Why would anyone fall for this scam?
Why would someone send money to an offshore account, with a name like Costel Nutu, in the UK for a US company like Google?
One of the intended victims posted here:
The scam involves the fraud site:
The template is a common Romanian scam site.
The scammers are posting fake ads for vehicles on the internet and are directing intended victims to the fake shipping site vehiclemovers.zzl.org
FSA Autos LTD. OFFICE:
1-11 Stuart, Darwin, NT 0800, Australia
821 N 27th St, Billings, Mt 59101
2417 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Miami, FL 33134
726 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
The scammers are then asking intended victims to pay for the fake vehicle ads by wiring money to a bank in the UK using the service they refer to as Offshore Google Checkout.
The Offshore Google Checkout contact email is:
The site is hosted by GoDaddy
Send complaints to:
OrgAbuseName: Abuse Department
The bank account in the UK is with Barclay's Bank (big surprise huh?)
Name on the Account: Costel Nutu (Google Checkout Representative)
Bank Name: Barclays
Bank Bank Address: 126 Station Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7RY, UK
Account Number: 93641686
IBAN: GB27 BARC 2029 3793 6416 86
Sort Code: 20-29-37
Here are some images of the fake site:
Oh! what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive! Sir Walter Scott NEVER use instant payment services like Western Union or MoneyGram to buy items on the internet