Scam Alert- What you need to know.....

WARNING Every church that lists furniture on this site is warned about scams.
Do not respond to inquiries from anyone overseas, including Great Brittan, Nigeria, or other countries. There are scam artists who will attempt to “buy” your pews and send you an over payment, supposedly to cover shipping. They then ask you to send the over payment to their “shipper” in the US who will supposedly come get the pews. Note the poor use of the English language, and common greeting “Goodday”, or generic type wording. Warning… they now are attempting to say they are in the USA or Canada. but they are not. Below is info on how to verify legitimate churches in the USA and Canada.

The “certified” or bank checks they send are counterfeits.

See www.fakechecks.org for info!

Do not, under any circumstances, give out your bank account number or info for transfers of money. You could lose everything in your account!

The Latest Scam involves someone buying pews for a Charity home (see below)

This is a scam, and you should not respond to these “buyers”.

They are commonly called 419 scams. More info here.

Many of these scam attempts use poor English.

Latest Scams….

They pretend sometimes to have a hearing problem so they cannot talk on the phone to you.

They pretend they are in the USA but they are not!

Notice the poor use of English and misspelled words.

Scam Examples:

 

…Are from Rev. Rob Williams in CA

Hi,

My name is Rev. Rob Williams, i live in Ca, and am presently interested in the church furnitures you have for sale.I’ll need you to get back to me with the amount and the full discription and condition of the item so that i can make necessary arrangements as am really interesred in it.Have a nice time and get back soon.

Best Regards,
Rev Rob Williams

 

…and Eric Moore of Wisconsin….

We strongly suggest that all transactions on this site should be between churches and

congregations, missions, chapels, funeral homes, etc. in the USA or Canada only,

unless you personally know the people you are dealing with overseas.

 

Another scam is to contact your ministry or church and offer a donation of a million or more – these are ALL SCAMS!  Do not respond to them!

How to verify legitimate churches in the USA and Canada:

Spend a moment or make a call and safe yourself some grief!

  • Ask them for the normal info, name of church, address, phone, website.
  • Go to any telephone search engine (like www.switchboard.com) and look them up.
  • Call them back on the number and see who answers.
  • Type their church name and city into Google.  See what you get.
  • Ask them to verify by giving the name of their Bishop, Administrator, Deacon, or similar.  Contact them and ask for verification.   Ask for directions to the church.
  • Ask for their denomination headquarters for the area.  Call them.
  • Contact the Chamber of Commerce in their town.  Ask them to verify the location.
  • Call someone in YOUR denomination in that area.  Ask them to drive by and see the church or meet someone for you there.
  • Contact local authorities or Better Business Bureau to verify info.
  • Use Common Sense and Don’t get misled by $$ signs!

 

 

Here are  examples of scam email we received…

Hello,
I’m intersted in buying this item from you, i want it for a charity home. I want you to get back to me with the last asking price and the condition. A shipping agent will be coming for the pick up as soon as you have your money at hand, you can get me you
details as you want it on a money order/cashiers check  and the address it should be mail to so i can secure the purchase of this from you.      i will be waiting to read from you as soon as you get this message.
Allen

Another comes from someone using  “Vineyard Churches of Canada” name and this email: vineyard_churches@yahoo.com.  They are not part of the Vineyard Churches in any way, but are just using this name fraudulently.

Hello,
My name is Brenda an agent interested in immediate purchase of your item. After several consideration over the advert placed on the website,my boss who has really shown interest in it and would really want to issue the payment in form of Money order. Will you be accepting a Money order? The Money order that will be drawn by my boss would include the cost of shipping + the cost for the sales of the item would be included on the same Money order .
We shall solely be responsible for the shippment of the item,so you have nothing to do with the shipping.
Provide your CONTACT NAME,ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER if you are interested in selling so that I can have it forwarded to my boss for immediate payment issuance. Please contact me asap via email for futher questions as regards this transaction If you really show willingness in selling this item and am expecting your response asap.
BEST REGARDS.

nb…….notify me with the last asking price for quick payment !!!!!!!!!!!
mensimacon9@yahoo.com

Helen Sarah

 

 

—-Original Message—–
From: mark garry [mailto:markgarry.garry3@gmail.com] Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 4:56 PM
Subject: order

Hello,

I am Mr.Mark Garry and would like to order(Church Pulpit)and

what would be the price for each unit so that i can Quote you with the

Quantity i want to order..Also what types of credit card do you accept

as payment..?Thank you and reply ASAP..

Thanks

 

—–Original Message—–
From: jason row [mailto:jasonrow8@gmail.com] Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:41 AM
Subject: order

Hello,

I am Mr.Jason Row and would like to order(Communion Tables)and

what would be the price for each unit so that i can Quote you with the

Quantity i want to order..Also what types of credit card do you accept

as payment..?Thank you and reply ASAP..

 

Thanks

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—–Original Message—–
From: Jamie Hopkins [mailto:jamiekins01@gmail.com] Sent: Sunday, August 01, 2010 5:45 AM
To: mail@usedpews.org
Subject: Australia order

 

Hello Sales,

I am interested in purchasing some of your products, I will like to know

if you can ship directly to Australia, I also want you to know my mode

of payment for this order is via Credit Card.

Get back to me if you can ship to that destination and also if you

accept the payment type I indicated. Kindly return this email with your

Website.

I await your quick response.

Kind Regards,

Jamie Hopkins

 

 

Hello

 

My name is Tracy William………….i will love to donate to this ministry through a check which i will like to have the contact address and full name ….that is going to recieve the check ok…………and i will like this ministry to help me out in one condition..am paying this ministry out of salary eraning which it will be send to you from my client and i will like this ministry to deduct $2,000 for the donation and help send theexcess funds to me via westernunion ok

 

If this is okay ……….kindly get back to me

 

God Bless

tracywilliams101@yahoo.com

Tracy

genesa420@yahoo.com>

 

Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 04:51:32 -0800 (PST)

Subject: ITEMS FOR SALE

Message-ID: <20060106125132.62946.qmail@web31411.mail.mud.yahoo.com>

 

Hello,
How are you doing there with your family hope all is well with you.i saw the advert for sale so i desided to email you maybe is still for sale because i have some interest in it and i will want you to give me is last offer for it and is present condition including is picture for it.and the payment will be by certified check.so get back to me asap with all these details needed.
Regards
Genesa.

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Hello,
how are you doing hope fine? may the peace of the good lord be unto you and your household.I wish to refer you to the advert you placed on the website. I saw your Product advert and I’m interested in it. kindly give me the total Amount you willing to sale it then I will make an arrengement for the Payment through   Check,  then you will receive it in  four to five days time ok,and for the shipping i have a reliable shipper that take care of my goods ok, I need your urgent reply as soon as possible ok…
and i will want you to provide me with this of your full info
name………address……..city……..state…….zipcode……phone……fax…….and country.
Regards,
rolland kerry

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I received this email which surely is a SCAM.  Thanks for alerting me before hand, although I might not have answered it anyway…she spelled Jesus wrong!

Viki McElroy

Subject:  used pews set 3826 at www.usedpews.org/central.htm#scentral
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Dear Seller,
Calvary greeting to you in the name of our lord Jusus christ. Am an auto mobile agent who deals across the north america and the coast of europes. am higly intrested in the immidiate purchase of your item posted online. i have a client who placed an order for this same item you want to sell and i dont have it at the moment.

In brief please answer my question below so we can proceed on the transaction without further delay.

What is the condition of the pews?
Why do you want to sell the pews?
What is your final asking price?
Do you accept a certified check as mode of payment?
Do you have more bold and closer pictures of the pew

Do get back to me in a timely manner so as to make conclussion and proceed to payment.

Thanks.

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Goodday ,
Thanks for your mail towards my offer,I’m well pleased with the Negotiable price..ok.Consecutively,for the means of payment am using Cashier’s Check,co’s it will turn out to real cash,so the Cashier’s Check will be Delivered to you Packagely by Courier service…at your Door-step,and  for the (PEWS),i will handle it,co’s i have a Well organised Shipper’s that will come for the pick up of the (PEWS), from  your Destination and i promise you that you will definitely enjoy doing business with me.
Furthermore,my Client is Residing in STATE , he is owing me a Sum of  money of ($4,500) and,so he will be Issuing a Cashier’s Check of ($4,500) you will be deducting your own money from it which is ($800) and you  will be sending the remaining balance  to my Shipper’s through Western Union Money transfer,so that i can instruct them to come for the Pick up of the (PEWS)  from you at your own convinient time….
Moreso,let me have your Full name which the Check will be made payable to your mailing address where it will be sent to, including your Cell Phone Number or any Number that i will be able to reach you  at given time.I hope this is stated to you Clearly and understanding Stay Bless…looking forward to your mail soonest my regard to you
  MR DAVID

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Goodday,

Thanks for your mail towards my offer,I’m well pleased with the Negotiable..ok.I do located in United Kingdom Consecutively,for the means of payment am using Cashier’s Check,co’s it will turn out to real cash,so the Cashier’s Check will be Delivered to you Packagely by Courier service…at your Door-step,and for the Walnut pews (set 1455)  ,i will handle it,co’s i have a Well organised  Shipper’s that will come for the pick up of theWalnut pews (set 1455),from your Destination and i do promise you  that you will definitely enjoy  doing business with me.

Furthermore,my Client is Residing in USA, he is owing me a Sum of money of $11,000 and,so he will be Issuing a Cashier’s Check of $11,000  you will be deducting your own money from it which is $6500, and you will be sending the remaining balance  to my Shipper’s through Western Union Money Transfer,so that i can instruct them to come for the Pick up of the

Walnut pews (set 1455)   from you at your own convinient time….

Moreso,let me have your Full name which the Check will be made payable to your mailing address where it will be sent to, including your Cell Phone Number or any Number that i will be able to reach you at given time.I hope this is stated to you Clearly and understanding Stay Bless…

PS:I will want you to kindly take-off the advert from the site..ok,so for doing that i will be willingly compensated you with $100,so your total deduction will be $6,600.

Sincerely,

Maxwell.

 

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I’m a Resaller/Dealer based in Germany,who is into importation, i have a registered international shipper that takes care of my shippings. So shipping is no problem, as soon as the transaction is completed my shipper will come for the pick up.my only request is if you will accept a Cashier cheque/Cheque drawn in United States Bank,I’m making request in puchase of your :  4 @ 20′ for $100 each, 2 @ 11’8″ for $75 each, 2 @  10’8″ for $50 each, and 2 @ 12’8″ for $50,So there is an Associate of  mine who is Interested in buying for a donation to a church so he will
be making the payment,which i can instruct him to issue out a cheque of  $8900 to you as soon as possible.payment will be made via Cashiers Check/Cheque drawn from any US Bank,Which i believe is the fastest way  the payment could be made,because if the cheque is to be sent to me,it will take about 30 days to clear here in my country,but if it’s paid  directly to you,it will take up to 2-3 days for you to cash the cheque,and it might be cashed instantly depend on your stand with your  bank.so I’m willing to entrust you with the excess funds on  the  cost,which you must Forward to my shipper via Western Union Money  Transfer as soon as the Cheque is cashed in your Bank or at the Cashing  point/store.My Shipper will be on ground to make the pick-up  in your location and to sign the relevant titles and papers on my behalf as soon as we seal the transaction and the payment is made.
So if my Payment terms is acceptable with you,you can mail me back to know in time and forward me your contact information that includes your Name/Address/Phone number, and Send a picture of it if available.I’m waiting  for your fruitful responce thanks.
Russell Jones. resallers@ameinfo.com

 

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