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Old July 6, 2011, 07:36 AM   #1
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Scammer Replied to My TUG Ad

I received this reply to one of my TUG classified ads for a TS for sale:

"Hello, i am Dr Tims millner O Neary PHD. i saw the timeshare you posted for sale here and i am glad to inform you that i am really interested in acquiring the timeshare. i am a prospective buyer and i do wish to buy the timeshare as soon as possible before my wife's birthday which is fast approaching because i intend to make the timeshare a Surprise package for her birthday and also to commemorate our silver jubilee wedding anniversary. kindly get back to me with the condition for sale and the price you are willing to sell the timeshare with your preferable Mode of payment. hope to read from you soon. Thanks God Bless you Dr Tim."

All of the terms were clearly spelled out in the ad and this sounds like a scam reply that you receive on Craig's List ads. Anyone else received one like this? I'm not sure it's even worth replying to. His email address is a gmail address (i.e. web based, which it typical of scammers).
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Old July 6, 2011, 07:38 AM   #2
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http://tugbbs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=150661

Here is another thread about Dr. Tim, PhD
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Old July 6, 2011, 07:39 AM   #3
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Come on, he's a PhD. You gotta trust him. He never learned proper grammar, but so what? Don't bother to reply.
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Old July 6, 2011, 07:47 AM   #4
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And let me guess, I bet he doesn't smoke and he 'has no pets'.
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Old July 6, 2011, 07:54 AM   #5
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His email address is a gmail address (i.e. web based, which it typical of scammers).

I strongly disagree with that generalization, If someone is in business them their email should have a sense of permanence associated with a dedicated web site, but just because someone uses gmail with it's additional features as opposed to their ISP's email service doesn't make them a scammer

http://www.tech24hours.com/2009/09/n...ide-as-of.html

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The total number of Gmail, Google's e-mail service, users worldwide, as of now are 150 million or 15 crore.

The free version of Gmail is the world's third most-popular e-mail program, behind similar services provided by Microsoft and Yahoo.

According to ComScore's February statistics, the top three players had the following number of users:

Microsoft webmail properties: 256.2 million users
Yahoo: 254.6 million users
Google: 91.6 million users
AOL webmail properties: 48.9 million users
That would be 651.3 MILLION SCAMMERS as of 2009 if using an internet based email is the criteria for judging someone a scammer

There are 17 other reasons this is a scam, but the usage of gmail is certainly not one of them.

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Old July 6, 2011, 09:48 PM   #6
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I strongly disagree with that generalization, If someone is in business them their email should have a sense of permanence associated with a dedicated web site, but just because someone uses gmail with it's additional features as opposed to their ISP's email service doesn't make them a scammer

http://www.tech24hours.com/2009/09/n...ide-as-of.html



That would be 651.3 MILLION SCAMMERS as of 2009 if using an internet based email is the criteria for judging someone a scammer

There are 17 other reasons this is a scam, but the usage of gmail is certainly not one of them.
I didn't mean to imply that everyone who uses a web based email account is a scammer but virtually all scamers I've come across have had web based email addresses such as yahoo or gmail.
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Old July 6, 2011, 10:38 PM   #7
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I didn't mean to imply that everyone who uses a web based email account is a scammer but virtually all scamers I've come across have had web based email addresses such as yahoo or gmail.
Amen. I've never seen a scammer using a legitimate, ISP-based email address. I say 'legitimate' because spoofing a real email address isn't really using it. Anonymous, web-based email should be step 1 (of several) to prove something isn't legit. It is not the only basis.
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Old July 8, 2011, 04:03 AM   #8
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I just got this the other day - no Steven in my household! (I was advertising a wish for a timeshare rental - wanting a gold crown resort in Scotland) And it's signed Carla, but the e-mail address is from "Nicole"

Nocole Allen
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407-910-1251 Hey Steven i was just browsing the ads when i came across yours and noticed that you were interested in a unit at Gold Crown in Scotland. Give me a call at 407-910-1251 as i may be able to assist you. Thanks Carla 2011/07/06
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Old July 10, 2011, 03:31 PM   #9
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Just got this today!!!!!!



Hello, i am Dr Tims Millner O Neary PHD. i saw the timeshare you posted for sale here and i am glad to inform you that i am really interested in acquiring the timeshare. i am a prospective buyer and i do wish to buy the timeshare as soon as possible before my wife's birthday which is fast approaching because i intend to make the timeshare a Surprise package for her birthday and also to commemorate our silver jubilee wedding anniversary. kindly get back to me with the condition for sale and the price you are willing to sell the timeshare with your preferable Mode of payment. hope to read from you soon.

Thanks God Bless you

Dr Tim.


Maybe he just wants to buy all of our timeshares
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Old July 10, 2011, 04:44 PM   #10
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Talking Received today

I also received a message from the good Doctor:

Hello, i am Dr Tims Millner O Neary PHD. i saw the timeshare you posted for sale here and i am glad to inform you that i am really interested in acquiring the timeshare. i am a prospective buyer and i do wish to buy the timeshare as soon as possible before my wife's birthday which is fast approaching because i intend to make the timeshare a Surprise package for her birthday and also to commemorate our silver jubilee wedding anniversary. kindly get back to me with the condition for sale and the price you are willing to sell the timeshare with your preferable Mode of payment. hope to read from you soon. Thanks God Bless you Dr Tim
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Old July 10, 2011, 05:12 PM   #11
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I got two. I guess he wants to surprise his wife with a LOT of timeshares
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Old July 10, 2011, 05:34 PM   #12
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I got two. I guess he wants to surprise his wife with a LOT of timeshares

Maybe he read the thread about FULL TIME time sharing
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Old July 10, 2011, 06:04 PM   #13
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Purchase scam

I too received the same message from Dr. Tim. It would be nice if he really wanted to purchase all the timeshare units for the price stated.
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Old July 10, 2011, 07:09 PM   #14
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I too received the same message from Dr. Tim. It would be nice if he really wanted to purchase all the timeshare units for the price stated.
Actually he will probably send more than they are listed for, just refund the difference in Western Union Funds
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Old July 10, 2011, 08:38 PM   #15
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I'm feeling really left out.
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Old July 10, 2011, 11:05 PM   #16
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I replied to his first inquiry and told him I only took Paypal. Got another reply back from him today that I deleted saying he would send his representative to sign the papers. The guy or gal must think we're all idiots.
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Old July 11, 2011, 04:08 AM   #17
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Did anyone get the one I got - Nicole Allen/Carla?
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Old July 18, 2011, 09:37 PM   #18
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Cool

This idiot just sent me the same message with a new name.

"Hello, am Engr. Holly Duke, i saw the timeshare you posted for sale here and i am glad to inform you that i am really interested in acquiring the timeshare.I am a prospective buyer and i do wish to buy the timeshare as soon as possible before my wife's birthday which is fast approaching because i intend to make the timeshare a Surprise package for her birthday also to commemorate our silver jubilee wedding anniversary.Kindly get back to me with the condition for sale and the price you are willing to sell the timeshare with your preferable Mode of payment. Hope to read from you soon. God Bless you. Engr Holly"

So instead of Dr, Tim he/she is now Engr. Holly???

What an ass
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Old July 18, 2011, 09:43 PM   #19
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Lol... me too

But this time his name is Hollu Duke.....

I thought I was the first victim...

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Old July 18, 2011, 10:43 PM   #20
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No, it's Holly Duke! Both Holly and Tim want to surprise their wives!
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Old July 19, 2011, 08:07 AM   #21
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No, it's Holly Duke! Both Holly and Tim want to surprise their wives!
They will be the Duke and Dutchess of the timeshare world after buying up all of the timeshares listed on TUG!!!!!!!
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Old July 19, 2011, 11:36 AM   #22
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Our friendly scammer is quite busy, isn't he or she?

I was in receipt of the following message from the Timeshare Users Group website sent on the 18th (yesterday) in response to my classified ad:

"-- Hello, am Engr. Holly Duke, i saw the timeshare you posted for sale here and i am glad to inform you that i am really interested in acquiring the timeshare. I am a prospective buyer and i do wish to buy the timeshare as soon as possible before my wife's birthday which is fast approaching because i intend to make the timeshare a Surprise package for her birthday also to commemorate our silver jubilee wedding anniversary. Kindly get back to me with the condition for sale and the price you are willing to sell the timeshare with your preferable Mode of payment. Hope to read from you soon. God Bless you. Engr Holly."




I responded:

Villa 412 is currently listed at $46,000.00 US per week (2 weeks 9 and 10 first two weeks of March). The resort is selling similar 2-bedroom villas with Infinity pools at $64,900 US per week.

The resort has the right of first refusal once an offer is made.

I would prefer to deal through a timeshare broker and the terms are cash upon the completion of any sale. The resort also charges an administration fee $800.00 US per week to process the sale, which is the responsibility of the purchaser.

-Phil




I got this response to my response about five hours after I replied this morning (19th):

"Hello, i wish to inform you of my gladness at your rapt attention and swift reply to my willingness to acquire the timeshare you posted for sale. I am so ready to buy the property asap. Like i have earlier inscribed, i am willing to buy the Timeshare before my wife's birthday and also Our wedding anniversary which is fast approaching..Mind you my preferable mode of payment will be in (CERTIFIED CHECK) ok? and i will arrange for a pick up as soon as the paper work we take place immediately i will get my associate to fly over to you and sign all possible document in acquiring the timeshare if all deal goes as i envisage. kindly get back to me as soon as possible with this information Required from you to get the check issue out to you and
the Price you are selling the time-Share.

Name to be on Check:
Address:
state:
Zip-code
City:
Amount selling the Time-share.

Thanks God bless you...

Engr Holly Duke."



The scammer should learn how to write a tad better. "Rapt attention"? I hope that no one gets taken. The grammer is pretty poor.

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Old October 26, 2011, 06:01 PM   #23
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I just got another one from Nicole Allen in response to my wish list ad! Very strange!
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