This is a long story, but I will try to make it as short as possible to get to my point:
Someone today was telling me about a transaction they were involved in, dealing with PayPal and Ebay. She was asked by a seller on Ebay to "hold down to fort" as it were and make a money transfer while this seller was out of town (this would have raised a red flag for me right off, but it gets worse). She (person who thinks she was scammed) was supposed to get money through PayPal from a company and transfer that money to a different bank account (don't ask why she thought this would be a good idea). After she made the transfer from her account, she got an email from PayPal...the money she had received was from a fraudulent account, so was never really there, but she HAD really transferred $1000 to that SECOND bank account (stick with me here!).
The company that was supposed wire her the money in the first place ("Alfmeier Industrievertretung GmbH") has a website: http://alfmeier-ex.com/
I checked it out, and I think it is bogus. Any links you try to follow lead you in circles, and it is very vague about the company's purpose and that kind of thing. Also, I checked on Google to see if anything on the company would come up, and didn't find anything for THIS company. I did, however, find a link to another company (Walter Alfmeier GmbH / Industrievertretung) at:http://www.alfmeiergmbh.de/
The street addresses to both are the same, but all other contact info (including ID numbers) is different.
If anybody has a chance to do some investigation, could you maybe look at these sites and tell me if you think the first site (or either) is bogus, and what you think could be done (if anything) to get this poor (naive) girl her money back? Thanks a million!
PS- sorry this is not very language-related, but it would help if some German-speakers could check this for me/her!