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From: Kenneth Tucker (cohesion7@gmail.com):

Hello,

How are you? I’m Kenneth Tucker, The Computer Analyst of John Holts Associate Minnesota, we need to know if you are capable of repairing computers in large volumes, the organisation distributed few computers to a missionary home in Lefkosa, Cyprus, and there objectives was to hold a free computer training section for the kids at the Mission Home, we got information that the computers all malfunctioned and They are shipping the computers back to us, we need to fix them and have it returned in time,are you available for this job? we need your urgent response to this ad.

The Computer Analyst
Mr Kenneth Tucker
John Holts Associate,
Minnesota.

I guess I don’t have to wonder where this is going.

They all ask the same thing – “Are you capable of repairing computers in large volumes”.

Are scammers so brain-dead that they can’t even think of a new sentence?

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Chris
March 18th, 2010

I got the same email last night:

From: cohesion7@gmail.com

Hello,

How are you? I’m Kenneth Tucker, The Computer Analyst of John Holts Associate Minnesota, we need to know if you are capable of repairing computers in large volumes, the organisation distributed few computers to a missionary home in Lefkosa, Cyprus, and there objectives was to hold a free computer training section for the kids at the Mission Home, we got information that the computers all malfunctioned and They are shipping the computers back to us, we need to fix them and have it returned in time,are you available for this job? we need your urgent response to this ad.

The Computer Analyst
Mr Kenneth Tucker
Keystone Associate,
Pennsylvania.

And my answer to this imbecile:

Yes, I can do the repairs in no time. Please provide me your contact information to give you a call and talk some more about it.

Michael
August 10th, 2010

LOL I just got the same one, on craigslist.

Jake
October 13th, 2010

I just received the same email. See below…and his response to my initial inquiries.

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“Thanks for the update.The computers will be delivered to your location and picked up after repair.Here are details u need below,

(1.) Format Hard Drive
(2.) Install Win Xp or Vista with Service Pack 2 or 3
(3.) Microsoft Office Package
(4.) Recent Anti Virus Software with (Free Lifetime Updates)
(5.) Adobe Acrobat
(6.) Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard drive, cd & Dvd rom, floppy Disk.

Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 10 units. we will pay you with a certified check or Money Order, and i want you to know that the pcs will all be shipped to your location, and we will give you a totality of one week to finish up with the repairs.
We await your urgent response so we can make Moving arrangements and delivery of payment as soon as possible….

Thanks…
Kenneth.”

It all seemed too strange to be legitimate, so I did a Google search and found this thread…interesting.

Joe
December 1st, 2010

I just got a similar reply to a PC repair ad I posted on Portland Oregon Craigslist, initially it sounded great, but after a minute it or so I Googled it and found this thread, thank you!

I am trying to think of a way to track these bandits down, anybody have suggestions? I’ll update this post if I make any progress.

Joe
December 6th, 2010

Update: I received a phone call from a man claiming he was ready to ship me the computers and send me a check for my services and return shipping, his number was unavailable. I asked for his phone number and he hung up. Be careful out there, lots of thieves online!

Jeremiah
January 14th, 2011

I just got this same e-mail from craigs list here in Idaho, thanks for the posting and the heads up on the scam!

Debra
January 22nd, 2011

I also got an email from Kenneth Tucker that he would pay me $3,500 to repair computers and send me a money order prior. I knew it was a scam – why??? not sure.

Diesel
January 25th, 2011

I got the same email from a different person, supposedly. I was suspicious from the beginning, especially with this signature block, so I sent an email with lots of questions and he couldn’t answer. Too many scams out there.

The Computer Analyst
Mr Chris Franksfort
Keystone Associate,
Pennsylvania.

Milton
February 6th, 2011

Yea, I knew it was a scam… why would anyone located in Pennsylvania contact someone in Atlanta for repairs?

Hunter
February 24th, 2011

I run a computer repair shop in Kansas City and recently had the entertaining dialog, from John Ade – later corrected to John Smith, regarding his 1 computer that needs fixed. Below is my latest response from him:

Thanks for the mail and am very excited with the way you working on this and also i would like to inform you that i shall be giving you my credit card to charge for $3,500 and you will hold the deposit fee of $1,500 and help coordinate the remaining balance of $2,000 with the shipper that is bringing the computers from my house down to your ends for the cleaning, actually i suppose to have paid the shipper directly but am out of cash and have used all the money i have to pay my medical bill at the hospital for my lungs heart cancer operation that is taking place in 3 days time so kindly get back to me asap if this is understood, so i can email my credit card and shipper payment details to have things done asap.

Thanks
John….

First, nice spelling.
Second, we capitalize “i” in America.
Third, what is a lung heart operation?
Forth, how is he going to pay me if he has no money, I mean CC’s are fine, but how do you pay them off if your completely broke?

I’m going to tell him that in order to process this we will also need his phone # and address. Hmmm, maybe I can get his social security # too…….

-Hunter

Hunter
February 26th, 2011

And we’re still going. Supposedly his doctor won’t allow him to take phone calls on account of his lungs heart problems.

Esaq 1240
August 26th, 2011

Kelly Gaines Good day
Let me know if you are capable of
repairing computers in volumes
Thanks

Its like it says they all ask the same thing – “Are you capable of repairing computers in large volumes”.

Thomas
November 16th, 2011

Thank you sooo much whoever created this!!! I’m so happy. I’ve almost fell for this too. :)))))

Steve
November 24th, 2011

Just received this e-mail and found this thread so decided to add what was sent to me.

I am John Scott, Computer Analyst for Best Computer store, we need to
know if you are capable of repairing computers in large volumes, we
distributed few computers to a missionary home and their objectives
was to hold a free computer training section for the kids at the
Mission Home, we got information that the computers all malfunctioned
and they are shipping the computers back to us, we need to fix them
and have it returned in time,are you available for this job? we need
your urgent response.

James Marino
December 3rd, 2011

I just got the same email. My favorite part is the “419” in the email address, could be an homage to the Nigerian 419 scam?

Here is the email so that others can find it when they Google.

johnscott419@gmail.com

7:41 AM 12/3/11

Hello i will like to know if you can handle computer in a large
volume, kindly get back to me.

Thanks.

Joe Guest
December 5th, 2011

Just received an email from John Scott also, glad I found this site!

Thanks guys
Joe Guest

Tembo Tech
December 11th, 2011

I also got a similar e-mail, but the entire message was in the signature block:

“–
Hello i will like to know if you can handle computer in a large
volume, kindly get back to me.

Thanks.”

That was the entire message. It seems odd to me that these people can’t figure out what a basic message along these lines would be like were it a valid e-mail. I guess they’re counting on getting a few responses back after hundreds or thousands of attempts, though. Anyway, thanks for the post.

mike
December 12th, 2011

I own a repair shop in Rexburg ID And I have recieved several of these emails.
I am not sure what they expect to get a return except a link to my email which they already had since they sent me the original one.
I suppose that eventually a credit card scam would follow.
You would be given a stolen credit to be used for your services.
Stay away from this thing.

St Petersburg Computer Repair Services
December 16th, 2011

First email:
Hello i will like to know if you can handle computer in a large
volume, kindly get back to me.

Thanks.

Second email after I responded:

Thanks for you reply the laptops are five in number and these are what
we needed you for if you can help they are HP laptops.

1: formatting of laptop
2: changing of keyboard
3: replacement of hard disc
4: Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case
5: Diagnostics of the entire system, check hard disk, CD-Rom etc

All you need to do now is to give me an estimate of the five unit
laptops including your workmanship so we can schedule time for movers
to deliver the laptops to your end and i will be more than happy to
read from you. How many days could this take you to fixed it?

Kindest regard

Do you accept payment via credit card?

– What I think is kind of funny is making the scammers send money through Western Union. They usually stop emailing me after I “require prepayment through Western Union for large volumes of computers”.

Have fun and check out 419eaters. Good times!

Merit Computer Services
December 17th, 2011

After a few e-mail exchanges (see below), the so-called John Scott called today while I was out. My wife spoke to him, and he said that I was avoiding giving him a quote for services. When she asked for his telephone number so I could call him, he insisted that he had already provided all of his contact information. The telephone number was blocked from caller ID.

I do not know how he intends to scam any money from this deal. I would require a down-payment and verify that the check or credit card charge cleared with no problems. If there were problems, he would not get the computers back. perhaps it is real loser who just likes wasting the time of working people trying to make enough money to keep a roof over our heads.

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From: Merit Computer Services [mailto:support@meritcs.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:09 AM
To: ‘john scott’
Subject: RE: computer repair

I need more information before I can provide an estimate.

In response to your 5 points:
1. Formatting of laptop? Do you mean to format the HDD? Just format, no installation? What is the purpose of formatting it?

2. Need computer make/model to give estimate on keyboard replacement.

3. What size disk drive? Need make/model of computer. Do you want to retrieve data from old drive and move to new drive?

4. OK.

5. System maintenance/diagnostic is $80 per computer for a working system and this includes updating software. If you want a system checked out for purchase or sell, it is $50.

I accept credit cards – Visa and MasterCard.

Please provide your telephone number and address.

Doug Huddle
Merit Computer Services
Gastonia, NC 28056
704-263-5061
support@meritcs.com

http://www.meritcomputerservices.com

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From: john scott [mailto:johnscott419@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2011 3:01 AM
To: Merit Computer Services
Subject: Re: computer repair

Thanks for you reply the laptops are five in number and these are what we needed you for if you can help they are HP laptops.

1: formatting of laptop
2: changing of keyboard
3: replacement of hard disc
4: Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case
5: Diagnostics of the entire system, check hard disk, CD-Rom etc

All you need to do now is to give me an estimate of the five unit laptops including your workmanship so we can schedule time for movers to deliver the laptops to your end and i will be more than happy to read from you. How many days could this take you to fixed it?

Kindest regard

Do you accept payment via credit card?

Thanks.

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From: Merit Computer Services [mailto:support@meritcs.com]
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2011 12:45 AM
To: ‘john scott’
Subject: RE: computer repair

I am not sure what you are asking.

Can I can repair many computers in a short period of time such as 50 per week?
No

Can I support an office with 30 computers?
Yes!

Doug Huddle
Merit Computer Services
Gastonia, NC 28056
704-263-5061
support@meritcs.com

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From: john scott [mailto:johnscott419@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2011 4:49 AM
To: support@meritcs.com
Subject: computer repair

Hello i will like to know if you can handle computer in a large volume, kindly get back to me.

Thanks.

Laura Downs
December 18th, 2011

Doug, ever consider that the credit cards supplied to you would be stolen? I’m guessing that the credit card charges *may* clear if the card numbers were stolen online but not yet used by the perpetrators, therefore not yet discovered as stolen. Who knows how they do it, but they keep trying so somehow they must be successful. I got two of those emails this week. Annoying. =P

C. Jones
December 19th, 2011

I received the same email but I responded just to see how far this guy would go. 🙂
And just for S&G I gave him the price of $2145.19

Thanks for you reply the laptops are five in number and these are what
we needed you for if you can help they are HP laptops.

1: formatting of laptop
2: changing of keyboard
3: replacement of hard disc
4: Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case
5: Diagnostics of the entire system, check hard disk, CD-Rom etc

All you need to do now is to give me an estimate of the five unit
laptops including your workmanship so we can schedule time for movers
to deliver the laptops to your end and i will be more than happy to
read from you. How many days could this take you to fixed it?

Kindest regard

Do you accept payment via credit card?

Joe
January 23rd, 2012

Just received the same email from jamesstuat@gmail.com!

Hello,
Thanks for getting back to me and i have 7 Pentium IV dell laptops
Below are the things needed to be done on each of the laptops.
1 Format Hard Drive
2 Install Win Xp with Service Pack 2
3 Microsoft Office Package
4 AVG Virus Software (Free Lifetime Updates)
5 Adobe Acrobat
6 Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case.
7 Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard, cdrom,
floppy, etc.I’ll pay you $700 for the services of 7 units. i have all
the necessary software needed for the service installations…If that
is okay by you. I will instruct my secretary to prepare a Certified
check for you on your name and address.So all i need from you is your
full name and address and your phone # so as to prepare the check and
shipping of the laptops to your address.I have a reliable shipper that
will pickup the laptops when you are done with it.I am looking forward
to hearing from you,so we can have payment and shipping asap.

Best regards

Gary
January 24th, 2012

I keep getting these too. Many different iterations but the basic message is all the same. For awhile I was sending back a message saying I could do the work for them but I would require documentation proving that they were the owners on the computers or were the official representative of the owner of the computers. I never got any replies. I am still getting the scam emails but just delete them as they show up. I am curious to know what they actually get out of this when someone actually bites. They must be getting something. I’m getting at least one of these a day, usually more.

Christopher
March 29th, 2012

there still at it got one today from johnscott@gmail.com i knew it was to good to be true….lmao…these jokers will try anything now a days….lol….well guess no $10,000 for me lol

Conrad Pritchard
March 30th, 2012

I replied with this:

Hello,

How are you? I’m Kenneth Tucker, The Computer Analyst of John Holts Associate Minnesota, we need to know if you are capable of repairing computers in large volumes, the organisation distributed few computers to a missionary home in Lefkosa, Cyprus, and there objectives was to hold a free computer training section for the kids at the Mission Home, we got information that the computers all malfunctioned and They are shipping the computers back to us, we need to fix them and have it returned in time,are you available for this job? we need your urgent response to this ad.

The Computer Analyst
Mr Kenneth Tucker
John Holts Associate,
Minnesota.

I guess I don’t have to wonder where this is going.

They all ask the same thing – “Are you capable of repairing computers in large volumes”.

Are scammers so brain-dead that they can’t even think of a new sentence?

Matthew Davidson
March 31st, 2012

Still going strong as of 3-31-2012.

johnscott419@gmail.com

Hello i will like to know if you can handle computer in a large volume, kindly get back to me.

I knew something was wrong. Reported email to Google.