International 'net scam broken by Jen...

International 'net scam broken by Jenison woman

There are 31 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Aug 28, 2008, titled International 'net scam broken by Jenison woman. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Jen Anderson wanted a Prius, and answered an online classified for a used one. She put down $5,000 for the Prius she found online at Auto Trader.

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Longmont, CO

#22 Aug 29, 2008
Oh puhleeze--she 'broke the scam'? How by sitting at her computer crying? She was contacted by an investigator who added her to the list of 'screw-ees' that will never see their money back even with an arrest. Why would you send $5000 for something you've never seen to someone you don't know?? STUPID.

Grand Rapids, MI

#23 Aug 29, 2008
wow. i'm sorry she lost her money, but she doesn't sound all that bright to begin with...

Gowen, MI

#24 Aug 29, 2008
Neko wrote:
I wonder when the FBI is going to arrest the leaders of a certain Mega-Church in Dallas that hires code crackers to send denial of service attacks to abortion supporters who post on internet message boards like this?
I wonder when the FBI is going to arrest Michael Hayden and Mike O'Connell for breaking and entering the computers of anti-war protesters?(Ditto for the New York police chief for crimes committed during the elections of 2002, 2004, and 2006...I saved the data!)
I wonder how many FBI agents are investigating violation of the "Hatch Act" by "above the law" law enforcement officers in Michigan?
Under the "dishonest" Attorney Generals appointed by Bush....None!
Good reason to buy guns and lots of bullets and hunt Republican Party leaders like 20 point bucks.
(Liberal gun grabbers are "enablers" for George Bush and the Church/Police State NAZI Party!!!)
Thou art a Quince head! It just goes to prove the old adage; opinions are like rectums...everybody has one.
froggy log

Traverse City, MI

#25 Aug 29, 2008
I made that mistake with a little girl selling cookie dough for her school. She said she needed the money in advance, and I gave it to her. I never seen her again. And no Cookie dough. You always want to see the product first before putting any money down. Its common sense. Good thing my mistake only cost me $8.00.
a grandmother

Traverse City, MI

#26 Aug 29, 2008
Good job Jen!!! I hope they nail those scammers to the wall and somehow be able to recoup your, "that would be sweet"...

Clinton, OH

#27 Aug 29, 2008
I'll bet those Romanians in Dallas and back in the home country will appreciate word getting on the newswires that they are about to be arrested. Very considerate.
julia anderson

Grand Rapids, MI

#29 Aug 29, 2008
how whould like to get scam out of 5,000 dollor you people should not talk this hert are family so if this happing to you dont cry for help i love my sister and i whould do anying for her so stop saying shit about us
Doc Boston

Hopkinton, MA

#30 Aug 29, 2008
When I read stories like this, it shows that there is a sucker born every minute.

What the story is not sharing is the fact that there is a large influence of Nigerian scammers at work as a part of this. Dallas and Houston are one of the larger regions that have a high Nigerian population, of which many participate in these scams.

Some suggestions to those who consider buying a vehicle over the net.

1) As them to fax you a copy of the vehicle's title or most recent registration. Tell the seller you need it to get your insurance established in order to purchase the vehicle.

2) If they won't do that, ask them for the VIN, and actually run the VIN on Carfax just to see what comes back. Buying a 1980 Chevy truck from someone in California, but it was last registered in NY? Hmm.. worth looking into.

3) Ask the seller to send you pictures of the vehicle, but unique pictures... such as a picture of the interior, with a $5 dollar bill sitting on the driver's seat, or some other situation.

A Prius (or Pious) is one vehicle that is in demand, if they are looking to sell it out of state, that in itself is strange. If you put a used Pious for sale in Massachusetts, it'd be sold in less than a week to a local buyer. I'm sure that is the case in GR as well.

I've played against scammers several times, and strung them along for weeks, telling them that I sent them the requested funds via Western Union. It's amazing how angry they become when they find out they are being played. Jen was lucky that the person she sent her $5k to, which I'm sure she will NEVER GET BACK, was in the US, because prosicuters have someone to follow.

Jen, the $5k you just spent is the most expensive lesson you can purchase... GVSU, Calvin or Hope can't teach you that kind of lesson from a full semester's tuition.

You lived, you learned...
calling the kettle black

Saline, MI

#31 Aug 30, 2008
gottobeme wrote:
dumm, dumm, dumm!
too bad you don't know how to spell dumb. your point would have been taken a little more seriously with the correct spelling.

Layton, UT

#32 Sep 4, 2008
Jen, First off I would like to say That GOD doesn't like ugly and on his time they will be held accountable for their actions. He will give you grace an blessing in this matter.
Now I want to say there are lots of people being scammed on the Internet today. I also was. What is sad is this is so big "internet crime" that the cops can't do anything for us either.
We really need to stop and read about all the warnings of being scammed and never send cash like money grams or western union money orders. I found out the hard way too. God Bless

Mount Pleasant, MI

#33 Sep 6, 2008
I totally understand how this could happen to someone who is trusting and inexperienced with scam artists. I hope she gets her money back and that people quit writing such mean and unhelful comments.

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