As was foretold, we've added advertisements to the forums! If you have questions, or if you encounter any bugs, please visit this thread: https://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/240191/forum-advertisement-faq-and-reports-thread/

Don't talk to strangers

LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
edited March 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
I go to this take out place to get some dinner and a guy approaches me and introduces himself. He asks me if I can go to a wachovia with him and cash a check because he just got into town from Philly and doesn't have a bank card. We exchanged numbers and he pulls out this huge wad and offers to pay me for my trouble. Thoughts?

Lalilulelo on
«1

Posts

  • Magus`Magus` The fun has been DOUBLED! Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Run.

    Magus` on
  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The fact that you're asking gives you your answer. Don't do it.

    Esh on
  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited March 2011
    Yeah, don't do that.

    ceres on
    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
  • Seattle ThreadSeattle Thread Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    He can open an account himself, or cash it at one of those payday loan places (quite possibly at a grocery store, too). He might not be trying to scam you, or may not even be up to no good, but it's not worth the risk.

    Seattle Thread on
    kofz2amsvqm3.png
  • Satanic JesusSatanic Jesus Hi, I'm Liam! with broken glassesRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Why would he need to cash a check if he has a huge wad of cash?

    Satanic Jesus on
    my backloggery 3DS: 0533-5338-5186 steam: porcelain_cow goodreads
  • LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Yeah it seemed odd that he can't do it himself. I even told him they're open tomorrow from 9 to 12. And he said 'any time is good for him.'

    1209036407322.gif

    Lalilulelo on
  • Kate of LokysKate of Lokys Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The cheque is fake, and if it goes through under your account, you're responsible for repaying the money when the cheque bounces. It's well worth the guy's time and money to seed you with some cash up front in exchange for your compliance in his scam, but you'll be left holding the bag in five days while he runs off with the money from the fake cheque.

    Kate of Lokys on
  • LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Shit, I hadn't even thought of the check being a bum check. I was so busy worried about getting stuck up or him making me withdraw all my cash.

    Lalilulelo on
  • Magus`Magus` The fun has been DOUBLED! Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    BTW, I have a bridge you might be interested in.

    Magus` on
  • LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Magus` wrote: »
    BTW, I have a bridge you might be interested in.

    I'm sure this is a joke, but I don't get the reference. At least I don't think I do.

    Lalilulelo on
  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    ...cops?

    Improvolone on
    Voice actor for hire. My time is free if your project is!
  • LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Ok so, not going. Should I stand him up or message him saying I'm not gonna meet him?

    Lalilulelo on
  • Magus`Magus` The fun has been DOUBLED! Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Lalilulelo wrote: »
    Magus` wrote: »
    BTW, I have a bridge you might be interested in.

    I'm sure this is a joke, but I don't get the reference. At least I don't think I do.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Bridge#Cultural_significance One of many

    Magus` on
  • Kate of LokysKate of Lokys Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Lalilulelo wrote: »
    Ok so, not going. Should I stand him up or message him saying I'm not gonna meet him?

    The phone number he gave you is for a prepaid, disposable cell phone, and any further contact you have with him at this point is just going to make him more determined to scam you. If you ignore him, he'll probably move on to a new victim. If you call him back with some excuse, he's just going to pressure you to reschedule.

    Block his number, ignore him, move on, and in the future, don't give your phone number to people who approach you in public asking for your help to cash a cheque.

    Kate of Lokys on
  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    ...cops?

    Improvolone on
    Voice actor for hire. My time is free if your project is!
  • DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Lalilulelo wrote: »
    Ok so, not going. Should I stand him up or message him saying I'm not gonna meet him?

    You should take Improvolone's advice.

    DragonPup on
    "I was there, I was there, the day Horus slew the Emperor." -Cpt Garviel Loken

    Currently painting: Slowly [flickr]
  • OnTheLastCastleOnTheLastCastle let's keep it haimish for the peripatetic Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Seems like no one has mentioned this but DO NOT GIVE YOUR NUMBER OUT TO STRANGERS ASKING YOU TO DO STRANGE THINGS.

    OnTheLastCastle on
  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    DragonPup wrote: »
    Lalilulelo wrote: »
    Ok so, not going. Should I stand him up or message him saying I'm not gonna meet him?

    You should take Improvolone's advice.

    Or you should save yourself A LOT of headache and just ignore the whole thing. Unless you really feel like trying to be a hero.

    Esh on
  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Hero nothing, duty to society

    Improvolone on
    Voice actor for hire. My time is free if your project is!
  • FFFF Once Upon a Time In OaklandRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I'd like to combine a couple of the posts I saw above....


    Run.....to the cops.

    FF on
    Huh...
  • EndomaticEndomatic Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Tell the police because if it wasn't you, it's someone else, and how would you feel if that was you?

    Endomatic on
  • Kate of LokysKate of Lokys Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The problem with telling the police, though, is that there's nothing they can do. No crime has been committed here, no threat has been made, nothing nefarious has actually occurred. The OP also has no useful information to provide the police beyond a rough description of the guy and the number of a cell phone that has probably already been thrown in the trash.

    Under most circumstances, I fully endorse the idea of providing the police with information that could lead to an arrest. But in this case, all you would be doing is wasting their time and yours.

    Kate of Lokys on
  • LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Seems like no one has mentioned this but DO NOT GIVE YOUR NUMBER OUT TO STRANGERS ASKING YOU TO DO STRANGE THINGS.
    No kidding. I'm pretty well adjusted and aware but the guy was a smooth operator. Happened so fast I could barely keep up. Ah well...
    Edit:
    Yeah, there's nothing they can put on him so it'd be a waste of time. Taking my ass straight to work.

    Lalilulelo on
  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The problem with telling the police, though, is that there's nothing they can do. No crime has been committed here, no threat has been made, nothing nefarious has actually occurred. The OP also has no useful information to provide the police beyond a rough description of the guy and the number of a cell phone that has probably already been thrown in the trash.

    Under most circumstances, I fully endorse the idea of providing the police with information that could lead to an arrest. But in this case, all you would be doing is wasting their time and yours.

    It's not wasting their time. This is something that could turn into a huge pain in their ass in their district and they'll appreciate knowing about this. This is what nonemergency lines are for.

    VisionOfClarity on
  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The problem with telling the police, though, is that there's nothing they can do. No crime has been committed here, no threat has been made, nothing nefarious has actually occurred. The OP also has no useful information to provide the police beyond a rough description of the guy and the number of a cell phone that has probably already been thrown in the trash.

    Under most circumstances, I fully endorse the idea of providing the police with information that could lead to an arrest. But in this case, all you would be doing is wasting their time and yours.

    It's not wasting their time. This is something that could turn into a huge pain in their ass in their district and they'll appreciate knowing about this. This is what nonemergency lines are for.
    Seriously, "I was just approached by a guy (give description) at (give location) who was trying to pull a check cashing scam" is the kind of tip they love.

    matt has a problem on
    nibXTE7.png
  • Hahnsoo1Hahnsoo1 Make Ready. We Hunt.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Especially if the person has struck before in the same city or in a nearby city. If he's pulling the check scam on you, he's likely to have already hit quite a few other victims, and there's probably an ongoing investigation on him. A woman was just arrested for a similar crime near where I live based on a tip like that.

    Hahnsoo1 on
    8i1dt37buh2m.png
  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    A lot of criminals have been busted on tips of someone acting suspicious. It's always worth reporting this kind of behavior rather than ignoring it.

    VisionOfClarity on
  • ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor changed Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The problem with telling the police, though, is that there's nothing they can do. No crime has been committed here, no threat has been made, nothing nefarious has actually occurred. The OP also has no useful information to provide the police beyond a rough description of the guy and the number of a cell phone that has probably already been thrown in the trash.

    Under most circumstances, I fully endorse the idea of providing the police with information that could lead to an arrest. But in this case, all you would be doing is wasting their time and yours.

    It's not wasting their time. This is something that could turn into a huge pain in their ass in their district and they'll appreciate knowing about this. This is what nonemergency lines are for.
    Seriously, "I was just approached by a guy (give description) at (give location) who was trying to pull a check cashing scam" is the kind of tip they love.

    "And he'll be at Bank X at 9:00 tomorrow morning" could sweeten the deal considerably.

    ArbitraryDescriptor on
  • LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    yeah I called non-emergency and there isn't anything they can do really since he's not around me anymore.

    The problem with telling the police, though, is that there's nothing they can do. No crime has been committed here, no threat has been made, nothing nefarious has actually occurred. The OP also has no useful information to provide the police beyond a rough description of the guy and the number of a cell phone that has probably already been thrown in the trash.

    Under most circumstances, I fully endorse the idea of providing the police with information that could lead to an arrest. But in this case, all you would be doing is wasting their time and yours.

    It's not wasting their time. This is something that could turn into a huge pain in their ass in their district and they'll appreciate knowing about this. This is what nonemergency lines are for.
    Seriously, "I was just approached by a guy (give description) at (give location) who was trying to pull a check cashing scam" is the kind of tip they love.

    "And he'll be at Bank X at 9:00 tomorrow morning" could sweeten the deal considerably.


    I did tell him which Wachovia to meet me at (not that I'm gonna show up)... But I already told the police about it and they said it wasn't anything they could do...

    Lalilulelo on
  • ArbitraryDescriptorArbitraryDescriptor changed Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Bummer.

    ArbitraryDescriptor on
  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Just because they tell you, "nothing we can do but thanks" doesn't mean there is nothing that they are doing. Police lie a lot. Though it does seem odd they couldn't meet the guy at the bank and pick him up... I mean, he would have a forged check on him at the given time.

    Improvolone on
    Voice actor for hire. My time is free if your project is!
  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Bridge reference: I immediately thought of this.
    But, seriously, I'm glad you're not going, and have told the police.

    LewieP's Mummy on
    For all the top UK Gaming Bargains, check out SavyGamer

    For paintings in progress, check out canvas and paints

    "The power of the weirdness compels me."
  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Hey, another person from Richmond. I thought there were only two of us.

    Anyway, yeah, don't go anywhere with that dude. You'll probably get sexually assaulted.

    Fandyien on
    reposig.jpg
  • MaguanoMaguano Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    since you've called the cops, try calling the branch manager of the back you were supposed to meet him at and give them the same info?

    Maguano on
    steam:maguano2
    gamertag:Maguano71
    Switch:SW-8428-8279-1687
  • LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    He messaged me, but I just replied saying 'ah gee sorry I can't make it dude.' Bullet: dodged.

    Lalilulelo on
  • Al_watAl_wat Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The cheque is fake, and if it goes through under your account, you're responsible for repaying the money when the cheque bounces. It's well worth the guy's time and money to seed you with some cash up front in exchange for your compliance in his scam, but you'll be left holding the bag in five days while he runs off with the money from the fake cheque.

    I used to work for a collection agency that collected these kinds of debts. Usually after 1-2 weeks, your bank figures out that the cheque was fake, and then unless you resolve it quickly you start getting phonecalls and your credit gets fucked.

    Al_wat on
  • sligmastasligmasta Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Lalilulelo wrote: »
    He messaged me, but I just replied saying 'ah gee sorry I can't make it dude.' Bullet: dodged.

    I know this means this is pretty much over, but this kind of thing is taken very seriously. I had a friend do EXACTLY what you said happened to you here. He was approached and convinced to cash a check for for a stranger under dubious circumstances. He went in, cashed it, then proceeded to be picked up by the cops, booked and taken to jail where he stayed for a week till he could post bail. Luckily he was able to plead down to community service and a fine. The guy who gave him the check to cash was long gone and as far as I know never found.

    Point being, this IS something the cops would like to hear about, and it IS something that will get you in a ton of trouble

    sligmasta on
  • LaliluleloLalilulelo Richmond, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Yeah, I'm sure. Glad it didn't escalate.

    Lalilulelo on
  • KarrmerKarrmer Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    sligmasta wrote: »
    Lalilulelo wrote: »
    He messaged me, but I just replied saying 'ah gee sorry I can't make it dude.' Bullet: dodged.

    I know this means this is pretty much over, but this kind of thing is taken very seriously. I had a friend do EXACTLY what you said happened to you here. He was approached and convinced to cash a check for for a stranger under dubious circumstances. He went in, cashed it, then proceeded to be picked up by the cops, booked and taken to jail where he stayed for a week till he could post bail. Luckily he was able to plead down to community service and a fine. The guy who gave him the check to cash was long gone and as far as I know never found.

    Point being, this IS something the cops would like to hear about, and it IS something that will get you in a ton of trouble

    If his version of this story is actually true, even the worst public defender could prove that there was no intent on your friends part to commit any crime and he would easily be Not Guilty, and most likely would never go to trial. Unless he knew the check was fake, he didn't do anything illegal there.

    Karrmer on
  • DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2011
    Karrmer wrote: »
    sligmasta wrote: »
    Lalilulelo wrote: »
    He messaged me, but I just replied saying 'ah gee sorry I can't make it dude.' Bullet: dodged.

    I know this means this is pretty much over, but this kind of thing is taken very seriously. I had a friend do EXACTLY what you said happened to you here. He was approached and convinced to cash a check for for a stranger under dubious circumstances. He went in, cashed it, then proceeded to be picked up by the cops, booked and taken to jail where he stayed for a week till he could post bail. Luckily he was able to plead down to community service and a fine. The guy who gave him the check to cash was long gone and as far as I know never found.

    Point being, this IS something the cops would like to hear about, and it IS something that will get you in a ton of trouble

    If his version of this story is actually true, even the worst public defender could prove that there was no intent on your friends part to commit any crime and he would easily be Not Guilty, and most likely would never go to trial. Unless he knew the check was fake, he didn't do anything illegal there.

    ...which still doesn't get him off the hook for paying back the bank.

    Doc on
Sign In or Register to comment.