Hi I have received four $500 American Express gift cheques. I was looking online for some part time work in order to stay home with my son more and received an email requesting me to be a representative. I was asked for my name, mailing address and phone number. A few days later I received an email stating I will be receiving some mail that will commence their business with me. Anyways, I have been out of town for a few weeks and when I got home last night I went through my mail and got a letter from Msla in Montana.
When I opened it up there was another thin brown envelope which only had my name and address on it. So I opened that one to find a "cashing and payment information" sheet telling me to immediately sign in black ink each one of the enclosed gift cheques. Afterwards to take them to MY bank to be cashed, that gift checks are not deposited checks, they are to be cashed immediately. Once I cashed them to deduct 10% from the funds.
It goes on to inform me that most of their agents supply them from South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco and also Nigeria. Once I had deducted my 10% to proceed to the nearest western union office to make the payment payable to the agent in Africa. Plus, I was to take out the western union wire charges after I send the balance via Western Union to:
Name: Mark Smith
Destination: 1 Kingsley drive, Isolo
Lagos 23401 Nigeria
Test question: Who do you trust
Answer: In GOD
Also stating that, from time of receipt from the transfer I would be expecting another payment in at least 5 days. Ending with : Thanks and God bless, Barry Willy of Barry Travels
I found four $500 American Express Gift Checks with this letter. I have had an American Express Gift check before and the ones I have look totally legit. So I signed them, then thought "this is too good to be true". I called my fiance and was told "no way!" So I got online and did some searching, called American Express and found out that the checks I have in my possession are counterfeit.
I almost fell for it!!!!
I would have been held liable for $2000 and the money would have been transferred out of the country with no way of getting it back and no way of prosecuting before the check were found to be counterfeit.
American Express informed me to send them to:
Salt Lake City, UT
I hope these people are out of some money themselves. And to close their letter with: THANKS AND GOD BLESS!!
Please use my letter to stop someone else from making a mistake! And help find these people responsible.
Thanks and good luck!! Your collection of stories are very informative.