I was nearly a victim of a scamme

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@vickyrose (2083)
Canberra, Australia
January 27, 2021 5:52pm CST
Sometime ago, an American engineer who is on a project in South Africa contacted me on messenger as one who is looking for a friend. I went along and went with the flow. Then he said that he wanted to meet me. He said that he was expecting some hundred thousands of dollars of payment from his project, but to have the money deposited to a bank account, he needed $20,000 US. He said that if I could lend him the money, he will pay me $40,000 US when he arrives in Australia. I said, I'd rather come and see him to give him the money instead. He argued, he became insistent that I should just wire the money. Of course I refused, and decided that he was a scammer, so I deleted and blocked him on Msgr and FB. Have you had an experience with scammers?
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@CarolDM (182726)
• United States
27 Jan 21
I stay far away from these scammers.
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
best practice.
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@CarolDM (182726)
• United States
11 Feb 21
@kaylachan (33160)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Jan 21
I can usually smell them a mile away, and haven't fallen victim to them yet. Most of them are looking for "true love" on.... instagram, or any "free" social platform. Most scammers like hiding out on those platforms because they are free and can reach a lot of people. For a while, I'd been getting friend requests from a lot of people. Now, this is normal when you're new, but not when you've had an account for years.
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
Yes, they are, they victimise lonely people who are very vulnerable and seek attention from anyone.
@JimBo452020 (40584)
• United Kingdom
28 Jan 21
Wow. Some people He bad
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
yes, some people have the knack of victimising vulnerable people, not me and you.
@Deepizzaguy (65567)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
27 Jan 21
I get a few calls saying that I won the grand prize from Publishers Clearing House. The catch is that I have to pay a fee to get the money. I hang up the phone since the rules state that the winner of the contest pays taxes after collecting the money.
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
I do get those calls too, I just hang up on them.
@celticeagle (131259)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Jan 21
I did a few years ago when trying to sell a printer. I realized he was a scammer when he was going to send me a check and I was to send him back the left over on it. No, thanks.
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
I'm glad you sensed this scammer.
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@celticeagle (131259)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Feb 21
@vickyrose .......Glad yours didn't do it to you.
@topffer (42325)
• France
28 Jan 21
It is usually a western African specialty, they create accounts with stolen photos and IDs from Europeans and are trying to scam people on internet. I would refuse any not reasonable deal like this. Who would borrow money with offering a 100% interest, while sharks offer consumer loans with no conditions for a lot less ?
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
you're right. it's been going on for awhile, originated from Nigeria.
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@RasmaSandra (53927)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Jan 21
That was definitely a scammer. For a while, I had emails coming from South Africa about money I was to receive and wanting my private information. I deleted them all and blocked and now I don't get these emails anymore
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
I find those on my spam and I delete all of them regularly.
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@popciclecold (24509)
• United States
28 Jan 21
No, but my son did. It was out of Africa, they wanted him to send money. We got off the computer. They tried to make contact but he refused.
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
I'm glad that he refused. Otherwise they will keep on coming back.
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@JudyEv (275613)
• Rockingham, Australia
3 Feb 21
I'm glad you didn't fall for his scheme. They'll try anything, won't they?
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
They surely will, they come back with another ID and try their luck. I just block and delete them now.
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@JudyEv (275613)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Feb 21
@vickyrose That's the best thing to do.
@moonandstars (57735)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
30 Jan 21
i received an e-mail or two but, not anymore. you aswered him right
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
best to ignore or delete them.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
11 Feb 21
@vickyrose precisely.
@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
28 Jan 21
No, because I do not exchange message with strangers on social media.
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
Hi Anna, best practice!
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@LadyDuck (387401)
• Switzerland
11 Feb 21
@vickyrose My husband is obsessed with privacy and security.
@prinzcy (33145)
• Malaysia
28 Jan 21
Some people just want easy money by cheating other
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@vickyrose (2083)
• Canberra, Australia
11 Feb 21
They do and some get victimized still.
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@May2k8 (16398)
• Indonesia
11 Feb 21
Glad you didn't fall into the grasp of a scammer.