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Feb 08, 2013
Posted by Bruno

Couple weeks ago I was looking for a tenant for my house. I placed an ad on Kijiji (classified ads website owned by eBay for my out-of-Canada readers). This is the conversation I had with this "phisher". She started by sending me a text message as she seemed interesting in the house. The purpose of this post on my blog is just to make you all aware one more time that so-called "phishers" are everywhere and sometimes you really need to pay attention to their scam before getting screwed. Oh, by the way her so-called name was Julie Furukawa and her email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in case someone replied to one of your ad with this name ;).

 I:

Hi there,

You sent me a text message regarding the condition of the room that I rent.

It is currently available, you can move in asap.

Please give me a call for a viewing if you want to at xxxxxxxxxx.

Requirements to rent the room (for my insurance): minimum 30 days stay + you must currently work.

Thank you!

Bruno

Her:

Hi Bruno,
Many thanks for your response. I am 27 year young non smoker lady coming to Canada . I work as chef on cruise ship at the moment and i have limited time to surf the internet and also phone calls is also strictly limited due to nature of my work. I will like you to make the arrangement for the total cost covering my first three months rent together with deposit. I will also like you to get back to me with some pics and your full home address for me to forward it to my mover to calculate the total cost of moving my little stuffs to Canada. I will be waiting to read back from you. Cheers
Julie

After this email I knew it was a scam because I received dozens of similar emails each week trying to fish me but I decided to play a little bit around. However if you're not use to it this is not always straight forward.

I:

Hi Julie,

Please find enclosed the pics.

The total cost for the three months would be: 500 x 3 = 1500$ + utilities (let's say 100$/month but it is going to be less than that) = 300$ + deposit 500$ = 2300$

I have couple of other people interested so I can only secure the rooms for you if you pay me the security deposit.

 For fast payment you can pay me via Interac using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as my email address.

Also I would need a proof of your employment for my insurance company.

When would you be interested to move in?

Please let me know asap what you think.

Bruno

Her:

 Hi Bruno,
 I need a kind favor from you and i will be happy if you can sort it out for me. I was just about to pay when i received an email from my shipping company, my shipping agent says i will need to pay for the moving before they can ship my items, they charge me $782.00 for pick up and delivery and payment for pick up will be made to the corporate international headquarters in Italy. The payment will be made via western union money transfer. I will add $782.00 to my rent deposit making $3,182.00 in total which you will kindly help me to send the excess $782 to their corporate headquarters in Italy, i will send the funds through PayPal and email you to let you know when i am done with the transfer. The money transfer to the shipping agent can be done by visiting any western union money transfer outlet. i have also included $100.00 for the western union money transfer charges. I would have done it myself but i can't for some circumstances regarding my work schedule, i will appreciate your kindness regarding this. You will get a payment notification from PayPal immediately i transfer the funds. Regards
 Julie

I:

Sure, waiting for your funds through Paypal.

Her:

Hi Bruno,
l would like to inform you that i have completed the payment for the rent and the funds has been deducted from my account, kindly check your PayPal email address for payment notification from paypal. I will like you to kindly transfer the mover agent fee today cos payment must be confirmed on before the pick up date. My items are expected to be picked up by 16th Jan which is Wednesday and i do not want to reschedule the date to avoid being charged more. Below is the details of my mover agent where the sum of $782 CAD is to be sent cos you only need the name and address for western union money transfer. I added extra $100 to cover western union charges making $3,182.00 CAD in total. All you need to do is to go to the western union outlet with the cash, ask for money transfer form and then fill the form accordingly. 
Mover Agent Info
Name- Nelly Shakespeare
Address- Via Eschilo 61
              Rome,Italy. 00125 Kindly get back to me with the money transfer control number given to you by the western union agent and also your full name and address provided while sending the money, i will forward it to the mover and let them know the transfer is being done by a friend on my behalf. Cheers
Julie

I:

 I haven't received anything from Paypal. How weird is that?

Her:

Hi Bruno,
I had made the payment and PayPal must have notified you, kindly check your spam and inbox folder for payment notification from PayPal. Cheers
Julie

I:

Hey Julie,

 My mistake I indeed received the payment (note: I received indeed a fake email from Paypal). I'll go to western union today, your room is booked.

I'll get back to you later with the money transfer control number to transfer you the $782.

 Thanks.

Her:

Hi Bruno,
Thanks for your kindness, I will be waiting to read back from you with the money transfer details. Cheers
Julie

I:

There you go I went to Western Union.

My confirmation number is: 8468789952-2546586 (note: number I invented from scratch)

Please let me know if the transfer went through.

Her:

Kindly send me the money transfer receipt.

I:

Sure, please find it attached.

Thanks.

This is the picture I've attached:

Kijiji-Phishing

Recent comments

  • Hiba

    I got a similar email as well, but with a few different variations. Same story about working on a cruise etc & she kept talking about her personality & being honest. This week another guy emailed me about a room for rent I was advertising. When I started to ask questions such as what month ...
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Jan 15, 2013
Posted by Bruno

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