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to think this ad is a windup/dodgy

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jan2013 Tue 13-Nov-12 09:11:50

replied to an ad looking for someone to come and clean their apartment a couple of days a week. they said send their cv which i did, never heard back. i chased them up and got sent this email:

Thanks for the response to my ad,it shows your seriousness you have about the job.i live at area of ..........And i always constantly out of town.I am an Architect.I will return home in December 21 so this process will be on going till then.I will pay you £ 300 in a weekly?aside from the money that you need for the errands that you will be doing for me .My lawyer will be sending you a bank daft for the payment weekly that you will need for the errand ok I will email you the list and pictures of what to shop for when I am ready.No heavy packages is involved! You can do the shopping at Tesco, Asda, Argos,You will be shopping for household items, Electronics,clothing and bibles. I will provide you my UPS account number for Shipping.. All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will be applied into the account..I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well the funds to cover them.. If I were to mail you bank draft payment to do my errands plus upfront payment for your service,how should your name appear on the Bank draft?

Kindly provide the information for payment.

CarpeThingy Tue 13-Nov-12 09:14:54

Goodness confused.

Yes, it certainly looks dodgy, but I'm racking my brains as to what they're up to.

tallwivglasses Tue 13-Nov-12 09:15:09

Dodgy. I've seen similar on Gumtree. Avoid!

mrskeithrichards Tue 13-Nov-12 09:15:52

Sounds odd.

They want your bank details.

dodgy as fuck.

mrskeithrichards Tue 13-Nov-12 09:16:46

It'll be something along the lines of sending you money then asking for it back and when you transfer it back their payment will fail to clear so you pay them.

You will have to buy stuff before the money has cleared probably and then the 'payment' will bounce.

or it will be money laundering.

ImperialStateKnickers Tue 13-Nov-12 09:17:25

Run like the wind....

mrskeithrichards Tue 13-Nov-12 09:18:15

They've not asked for details though because people get suspicious about that even though there's very little someone can do with your sort code and account number. They are on your card and cheque book!

HecatePropylaea Tue 13-Nov-12 09:18:31

Oh yes. That's dodgy.

I bet the bankers draft will turn out to be fake. The bank will reclaim the money and you'll be stuck with the bill.

I suggest you don't touch it with a bargepole.

People think bankers drafts are safe, but they're not.

Google bankers draft con. There's loads of stuff out there.

mum47 Tue 13-Nov-12 09:19:48

It is clearly a scam such as money laundering/computer hacking or something. Do not under any circumstances do this! Delete email immediately and do not respond to future emails - they may get into your computer system and access your bank details. you might want to contact the police/trading standards or somebody as it may be somethinig which is already known to them.

MrsWolowitz Tue 13-Nov-12 09:23:36

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starfishmummy Tue 13-Nov-12 09:32:10


Nancy66 Tue 13-Nov-12 09:32:52

Yep dodgy Nigerian based scam, most likely

Raspberrysorbet Tue 13-Nov-12 09:57:44

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jan2013 Tue 13-Nov-12 10:01:10

ive deleted their emails. its so frustrating when you are genuinely trying to find a job and you come across these scams. i learnt my lesson the hard way (doing kleeneze catalogues!) that you never ever pay out money to make money in anything! (unless of course, you are starting your OWN business!)

hiviolet Tue 13-Nov-12 11:15:59

The strange phrasing ("this process", etc) does suggest it's a classic Nigerian type scam. Also the talk if bibles grin Avoid!

CheeseandPickledOnion Tue 13-Nov-12 11:20:53

Hec has it in one. Someone tried this with a photoshoot and my DH. Sent a fake bankers draft and told him to pay the makeup artist out of it. That set of bells for us and we investigated it and found the scam about fake bankers drafts.

By the time you've be told it's fake and the money is taken back from you, you've already shelled out and send off what he wants.

kim147 Tue 13-Nov-12 11:35:38

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plim Tue 13-Nov-12 11:47:36

Laundering. Tax dodge. Avoid like the plague.

quoteunquote Tue 13-Nov-12 11:57:55

pass on the details to police.

these scams pick on people who can least afford to lose money.

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