Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Successfully Scammed the Scammer

I nearly got scammed trying to get tickets to the Michigan/Michigan State game off Craigslist earlier this week.

Someone was offering $600 for four tickets on the 50 yard line. When I inquired about the tickets, the scammer, using the fake name Dan Brenner, told me he could set up a transaction through ebay using Western Union - where the funds would only be released to him once I received the tickets. He sent a real looking ebay transaction with my user name/address and his user name and address in the UK. He wanted me to send the transaction number (MTCN) and a photocopy of the receipt.

I stopped at a currency exchange and after asking some questions discovered that Western Union functions like a Swiss Bank account in that all you need is a MTCN number to get your cash and there's no way to hold a payment until a transaction is verified. It's a very popular internet scam apparently.

I did some research and found that the London address that this scammer sent me (I felt like a moron trying to buy football tickets from someone in the UK) was an international call center and I found evidence of him using the same address to prey on an LSU fan.

After doing a little more research, I found out that he wanted me to send a copy of the receipt because people often send scammers fake MTCN numbers to mess with them. Thankfully, I found this gem, which provided the template for a fake Western Union receipt.

My friends, it was on! I created a fake email address for Angelina Graziano and responded to the ad:

Angelina Graziano Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 1:18 PM
To: sale-bgkzy-1988585127@craigslist.org
Subject: Michigan/MSU football tickets!
hey there! hope im not too late. r u still selling the tix??? i would totally like to buy them.

thx!
Angie

dan Brenner Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM
To: Angelina Graziano
The tickets are still available.If you are interested to buy them reply me with your full name, address and your eBay id so we can start the transaction.

Thanks


Angelina Graziano Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM
To: dan Brenner
OMG! so excited!


Angelina Graziano Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM
To: dan Brenner
sorry 4got to add my info!

Angela Graziano
ebayid: Angelove89

10382 Line Dr,
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Thx!!!!!!!!! XOXO =)!!!

dan Brenner Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM
To: Angelina Graziano
Did you received the invoice from eBay how to purchase the tickets from me?

Please read the invoice. You will send the money to an eBay agent. Not to me. eBay will send the funds to me ONLY AFTER you will send them the confirmation that you have the tickets in hand and they are real.

I will wait your reply

Thank You

Angelina Graziano Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM
To: dan Brenner
i didnt know u were in london! Bonjour!!! lol! i was there last summer and saw pierce brozlin (sp?) on the london eye and got so excited i left ipod on the ride. one of your policemen with the funny hats had to help me find it!!!

im on my way to western union now! Thx!!!

Angelina Graziano Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 3:15 PM
To: dan Brenner
OMG! my roomate says that bonjour is 4 france. you must think im so dumb. sorry...

off to eastern union!!!

dan Brenner Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 3:28 PM
To: Angelina Graziano
Angelina,
Did you sent the payment?


dan Brenner Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 4:31 PM
To: Angelina Graziano
still there?

Angelina Graziano Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM
To: dan Brenner
hey u! i sent the payment!
sorry my scanner is so bad.

the number is: 3804117256


thank u so much! my ex-boyfriend will be so surprized!!!!



dan Brenner
Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 4:34 PM
To: Angelina Graziano
Did you sent the payment for next day or money in minutes?


Angelina Graziano Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 4:42 PM
To: dan Brenner
money in minutes. why, is everything okay? my ex-boyfriend is so excited!!!!

XOXO. thank u!!!

ps do u have a picture of the tickets? lol. just cant wait to see them!


dan Brenner Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 4:45 PM
To: Angelina Graziano
Tomorrow morning i will email you the scanned paper from UPS...Please email me once you will receive them.ok?
I am at work right now


Angelina Graziano Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM
To: dan Brenner
k, enjoy the rest of ur day. u made mine!!!!


dan Brenner Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM
To: Angelina Graziano
Please call at western union and see what is the problem. the eBay agent can't pick up the money..i don't know why


Angelina Graziano Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM
To: dan Brenner
OMG! please don't send the tix to someone else. i sent you the wrong number. so sorry! you must think im so dumb. :( a wrote a 1 instead of a 4! so sorry!!! :(


dan Brenner Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:27 AM
To: Angelina Graziano
no problem Angelina..The tickets will arrive tomorrow.
It's ok?


dan Brenner Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM
To: Angelina Graziano
what is the correct mtcn?


Angelina Graziano Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:44 AM
To: dan Brenner
what's an mtcn? is that my sociatal security number?

thx!!!!

dan Brenner Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:47 AM
To: Angelina Graziano
Angelina...the mtcn from western union

Angelina Graziano Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:54 AM
To: dan Brenner
im confused. my roomate has a better scanner - should i send you a better copy of the recept?

thank u for being so patent with me. sorry i am so dumb.

dan Brenner Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:57 AM
To: Angelina Graziano
Yes...send me a better copy


Angelina Graziano Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:59 AM
To: dan Brenner



dan Brenner Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 11:08 AM
To: Angelina Graziano
:)))) nice..i like monkeys:)))


Angelina Graziano Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 11:36 AM
To: dan Brenner
i figured he could keep u company while i scan the recept. lol


Angelina Graziano Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:28 PM
To: dan Brenner
sorry it took so long - i have the scan you ready or should i send you another monkey pic. lol!!!!


dan Brenner Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:28 PM
To: Angelina Graziano
send the scanned paper


Angelina Graziano Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:40 PM
To: dan Brenner
Dan,

While I suspect you will continue to troll the internet, taking money from innocent people with this tired Western Union scam - I hope that posting this conversation to every internet forum I can get a hold of will not only alert people to your crap, but encourage them to mess with you and waste your time in new and creative ways.

11 comments:

John V. said...

Well done sir. Well done.

Uncle Grouchy said...

DOn't beleive the Scicilians. Revenge is a dish best served steaming hotYou can always save some cold stuff for dessert later on.

JZ said...

Jonah, how did you know exactly what an MSU chick would sound like? Bonjour!! Hahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog, you just saved me $800. Just before I was about to complete the transaction for 4 tickets to Saturday's World Series game in Arlington, I decided to google his name and came across this site. So I copied and pasted it to the reply email and said I would pass. Well done indeed and I owe you a beer.

hoesley said...

Hilarious...the monkey pic cracked me up.

Jennifer said...

nice!

Rachel said...

That's hilarious!

rhino2007 said...

Thanks I just wish I saw this sooner, he got me for $750.00 least year opening day Blackhawks VS Redwings. I hope someone catches him and makes him pay for this disgusting scam. Be very careful it looks absolutely legitimate

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Natasha Hughes said...

Excellent, I need to use your monkey picture.. Being scammed and asking for a scanned receipt right now so im gonna send the monkey pic... love it x

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