Wednesday, 16 March 2011
New Scam Tactic, Be alert !...just for sharing...
Any cheque banked in into your account need a few days to
transact. Although the amount appears in your account, but it's still
pending for transaction, the person issuing the cheque can cancel the cheque
at any time!
A few days ago, one of my friends received a sms with the message:
"You've strike 1st prize with a prize money of RMB200,000
cash." The sms came with a contact no. My friend ignored it
since he had heard of too many bogus scams using similar tactics.
After a short while his handphone rang, a Miss Fang asked: "Sir
have you received a sms telling you that you've strike 1st prize?"
My friend answered: "Yes, I have"
Miss Fang: "Please let us have your bank account number so that
we can deposit the money into your account."
My friend thought, why not, let's see what you can do. My
friend has a buddy who works in that bank. Hence, he gave her his account
Ten minutes later, my friend's handphone started ringing again.
Miss Fang said: "Sir, we have deposited your prize money into your
account, please check and verify."
My friend checked using his handphone and found that RMB
200,000 was really deposited into his account. He was euphoric, just like
that and he's RMB 200,000 richer!
30 minutes later, Miss Fang called again. She was crying: "I'm sorry
sir, I made a mistake, I forgot to deduct the tax before I deposited the prize
money, 20% of RMB 200,000 equals to RMB40,000.
Now the company wants me to reimburse the money.
Can you please return the RMB 40,000 tax? I beg you."
My friend thought for a while and felt pity for the lady.
Thinking of the money in his bank account, he went to the bank.
Suddenly he thought of his buddy working in that bank and
decided to ask his buddy to double check and confirm with him first.
Upon checking, his buddy found out that the money was deposited
using a cheque of a different bank.
Even though the cheque was deposited but the actual amount of
money can't be transfered into his account on the same day. If the other party decided to cancel the cheque, then he'll not get this RMB 200,000.
My friend was shocked. He almost lost RMB 40,000.
Before my friend left for home on that day, the cheque was actually
cancelled. If not for his buddy, if not for him being a professional, or if he was
cared of letting others know of striking the prize then this bogus scam would be successful.
This is a true story, please beware.
Future scams could be even better planned. Please don't forget
to forward to your friends and relatives to warn them from being cheated.