Victim Location 04263
Type of a scam Charity
I received a text email to my phone asking me to contact via email someone regarding a donation being made to "improve poverty in my area" that I was to distribute. I responded only with my mailing address as they stated I would receive a courier check. Suspicious throughout, I did not divulge any personal information (SS# or banking etc). The email I was asked to respond to was actually a different one: Identifying themselves as Adrian and Gillian Bayford at [email protected]
I knew it was a scam when they asked me to provide them with $499.64 to deliver the check.
This is a copy of the email from [email protected]:
RAPID INTERNATIONAL COURIER SERVICES
Today at 12:17 PM
Heather D Butler
Image result for rapid despatch courier logo
RAPID INTERNATIONAL COURIER SERVICES
Robert Cort Industrial Estate
Britten Road, Berks RG2 0AU England
Tel: +44 703 193 3658
Fax: +44 872 331 2746
PARCEL REGISTRATION NUMBER: EMMBG/1142/03
Dear Heather Butler ,
Welcome to Rapid International Courier Services where your entire shipping problem is made easy. Rapid Despatch have been providing a high quality service to customers in and around the world since 2003. You should expect a faster, more convenient and environmental friendly way to ship internationally. I am David Murray the dispatch officer whom will be guiding you with the shipment procedures of your parcel and be rest assured of a friendly transaction process.
Your parcel with registration number EMMBG/1142/03 which contains a certified cashier check has been officially handed over to us by Mr & Mrs Bayford for onward delivery to you personally and it will be dispatched Via First Class AIR SURE delivery channel once you meet up with our payment requirements.
DELIVERY OPTIONS: PLEASE KINDLY PICK ONE OF THE DELIVERY OPTION
EXPRESS DELIVERY: This method will take 48 hours which is 2 business working days. And will cost 994.00 USD VAT Incl.
BASIC DELIVERY: This method of delivery will take 5 business working days. And will cost 499.64 USD VAT Incl.
You are entitle to pay for the delivery fees of your parcel to be delivered to you. After we have confirm the payment, then we will proceed with the delivery of your parcel at once over to your registered addresses. Payments will be done at any MONEY GRAM location close to you because it very fast and reliable since most of our customers prefer their services. You are to make payment with the details of one of our representative in your country which we will send to you after you pick your delivery option.
We do not accept cash on delivery (COD) proposal for such package. Air sure charge for onward delivery must be paid through our choice of service to our office as instructed within a period of 1 working day after the receipt of this mail so do make urgent contact with me upon receipt of this mail with payment information.
Finally upon receipt of full payment , your parcel shall be dispatched. As soon as we complete the shipment process an original scanned copy of your parcel shipment dispatch slip and the tracking number of the shipment will be sent to you for your verification.
We sincerely hope the above information is helpful to you and I would like to thank you for giving us this opportunity to serve your needs. Should you have any further queries.
Do no hesitate to write to us. Until we hear from you again, take care!
Thanks for Using Our Services.
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