I listed Espina for sale
in August of last year, and by the first week of September had a broker emailing me on behalf of an older client who liked classic boats. So after sending photos and a copy of the old survey
, the guy came back with an offer to purchase
. He mailed me a cashiers check drawn on some credit union in Missouri. It was made out for twice the amount, and there was nothing else in the envelope and no return address either. Mailed from Cotinue in Benin, which is right beside Nigeria.
Anyway I was to disburse funds to his shipper and mechanic
when they showed up to ship the boat to England
. Then I got an email asking me to forward $5000USD by western union to the shipper and mechanic
as they needed the funds to buy tickets. Meanwhile I did a google
search for the credit union. ZIP. So I took the check to my bank, advised them that it was probably fraudulent and told them to see what happened.
5 days later, they called to say it was bouncing on its way back to Benin like a rubber ball.
So I tried to play the guy for a bit, told him the check was burnt up in a serious crash on the highway one nite on its way to the clearing house. I never did hear back from him.
Since then I've had about 150 emails about my boat. 135 were from scammers. I now run a filter on my email with keywords boat-payment-urgent-reply and hotmail.com, Gmail.com and a couple of others as these are pretty much standard format emails. I've even had identical emails from 7 different sources.
I was sending emails to abuse@xxxx with the entire emails and all headers with a note to delete for fraudulent usage but they come back in a day. As long as they can get a web based email address they will just keep on going. Right now I have some guy with a polish last name emailing me from a non-existant company in Scotland
, and hes even called me at home twice. Sent me photos of him and his or someone elses family
Him I havent heard from in a bit, but I'm keeping all the data and will forward it to the German Postal service
as they run the internet in Germany
and deal harshly with that sort of stuff.