Another craigslist Moneygram scam

Eagle-eyed reader Shayda has sent in another craigslist scam involving Moneygram, a real consulting firm, and the old fake check scam. Here’s the e-mail…

From: PRM CONSULTING LLC marketingllc@earthlink.net

Subject: RE: CRAIGSLIST PAID $100 STUDY

To:

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009, 12:12 PM

Dear Applicant,

Positions for the study you applied for from Craigslist is full, but we have another survey at the moment that pays the same ($100 Per survey). Only limited candidates are needed for this survey so kindly go through the survey information below and get back to us if you are interested in participating.

We are PRM CONSULTING LLC a dynamic organization , a development and management Consulting firm involved in helping companies achieve market leadership and Improving connections between professional service firms and their clients.

Our company is currently conducting a survey on MoneyGram International to help measure and improve effectiveness of the services they provide to the general public. This is as a result of complaints from some of MoneyGram reliable customers about the behavior and orderliness of most MoneyGram outlets.

The survey involves you visiting a MoneyGram Outlet in your area and patronize the services they render as a customer, then give us feedback on your overall customer experience with them by filling a simple online questionnaire. A check to cover all expenses needed to conduct this survey will be mailed to you via Fed EX.

Each survey takes a maximum of 1Hr to complete and you will be paid $100 for every survey completed. No Sales Involved

and this will not inconvenience your present occupation.

If you are interested in participating, please send us a reply with the following information in the below sequence.

Full Names:

Mailing Address(P.O. Box not allowed):

City / State / Zip Code:

Home Phone / Cell Phone:

Email Address:

Age / Sex:

Present Occupation:

We shall get back to you after receiving this information to confirm your participation in the survey.

Yours faithfully,

ETHAN MOORE

Marketing and Research Coordinator

PRM CONSULTING LLC

Menomonie, WI 54751

Last time there appeared to be some confusion so let me make this perfectly clear. IF YOU’VE RESPONDED TO THIS E-MAIL AND THEY SENT YOU A CHECK DO NOT CASH IT. THIS IS A SCAM. If you deposit the fake check you’ll be responsible for paying the bank back.

Now let me tell you why I know this is a scam once again.

A. It almost identically matches this scam e-mail word for word.

B. Anything involving Moneygram on craigslist is usually a scam.

C. PRM CONSULTING LLC is a real company but they DO NOThave an office in Menomonie, WI.

D. I doubt someone from a large consulting firm like would use an earthlink e-mail address.

Again, do not cash the checks or take them to Moneygram. They are fakes. If you receive one report it to law enforcement.

craigslist survey scam

I received the following e-mail from reader Shayda asking if this was a scam…

Re:Holiday Shopping Study

Monday, January 12, 2009 7:42 AM

From:

“David Bircham”

To:undisclosed-recipients

Positions for the ‘Holiday Shopping Study’ from Craigslist is full, but we have another survey at

the moment that pays the same ($300 Per survey). Only limited candidates are needed for this survey so kindly go through the survey information below and get back to us if you are interested in participating.

We are a dynamic organization , a development and management Consulting firm involved in helping companies achieve market leadership and Improving connections between professional service firms and their clients.

Our company is currently conducting a survey on MoneyGram International to help measure and improve effectiveness of the services they provide to the general public. This is as a result of complaints from some of MoneyGram reliable customers about the behavior and orderliness of most MoneyGram outlets.

The survey involves you visiting a MoneyGram Outlet in your area and patronize the services they render as a customer, then give us feedback on your overall customer experience with them by filling a simple online questionnaire. A check to cover all expenses needed to conduct this survey will mailed to you via UPS.

Each survey takes a maximum of 1Hr to complete and you will be paid $300 for every survey completed. No Sales Involved and this will not inconvenience your present occupation.

If you are interested in participating, please send us a reply with the following information in the

below sequence.

Full Names:

Mailing Address(P.O. Box not allowed):

City / State / Zip Code:

Home Phone / Cell Phone:

Email Address:

Age / Sex:

Present Occupation:

We shall get back to you after receiving this information to confirm yourparticipation in the survey.

Yours faithfully,

David Bircham

Research Analyst

Magma Consulting LLC.

5 John Walsh Blvd

Suite 40

Peekskill NY 10566

The fact that their using a money transfer service in their ‘survey’ is an automatic red flag. Second, the e-mail sender is using a me.com e-mail address and not a corporate e-mail. Lastly Magma Consulting is a real company but they do not have an office in Peekskill.

Used car scam alive in Houston

Investigators warn of Craigslist car scam:

Speaking of the craigslist used car scam Houston Police are warning people not to fall for it after 4 people in the Houston area already have.

They say the suspects contact the victim via e-mail, posing as a representative of the company eBay.inc and provide instructions to the victims as to how to make payment arrangements for the vehicle purchased.

Of course those instructions are to wire the money using MoneyGram and then the scammers make off with the cash.

As far as I know MoneyGram is a legit service but much like craigslist it seems to be a useful tool for scam artists.

Remember kids, never wire the money.