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overpayment certified bank check scams for pinball machines

Just today I received an overpayment for a pinball machine! It was a “certified bank check” from “Wells Fargo Bank”.

This is NOTHING NEW for someone who has been buying and sometimes selling pinball machines for as long as I have been! I’ve seen this trick in the pinball industry, for well over, 14 years! The asking price for the pinball machine was $650. Below is an actual screen shot from the Craig’s List ad that is currently running in Iowa (Washington area).

Picture of my Aztec pinball for sale

Actual screen shot / picture of my Aztec pinball for sale on Craig’s list in Iowa.

I had LOTS of clues why this was a scam!

Everything from; He only wanted to communicate via Text message. To never mentioning the game by it’s real name. This person was is using Google Voice and was too dumb to know how to set it up correctly (after all, you don’t have to be too intelligent to be a criminal). The phone numbers they were using are/were… 312-445-0680, 609-316-2055 & 571-305-2710. I basically texted him saying “This sounds like a scam”. Yet s/he insisted that they were “real” and this wasn’t a “scam”. Well, I can’t turn down a “real” sale, and at the very least I’d get a scammer’s check for my wall (it will be framed). I’ll admit, the person behind this made it look good! It showed up in a trackable FedEx envelope. It’s tracking number was 796063583938. So there was an add.ess that it “came from”. Please note the phone number on the FedEx envelope, it’s (244) 444-4445. Yet, another tip off. I called that number too, and it wasn’t a real number.

FedEx package

Fake bank check came in a FedEx express envelope

The Fake certified bank check it self.

Picture of a The fake/SCAM certified bank check from Wells Fargo Bank.

The fake/SCAM certified bank check from Wells Fargo Bank.

Check is made out for $2,850.00 or $2,200 over the asking price of arcade game

You’ll notice that the fraudulent check is made out to $2,850.00. That is $2,200 over the asking price of the arcade game! I’m assuming that, he would have wanted me to reimburse him the difference. That is, if I didn’t send him this website address, where I was documenting this entire process. Lets just say I haven’t heard back from him yet.

I called the cops:

Seeing that the address was:

Hoff Dave Trillium Industries 24 Point Mountain Rd. Lebanon Twp, NJ 07882

I decided to call the Lebanon Township (Non-Emergency) Police office number and talked to a helpful COP! I gave him the tracking number, the address, my name and much more. He said he would look into in, and get back to me if anything comes up.

Officer “Steve Speed” Calls back.

The officer calls me back and informs me that the address that was listed on the FedEx envelope is actually a vacant home and is currently listed for sale (See the listing)! I’m sure this is where it will end. So that is why I’m posting this for all of you pinball people. Don’t get scammed!

Here is a picture of Aaron Van Noy with the Aztec pinball machine

Aaron Van Noy and Aztec pinball

Picture of Aaron Van Noy with my Aztec pinball machine for sale and the Fake, overpayment check that I got for it.

Please leave your comments! I’m glad that I’ve already saved one person from a scam! Post your comments below.

Also, Just as a trivia thing… “Officer Steve Speed” is a quote from the game High Speed pinball referring to the game designer Steve Richie.

UPDATE: September 27th 2013. I was just contacted by 636-686-0187 who also has a google voice number. This person was trying to scam me as well. I see through it instantly!

UPDATE: July 13th 2014. I was just contacted by 928-923-3507. This person was trying to scam me as well. This is what this Scammer texted me… “Here is the CEO of shipping company info for the Money gram transfer. Name-Cassandra McNeill, Add-801 College Ave, City- Arlington, State- TX Zip code 76011. (Money gram is available at Walmart stores). u’ll deduct the transfer charge and then $40 for your gas & running around. then text me back with the ref # for the money sent so the shipper can pickup the funds and co-ordinate shipping with their branch office in CA tomorrow morning. thanks 10:52 AM going to back and also save your time you can just go to any Walmart store close to you with your bank card and get the transaction done.”

 

Notice that s/he is trying to get people to RUSH! Do NOT fall for this trick!!! If you have any questions call me directly on my mobile, visit the contact page on this website.