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Some sort of scam?


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Old 08-21-2012, 01:16 PM
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I received an email today, it was a pretty convincing email, everything well spelled and formatted correctly, at the bottom of the email, there is all kinds of contact information, everything you would see on a professional business email.

Basically they were saying they are contractors who have the bid for a bunch of sheetz gas stations across the us. They want me to submit a bid if I would like so they can subcontract a local sheetz to me for snow removal. We exchanged a few emails, but I thought it was a little odd I received this email out of the blue.

I looked into the company "Shields Facilities maintenance, nothing on the internet, not even a phone number. Typed in the address and at that location is a company called Shields business solutions. The logo in the email is the same logo that belongs to that business.

Has anyone ever received and email like this before?
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It's a good idea to check with the BBB Better Business Bureau and also call the contact number and talk to someone. Set up a meeting even.
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Keep the scammers to yourself, please.


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Keep the scammers to yourself, please.


Don't worry, I won't send any your ways.

It just seems odd, because they way they conducted themselves through the emails, he seems like a real person from a legit company, but like I said I looked it up, and the only thing for that company is shields business solutions, which is like a money transportation business.

I don't know what they were trying to gain if this was a scam, thats the confusing part.

The strange part is, they send it to my personal email address, I don't really have that listed anywhere, my business email is plastered everywhere.
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If they sent it to your personal email...its a scam.
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Dear xandrew245x,

Allow me to introduce myself.

I am not a scammer. I hunt scammers down and expose them.

Please send me a down payment of $499 to get the investigation started. (additional monies may be necessary dependent on duration of scam investigation)


Upon completion, if I determine that it is a scam, I will refund all monies.

(No, really. I wouldn't lie about something like that)

Please send postal money order to the provided address without delay to get your investigation started ASAP!


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have u being posting in Craigslist? i had a call similar to that 3 weak ago when i was bartering king, i just toll the guy i dont like sharing money with lazy bastard.
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Dear xandrew245x,

Allow me to introduce myself.

I am not a scammer. I hunt scammers down and expose them.

Please send me a down payment of $499 to get the investigation started. (additional monies may be necessary dependent on duration of scam investigation)


Upon completion, if I determine that it is a scam, I will refund all monies.

(No, really. I wouldn't lie about something like that)

Please send postal money order to the provided address without delay to get your investigation started ASAP!


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That sounds like an awesome deal! Do you accept PayPal?


My favorite ones, "money is no problem, however I am out of the country, I will send you the money via PayPal, PayPal is very safe. Once you receive my payment my private agent will pick the item up"

I have been posting on Craigslist, but it should all go to my business email.
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I send emails like that to the FBI for inclusion into thier online fraud investigations. I know they are working hard on these, have two agents who live near me and they talk about these, and thier kiddie **** investigations a lot.

There is a address for these, cnnot remember it right off.
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