• Report: #641116
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  • Submitted: Thu, September 16, 2010
  • Updated: Fri, September 17, 2010

  • Reported By: Elaine — Hewitt New Jersey United States of America
Internet United States of America

undercoversurvey@aol.com Mr Eddie I Rec'd 1,900 in money orders to go undercover for western union. The 1,900 bounced & Mr Eddie got away with it. Internet

*Consumer Comment: Try This And See If It Works...

*Consumer Comment: I'm 50/50 on this scam..

*Consumer Comment: This is a well known and often used SCAM!!

*Consumer Comment: Several reasons.

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Mr Eddie of undercoversurvey@aol.com stole 1,900.00 from my husband. He hired him on the internet to go under cover & study Western Union daily practices. He UPS'd him 2 money orders, totaling $1,900. Instructed him to cash them , Western Union the cash to an individual in Turkey. Thinking something strange , he canceled the transaction and collected back the money. Mr.Eddie called him and threatened prosecution if he did not Western Union the money to him in Florida. Scammed twice !! He sent the money. Wachovia Bank received the 2 money orders back unpaid , charged & froze our account, pending investigation. We filed a report with Bank. We also filed a Police Report.

The Police , laughed at me. After apologizing , they claim "There's not enough Police to chase every scam". Why can't the banking industry protect us from fake money orders?
They should assume some responsibility and help catch the criminal.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/16/2010 08:04 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/undercoversurveyaolcom/internet/undercoversurveyaolcom-mr-eddie-i-recd-1900-in-money-orders-to-go-undercover-for-west-641116. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Try This And See If It Works...

AUTHOR: Bman - (United States of America)

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#2 Consumer Comment

I'm 50/50 on this scam..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (USA)

True..no doubt this poster is gullible as the day is long. However...why did Wachovia not even TRY to warn this customer that these types of money orders are not 25%, or 30%...or 62.99%...but 100% FRAUD?..every time..without fail.

So one really could also ask..is this bank living under a rock as well?

Don't get me wrong..I am not really implying that the bank is responsible for this..but certainly the banking industry is aware of these scams. And MOST banks will either warn the customer...or not even accept the money orders. But..if they did that..the bank would stand to lose on fees that can occur..so perhaps it was in this banks best interests, to perpetuate this scam buy turning the other cheek.

The end of this post asks a simple question..."Why can't the banking industry protect us from fake money orders?"

Simple answer is...they can. By throwing any check or money order like this in the garbage at time of deposit, like they have been doing in the UK which has greatly cut down on this type of scam.

But..this is Wachovia so don't expect much help.
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#3 Consumer Comment

This is a well known and often used SCAM!!

AUTHOR: Inspector - (USA)

You must live under a rock to not know this.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Several reasons.

AUTHOR: Flynrider - (USA)

"Why can't the banking industry protect us from fake money orders?"

  Because the bank has no way of knowing that the money orders are fake until they are processed through the system.  

  Honestly, your husband did nothing to protect himself.  Why would you expect the bank to take responsibility?   This scam actually takes advantage of banking regulations that were intended to "protect" the consumer.  They require banks to make funds available on deposits before the checks/money orders physically clear. 

 Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when dealing with unknown persons on the Internet :

  Why would someone who has never met you send valid money orders worth $1900?  You are just a an email address on the Internet.  Real businesses do not send large amounts of money to someone whose only contact is via the 'net.  They would be ripped off every day.  Only someone sending fake money orders would do this.

  Why would someone who is supposedly in the Secret Shopper business be emailing you from a throwaway AOL account?  Most legitimate businesses will email you from their corporate domain.

  Western Union and Moneygram are the primary avenues for scammers to get your money, since there is no paper trail.  Those companies discourage people from using their services for sending money to people that they don't know personally and have signs to that effect at their locations.  Anytime anyone you don't know asks you to send money that way, you are being scammed.  Around 9 out of 10 scams reported on this site involved Western Union or Moneygram transfers.



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