DEFINITELY a scam. If you want some really entertaining reading on these
email scams try this website: www.419eater.com.
I know someone who participates in these "scam baits" and it's truly
hysterical the lengths the scammers will go to in order to get at your
money. For the most part, they're not the sharpest tools in your shed.
Gary in KC
Not sure about your bank, but mine won't transfer funds to another
account without a signed request from me.
In spite of that, my SOP calls for the customer's bank to e-mail me
directly for the transfer-to account information. If the bank is using a
gmail return address...
I am sure it is a scam, but!! I have gotten several bogus checks and a
couple of stolen credit cards in the past. My favorite was one for an item
for sale on Craig's list.
Two bogus checks with appropriate e-mails to go with them and one check for
3900 dollars with no information on what to do with it or why it was sent to
me, all overnighted and of course all sent on stolen credit cards
Several years ago, I was a new customer to a mill in KY. They required
a wire transfer as payment prior to shipping my first purchase of a
load of Appalacian hardwoods. That is my only experience with wire
transfers but I do not recall their account number being revealed to
me as part of the transaction. If memory serves, the transfer was from
my bank to some bank in Kentucky "For Benefit Of" the recipient. The
final destination account number was and is unknown to me.
A bank to bank wire transfer should be perfectly safe and secure for
both parties involved. If anyone has contradictory information, please
Scam or not, I just wonder if we wasted as much spammers time as is possible
by stringing them along with long replies, would it make a difference?
Whenever telemarketers call me, I string them along as long as is possible.
If we make telemarketing less productive/profitable maybe some of them would
stop. Then again, maybe it doesn't make a damn bit of difference in the long
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