Category Archives: Other Random Goings-on

Lost Wedding Ring

I lost my wedding ring. It’s heartbreaking.

It’s a plain, platinum silver band, quite thin (maybe 4mm?), a Cartier with ‘Home 10th September 2016’ engraved on the inside. I can provide the serial number as proof it is mine.

Lost at some point on Monday 13th February 2017, in between Hoe Street, Walthamstow and Tileyard Road, Kings Cross, London.

This is a long shot but if it ever gets found please contact me.

The great Internet car scam(s) Part 4

Ooh, another email today:

Hello,

I know payment should have gotten to you by now,ples kindly get back to me AsAP

Needless to say no payment has arrived yet.

The great Internet car scam(s) Part 3

OK so despite me telling the guy that I’ve already sold the car he’s still really keen to buy it. I got this email this morning:

How are you today,sorry for the delay my financier caused in this transaction,my client lost his wife which had really made him so down and also the mistake was actually from the zipcode on the address,but it has been rectified and resent to your address.

pls kindly get the funds deposited and inform me as soon as the payment arrives at your premises for further instructions.

I look forward to read from you asap.

Will be nice to see who the cheque’s from (when/if it arrives). If it does then, of course, I’ll cash it. A few days later I’m guessing he’ll tell me the deal is off and he needs the money back, which is where I’ll get stung. So I’ll insist to him that I sent the money back and see what happens.

The great Internet car scam(s) Part 2

OK so the one with the Subaru I knocked on the head pretty much straight away. First I get a message from someone saying:

Hello, I saw your item and I’d like to buy it. Please contact me at my work e-mail address: jonny.*****@googlemail.com Very interested, thanks. – iggyhood – 503-404-****

Fuck knows why I even bothered *’ing out their name/number. Whatever. Anyway, I replied with:

Use ‘buy it now’ then. Mark

Maybe I should rinse this bastard as well. I thought I’d play up to it as I think it’s a hijacked eBay account, so I emailed him asking if he wanted to do business. Let’s see what happens…

The great Internet car scam(s)

Right now I’ve got two cars on eBay. A Subaru Impreza STI and a very rare 1997 Nissan Stagea RS4. Someone is trying to scam me. In fact, two different people are trying to scam me at the same time. How do I know? I know becasue I’ve had it before. About 3 years ago someone offered to give me nearly £3k over the asking price of a car (bringing it to nearly £12k). If this wasn’t enough to send alarm bells ringing the cheque they sent me was from a tiny pet shop in the middle of nowhere. I know because I rang them up. I tagged the scammers along, called the Police but unfortunately even the officer I spoke to on the phone conceded that little was likely to happen, even though I had the scammers mobile number (it sounded as though he worked in some kind of call center).

Anyway, let’s start with the Stagea. I thought I’d try a small ad in facebook.com as I’ve never tried a marketplace listing before. Sure enough, this garnered a message from a Mr K. Brown (from the US) who seemed incredbly keen to secure the car ‘for his client’, who is buying it as a present for his son ‘in Delmark’ (wherever that is).

Hello,
Good day,I saw your advert where you placed it and I think it suits my client’s requirement , I am interested in your car, I would like to know the condition of the item, i like what i see in the picture.
I would like to know what your best price would be to enable me make an immediate purchase .
Payment will be made by cheque or banker’s draft, I will be looking forward to hear from you.
You can contact me on this 4470319***** or 4470319*****
Thank you for your time.

Kindly mail back into this Email Adds —————***********@hotmail.com

At first I was defensive and replied back with a stern:

Best price is £4195, payable by debit card or cash.

Then I became curious and playful and decided to tell him that £3000 would be fine. He replied, via facebook.com with:

I will be okay with the price .If you want to have it sold to me,a physical contact address will be needed and the name to be written on the check,please,p.o.box wont be prefarable,so i could have check sent out to you.Please i will awiait your reply.And my shipping agent will come pick up at your place when ready.The shipping fee will be included as an overdraft on the payment made out to you,My client his buying this as a gift which have to be presented to his SON in Delmark
Please get back to me with these informations to enhance payment as soon as possible, the latest condition of the car, Name that will be on the payment slip(Certified Cheques/bankers draft ), Full contact Address including postal code and finally the Tel/Personal mobile number

MAIL BACK TO ———***********@hotmail.com

I’ve sent him my work address and my own name to appear on the ‘cheque’. If what I think will happen, happens, I should receive a shady cheque in the next couple of days. I have a strategy I intend to persue so will keep you updated…