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Posted By: Chanel C Francois <email@example.com>
Monday, 30 January 2006, at 11:25 a.m.
Hi there i am new to this site. Let me say 1st off, love what you're doin.
Like so many of us yes i am unemployed, and like so many of us i have posted my resume' on a few of the employment websites (monster, hot-jobs, career builders etc). One day last month as i'm checking my e-mails i received one from a company saying that they got my resume' from the career-builders website and that with my background in finance would like to "send" me some information regarding career opportunities with their company. What do i have to lose i thought, so i responded with my name and address (that's all), thinking they would send me some information by mail for my review and then response. Nothing came. Okay so moving along with my job search at the beginning of this month i receive another e-mail, stating the following: "We are glad that you decided to collaborate with us. Please confirm your address .
Send us the address and the telephone number one more time.
We insist that you think one more time and make a certain decision .
If you give us a positive answer at the beginning and then change your
mind it will be problem for us to abolish the check. We will have to abolish the check and then again to look for a person who will get it. Soon our partners from the USA will send you a check. We’ll let you know about it beforehand and send you the information about it. As well we’ll tell you to whom you should transfer the check after the cashing". I forward it to my son who reads it and and figures it's a scam. So i ignore it don't send them any additional info about myself and move on. Well about a week later a 3rd e-mail this time saying "Thank's for accepting our check". We sent to your address (never received any check) (On an envelope inscription Evro Venture Capital)
You may receive check after 7-10 days. If you have questions,please
check this link http://www.euro-venture.net/faq.html. Since i had not received a check from them i once again ignored the e-mail. Well now low and behold this pass Saturday, i check my mail box and in it were two checks (post dated) for $1800.00 each in an envelope with a post mark from "Turkey" with only the name of the company (no return address). So now of course i immediately DON'T WANT anything to do with this so i go directly to my email to look for a some sort of address to mail the checks back to. Much to my surprize there is another email from these people dated one day after the dated on the check threatening me of disappearing with the funds and that they will report me to the US Government (could they just). So i reply to that email saying that i am not interested this is a hassle and since i have no return address for them i will be mailing the check to the companys information printed on the check 1st thing Monday morning. Two hours later i get this: "Hello!Sorry so much,a misundestanding has occured.Everybody has problems sometimes.Our colleague KSENIA ZHELTYAKOVA who is responsible for receiving the cash from Western Union is in hospital now.
And the system of Western union can't give us out the money.We apologize to you for these inconveniences.As you will have to apply to Western Union once more we will compensate you 5 from the sum of the check. So, your total profit will be 15.Please,make at once changes in other information in Western Union".
Country Russian Federation
I had my son to take the checks & i forwarded all e-mails to him to make copies of everything. I will like to turn this stuff over to the authorities, in case these are stolen checks or being written off of an account and no one has knowledge of what is going on. Sorry for the length but i'm certain that this is some sort of scam. So i am wondering if any of you have heard of anything like this? And who can i take my concerns to legally?
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