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James Markane

The following email correspondence between one of our readers and a scammer using the name James Markane is typical of how scammers go about scamming.

From: James Markane <>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 16:06:30 -0700 (PDT)
To: XXXXX <>
Subject: just about to make the payment

I was just about to make the payment when I had this little problem with the picking up, I got an email from my agent.. I thought i included that in my previous email. 

He said he won't come and pick up the item unless I pay him the agent commission fee first in order to be able to schedule a pick up time, and my pick up agent head quarters is in the United Kingdom and all commission payments made for pick up, from anywhere in the world is sent to their head quarters in the UK and the only form of payments they accept is Western Union money transfer and I tried to pay online but i will need a credit card which i didn't bring aboard the ship, and there is no post office (there is usually a Western Union section in most post offices) or any Western Union agent on sea!

So I have to ask you to help me with the pick up fees, I will include the $550 they charge to pick it up and take it my home (1st class treatment), to the payments I will send through Paypal, after I have made the payment, I will need you to help me send the $550 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, the western union money transfer can be made at a post office near to you, there is always a Western Union agent in most post offices or online at Western Union .com.

I will be making the payment shortly and will email you as soon as it has been done.

--- On Tue, 9/22/09, XXXXXX <> wrote:

From: XXXXXX <>
Subject: Re: Advert Enquiry - 2004 SUZUKI JR50
To: "james markane" <>
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 10:41 PM

Hi James
Sounds good however I will need to make sure that the paypal payment will totally clear before collection as I have heard that sometimes these things go wrong.

Please send the payment to and let me know when the funds have gone through.

On 23/09/09 3:56 AM, "james markane" < </mc/compose?> > wrote:

The following message relates to advert '2004 SUZUKI JR50'

------ ENQUIRY MESSAGE ------

From: james markane
Email: </mc/compose?>
Phone: 0403 396733
Message: i got your advert and i will like to buy the bike for $1000, payment will be via paypal and pick up will be arranged. If my offer is accepted send me your paypal email so i can pay you in.
Get back asap.


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