friend deposits a check that will bounce--hard--and is out 2300 bucks and whatever bank fees he gets socked with.
Not to mention, if he's won, why does he have to send them 10% of the value of the prize he's allegedly won?
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I have over $7,000 in "real" checks from a Dutch Lotto that I've "won". I keep meaning to take them down to the police station someday.
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Give them your bank account number. What could go wrong?
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Sounds too good to pass up.

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