I think I've been scammed...

iamskew

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Hey anandtech, I haven't posted in quite some time, but I'm coming to you all now for your opinions on my situation. I'll try to make this story as short as possible:

I'm a college student who took an internship out of state and was stuck with 3 months left on a lease at college for a room I wouldn't be staying in. I wanted to sublet the room and after a lack of success, posted the room on craigslist. More than a month after I posted the ad online, which mentioned I was "Desperate" to sublet, I recieved an e-mail from a man claiming to be from the U.K. who wanted to rent the room for his niece who he would be giving a vacation to because she had done well on her college final exams. Eventually we get to the point where he wants to send my family a few thousand more dollars than the rent (well, someone from Canada would be sending a check from an American bank) and we are to wire the remainder to Maryland.
The day before the money is to be wired, I get phone call at 2 a.m. and a subsequent e-mail telling me the money should now be wired to Nigeria. I follow the instructions, and wire the money to Nigeria.
Things were messy enough already, but this is when they get MESSY.
I don't remember the exact sequence of events, but basically I start to be contacted by two people. Both tell me not to listen to anyone else, but one is decidedly more convincing about his knowledge of the transaction than the other. He is even able to describe the check that was sent.
He tells me his e-mail was hacked and I should send the money to Maryland instead of Nigeria. The wire is cancelled and sent to Maryland instead, the the transfer number is eventually sent to Maryland. Mind you, both callers sound exactly the same and claim to be the same person, but phone numbers do vary (one comes from Canada, the other says Caller ID blocked).
I here nothing from anyone the next day, but the day after, I start being called by the guy from Nigeria, who starts to claim that I have stolen his money by not sending it to Nigeria and instead of sending it to Maryland. He tells me via e-mail that his account was never hacked.
I tell him I followed his instructions, and if his e-mail has not been hacked then the money is in Maryland at the address in Maryland I was originally told to send it to anyway, so the money is not missing, it's just not in Nigeria, it's with his "client" in Maryland.
He then begins to threaten to have the FBI come after me, catch me, and "crush" me.

That is where the story basically ends for now. I recieved one more e-mail with more about how the FBI would be coming for me, but I changed my phone number because I was sick of recieving phone calls at least every hour from Canada or Nigeria. It's only like half a day later, but I'm waiting for that call from the bank telling me the check was a fraud and I owe them thousands of dollars which I don't have.

What do you all think? Have I been scammed? I appreciate your opinions.


Cliffs:
Room for rent.
Renter from outside country.
Check for thousands more than rent.
Told to wire money to another person in the USA.
Then told to wire money to Nigeria.
Then told, but apparently another party, that Nigeria was wrong and the money should stay in USA.
Then told by Nigeria party I have stolen his money and the FBI will be coming for me.
Change my phone number.
One e-mail since.
 

KB

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This is a joke right? If not, then you are so scammed.

Let me give you some advice. If it is based in or has any affiliation, mention or is even closed to Nigeria or Floridia, it is a scam.
 

iamskew

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Alright, despite the harshness, It's comforting at least to know others agree and I can quit listening to this guy who is driving me crazy. The whole thing is annoying because I've always been up on scams and just didn't know about this one. The week before I had just turned down a guy claiming to be a student from South Africa as a scammer.

Anyway, thanks all for your sympathies. I'm out $4Gs+
 

iamskew

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Originally posted by: KB
This is a joke right? If not, then you are so scammed.

Let me give you some advice. If it is based in or has any affiliation, mention or is even closed to Nigeria or Floridia, it is a scam.

That's the thing, Nigeria never came up until a 2 a.m. phone call. That's how they got me fooled. It was always supposed to go through the U.K. I guess I'll see if the money was collected in Maryland and try to stop it if it hasn't been.

I've contacted the authorities but I don't think that will do me much good.
 

AbsolutDealage

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Originally posted by: pravi333
most definately yes

Fixed.

OP, this better be a joke. How have you not heard of this scam before? Have you been living in a cave for the past 5 years?
 

rsd

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Originally posted by: iamskew
Originally posted by: KB
This is a joke right? If not, then you are so scammed.

Let me give you some advice. If it is based in or has any affiliation, mention or is even closed to Nigeria or Floridia, it is a scam.

That's the thing, Nigeria never came up until a 2 a.m. phone call. That's how they got me fooled. It was always supposed to go through the U.K. I guess I'll see if the money was collected in Maryland and try to stop it if it hasn't been.

I've contacted the authorities but I don't think that will do me much good.

You should've realized it was a scam when they sent you more money than was necessary and wanted you to wire some back...:shocked:
 

So

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What part of "Never trust anyone you don't know wiring money overseas, no matter how 'desperate' they claim to be." don't you get.

and don't forget rule #1 of the intarwebs: "If Nigeria is involved, you're being scammed."

Come on people!
 

supastar1568

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twice for my laptop auction did the "buyer" asked to have it shipped to Nigeria and I would receive the money after ii provided a tracking number.

yea, anything to do with Nigeria
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: So
What part of "Never trust anyone you don't know wiring money overseas, no matter how 'desperate' they claim to be." don't you get.

and don't forget rule #1 of the intarwebs: "If Nigeria is involved, you're being scammed."

Come on people!

all that is true. but the big tip was he got paid MORE and they wanted him to wire the remainder back.

 

Cutterhead

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This is textbook scamming material here. You were most likely just used as an intermediary to launder money to Nigeria. At least you haven't lost any of your own money at this point. I would contact the authorities and let them know what happened. Whatever you do, do not give any money to these people.

Now, that being said...
Originally posted by: iamskew
The day before the money is to be wired, I get phone call at 2 a.m. and a subsequent e-mail telling me the money should now be wired to Nigeria. I follow the instructions, and wire the money to Nigeria.

What the hell were you thinking? I don't mean to be rude, but I am just having a very hard time understanding your thought process here. You are trying to sub-lease your college apartment, and then you are suddenly wiring someone else's money to Nigeria? Wasn't there some point in between there, where you stopped and thought, "Why am I wiring money to Nigeria to sub-lease my apartment?" or at the very least "Maybe this isn't a good idea." Just wondering...

Edit: I take it back, apparently you are out some of your own money. Jesus, dude.
 

Ramma2

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Contact the authorities in the town it was wired to, so they can be there and bust the guy when he comes to collect.
 

purbeast0

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wow i had no clue that these guys actually scam people out this much money, let alone someone who is on anandtech and atleast has some knowledge of computers.

so now atleast I understand why these nigerians send all those emails - cause people will fall for em.

wow just wow.