Well today I received another check in the mail from what I thought was a scammer. They did the classic over pay scam. Basically they emailed my company, asking if we could reload windows and office on 10 laptops. They never said where they were from but that they would send us a check and send us the broken laptops to fix. Simply because their email was, firstname.lastname@example.org, not at any company I already had a red flag, this “Courtney Badgett” was using a free email account that can be created with no ID verification. Red Flag 2 was that there was just plain text in the email most companies have a footer, at least these scammers could speak fluent English which is not really too common among scammers. (If you ever see the word “Kindly” just run, this is a word that all the English as a second language schools teach people but real speakers almost never use.)
It started simply enough
Are you capable of repairing laptops in bulk? Let me know.
Of course I said yes. “She” then sent a list of what needed to be done and asked how much. Then after a day I received this email.
Thanks for the information. I’ll have the laptops brought out and ready to be shipped to you, and will have my secretary prepare your check as soon as possible.
Not bad, I thought to myself “I will believe it when I see it.”
Then today I received the check. (Click on it to see it in high res) The paper was simple and plain and the signature was a stamp, did not really look too secure. Also the check that I asked for was just $750, this check was for about 3 times that amount.
Now, I looked up the routing number, and it really was for Chase. I also called the company listed on the check, VertiFX Technology, but I got the run around there. Tracked the package to find the origin, here is what I got.
Phoenix, AZ, United States 12/21/2011 12:51 P.M. Delivered 12/21/2011 10:01 A.M. Destination Scan 12/21/2011 7:17 A.M. Out For Delivery 12/21/2011 6:44 A.M. Adverse weather conditions. 12/21/2011 6:40 A.M. Arrival Scan 12/21/2011 4:17 A.M. Late airplane. Louisville, KY, United States 12/21/2011 4:52 A.M. Departure Scan 12/21/2011 1:59 A.M. Arrival Scan DFW Airport, TX, United States 12/20/2011 10:38 P.M. Departure Scan 12/20/2011 9:21 P.M. Arrival Scan Fort Worth, TX, United States 12/20/2011 8:30 P.M. Departure Scan 12/20/2011 7:57 P.M. Pickup Scan United States 12/20/2011 6:55 A.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS
So the check for a California company came from Texas. Very interesting. So I was 95% sure now that the check was a fraud. I happen to have a Chase branch about a quarter mile from our office so I decided to go there and visit them. Just as I suspected the account was closed recently, they would not say why but they decided that they would keep the check. So it was all over….or was it….just an hour ago I got this email.
I just tracked the check, and it shows that it has been delivered to you today. I already got in touch with the movers today, and I need to pay them upfront for them to ship the laptops to your place, pick-up some other equipments for the office, and pick-up the laptops when you’re done, and that’s the reason for the extra cash on the check. So I need you to cash the check, deduct your repair fees,and go to a Western Union location to send the balance to the movers. Once they have it, the laptops will be delivered to your place to begin the repairs.
Send the balance to the information below:
Name: Barry S. Glick
Address: 6801 Otto Rd
City : Glendale
State: NY 11385
Deduct the sending fee from the balance and send the remaining to the information above. Get back to me as soon as possible with the Money Tracking Control Number (MTCN), and payment details (sender’s/receiver’s information) , as you have it on the receipt (I’ll appreciate it if you can scan the receipt to me).
Let me know.
So I replied,
I took the check to the bank and they said that it was bad. Please just send me my amount by western union also. That would work good. They kept the check.
That was it. I doubt I will hear back, but I wanted to blog about it so that Google will find these names and accounts and be able to help out others in the future. Also I am thinking of calling Barry Glick, I bet he does not even know that he is part of a scam, I bet he is told to just go get money and keep 10% for his trouble and forward the rest, it is the way that these people keep out of trouble. Other times they would tell the Barry guy to just use the money to buy stuff for them online, that way they get free stuff. Lots of scams out there, so keep your eyes out. So far they have tried it on me about 20 times, and I have not fallen for it yet. Kind of a fun game really.