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Cleaning Services Scam

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How the scam works:

Many people try to make some extra money to supplement their income. Several advertise their services on message boards. They receive legitimate offers, and make the extra cash they need. But sometimes these ads are answered by someone attempting to bilk money out of the person who needs it most.

The Cleaning Services scam preys on those trying to make some money. The scammer will contact the victim, telling her they will soon move to her town and would like a cleaning service of the apartment that was rented and they're about to move in. 'We would like to have it clean on the 1st of next month', might say the request to the cleaner, who let' say charges $400. The scammer will begin building a relationship with the victim before the actual services are rendered.

Then the scammer, after several phone conversations and email exchanges during which time they have gained the confidence of their victim, send the victim a money order for $1400, 'accidentaly'. They ask the victim to deposit the money order in their bank account, keep $400, and send $1000 to a moving company for them. The moving company would be the one that will bring their stuff in.

Well, the money order is a fake and they are out $1000 of their own hard earned money. Also, there is no moving company either. Everything is made up. When they try to contact the scammer the phone is disconnected, the email is cancelled and the moving company is non-existent.

How to avoid:

It is never a legitimate request when someone asks you to accept a money order for more than you need, then wants you to send the overage to a “company” or other entity for them. This request should be a huge red flag for a potential target. Also, just because you have spoken with someone multiple times does not mean you know them and can trust them. Scammers are excellent at getting close to people and gaining their confidence in a short period of time, so beware.

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  • On Friday, June 19, 2015, nancy lou rearick wrote:

    !!~!!Need of someone to help__CLEAN OUT__my house::::::$540 cash (8)

    liz nancy rearick-turofski http://florencesc.craigslist.org/lab/5071865654.html, im new to the Darlington area and looking for work im strong and love to clean, plz if you still looking for help I could use the money,my number

    Jun 15 at 8:57 PM

     6 more messages

    Chester walker

    liz nancy rearick-turofski

    Today at 10:30 AM

    Good morning to you, how have you been ?
    I just confirm that a check of $2900.00 will be delivered to you via
    USPS mail service now and here is the Tracking Number (
    9405501699320050689616) When you receive the check, You should go
    ahead and deposit the check into your bank Account and withdraw the
    overpayment immediately. When you withdraw the cash from your bank,
    You are to deduct your money for your first week payment which is
    $1000.00 +$100.00 for cleaning supplies (Varnished Wooden Mop, toilet
    cleaning brush, Non woven cleaning cloth, cosmetic LDPE gloves/nitrite
    coated glove with 13g nylon, cleaning magic sponge, cellulose sponge
    for kitchen, plastic dustpan with brush set, Ceiling Fan Duster. etc.)
    and After deducting the $1100.00, You are to send the rest funds
    $1800.00 to the Art Seller Information via western union money in
    Minutes at nearest western Union money transfer location near you to
    the Art Seller that will be supplying the Art works to the House
    before our arrival date. So, Immediately the transfer is done you areto email me the western union money transfer details on the receipt
    for confirmation of the funds sent . More so the Art Seller will mail
    you the key of the House as soon as He is are done with the delivery
    of my Art work to the House. You can locate any nearest western union
    outlet around your in your area.

    FYI: Western union transfer charges should be deducted from the
    remaining $1800.00 you are sending to the Art Seller And the most
    Importantly please do not waste time to proceed with this transaction
    because we do not have much days to arrive to city anymore. I will
    like you to get the transaction done on time and get back to me with
    the western Union money transfer transfer details including the
    receipt as soon as you have completed the transaction. Hope I can
    count on you on this?

    Bellow is the Information of the Art Seller you are to wire the rest
    of the funds to via western union money transfer:

    Receiver Name : John Meyers
    Address: 51 Clifton Ave,
    Newark, NJ 07104
    After you might have sent the money to the Art seller information via
    western union money transfer, Below are the western union details you
    are to email me back once you completed the Transaction

    *Senders Name and Address on the western union receipt?
    *Exact Amount Sent (After deducting western union charges)?
    *MTCN (10 digit control number on the western union receipt)?
    *A scanned Copy of Western union Receipt

    I will be looking forward to read back from you as soon as possible
    with the Money transfer details so that i can forward it to the Art
    seller as soon as possible. I will be waiting to read back from you
    now. My family can't wait to meet you.


    N.B: You can also send the money online with your debit card which is
    hassle free.i searched the usps check it should be here the 20th cant put in bank till Monday,so what shouldi do put in the bank and wait to clear befor doing anything ?

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