Victim Location 79602
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order
Was contacted by phone, then text, and then by email about needing a roof on a house that was just purchased here in Abilene Texas. the house is located on 1917 *** street. The gentleman that contacted me was James Newman, email is [email protected] We talked on the phone first, he agreed that we should go out and look at the property. He texted me the day of and said he couldn’t make it but we should go ahead on go. I got his email address to email him an estimate. A month later he emails me back this.
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:44:01 +0100
Subject: Re: Estimate 1002 from *** Construction LLC
From: [email protected]
Thank you for getting back to me with the total estimate.
I would need a little favor from you.
Because am just presently, recuperating from the diagnosis of lung
Cancer and i still go to the hospital for check up. As stated that i’m
out of town and i just recently bought this home and i would like the
roof to be replace before i could relocate and move in with my family
once completed. I am having problem balancing the former owner of the
house. I only paid part of the payment and due to the fact that he
doesn’t have the facility to accept credit card for payment, then i
decided that you would be able to help me out, I will really
appreciate it if you could do a perfect job for me regarding the roof
replacement. I will also like you to do me a favor due to my present
condition for now. The initial owner of the house do not have access
to credit card facility that is why i want you to handle everything
for me, i will mail you a check payment with the sum of $9836.90 and you
will deduct the sum of $1836.90 deposit of your service and wire the
remaining $8,000.00 to the former owner of the property who sold the
house to me as this is the balance payment for the purchase of my
home. Once the former owner have the $8,000.00 he will make the keys
available to you. I will be paying you the balance of your work once
the job has been completed.
I just think this is weird and a possible scam.