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I have taught English in Europe and in the Middle East. I want to travel to Montenegro in September or October. I really want to meet people from that country. I WISH I could visit Habana, Cuba. It is forbidden for Americans right now. I hope someday I can travel there and meet the people and visit a cigar factory.

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June 25, 2008

The mother of my student from Africa asked me to look at a letter she received last week.  It was from Canada and it said "You have won $250,000 USD.  Enclosed is a check for $4000 to pay to Ms X (another name) who is the tax agent."

Inside was a check that was from a bank in Florida.  It had a gold hologram security stamp.

"Oh, Ms. N," my student's mom said, "If this is real, it is a miracle!"  This family came to the USA as refugees and they are really struggling to get by.  Sometimes I bring them rice and other things.  I do this because I know what it is like to be a stranger in another country...it's very difficult!

 Well, as convincing as the letter and the check seemed I told her I wanted my friend, who is a professional FRAUD EXAMINER, to look at it.  He said that it was fake.  He said, "If she deposited the check, the check would be no good and then it would be sent back to the "company" BUT the bank would have printed her account number on the back of the check.  Then the criminals would have her bank account number."  Or he said that it could be a money laundering scheme and if she signed the check and the criminals were caught, she would be in legal trouble, too!  Then she might get deported!!!!

It is a very dangerous scam.  Why?  Because new immigrants who have money troubles might be tempted and believe that in America, one can get easy money.  Many new immigrants believe this about America because of movies.

I cautioned her to be very very careful in the future.

I hope she will be.

05:22 AM Mar 04 2013

WobblyJoe

WobblyJoe
United States

excellent advice and very true. there is a saying here that "if something looks too good to be true, it probably is". Scams like you describe are common and so people must use caution.

04:20 AM Mar 04 2013

ola33

ola33
Japan

First, I've learned a lesson, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Even if it comes from so trustworthy countries as Canada and United States.

There're different programs that provide help for the refugees before they find a job. They are far from being starving.

I remember one fraud on the nice website of selling stuff. There was a very good car, mildly used and a good model. And it wasn't expensive! Too good to be true!

After a couple of exchanging e-mails and being asked to transfer money first as a fee for something, I got it that it was 100% fraud.

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Location

United States

Work

Life Skills Center

Education

non-traditional high school

English Study

Native Speaker

Interests

Reading Sherlock Holmes stories Writing Playing the clarinet and cello Travelling Studying German collecting stamps

International travel and shopping and CUBAN cigars

Students who are lazy and don't do their homework or study!

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bibim neng myon (Korean)

Coffee from Starbucks

Well, I like classical...Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. I also like Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel and The Doors

ANY Nollywood film. ANY film with Anthony Hopkins! I liked THE ILLUSIONIST I also like Himmel Uber Berlin (Wings of Desire) and Immortal Beloved (the film about Beethoven)

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