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It is just not a good idea to send a stranger who you have never met, especially in another country, money period.
Regardless what he/she needs it for, a visa and passport to come and see you, an operation for a loved one, a new computer, internet fees or he/she's in Moscow on their way to see you and there's a hidden fee that they need help paying or else they'll be stranded at the Moscow airport for the rest of their life.
Regardless if you are new to the internet dating world or a veteran, you should always read up on scams and the new techniques to part you and your money.
The majority of these scams are out of Russia and Ukraine, with some out of the former Soviet Union (FSU) countries.
A cashier's check is offered for your sale item, as a deposit and the value of the cashier's check often far exceeds your item - scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
The banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some cases!
This scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc)C.
Someone requests wire service payment via Western Union or Money Gram: Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE, once you've wired money, it is GONE.
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Common countries participating in online scams currently include: Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, Spain, UK, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere in the world. A person offers to send you a money order and then have you wire money - this is ALWAYS a scam, the cashier's check is FAKE sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check. A seller suggests use of an online escrow service, most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers. A seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he will ship goods they say they trust you with the partial payment and may say that they have already shipped the goods. A foreign company offers you a job receiving payments from customers.
The foreign company may claim it is unable to receive payments from its customers directly you are offered a percentage of payments received this kind of "position" may be posted as a job, or offered to you via email BEWARE it is a scam!