Asiaxpat warns of surge in scamming from overseas We hear of a cautionary tale from one of our readers who was nearly scammed when she attempted to sell an item of jewellery on the Asiaxpat website. She posted her item and when a buyer contacted her, sent it off to California. She then received a strange looking email from the buyer using Standard Chartered letterhead. The item was being sold for US$2,000, but the buyer's email claimed that this amount was too low to be wired, and the bank required another HK$14,500 to enable the transaction to go through, which would be returned after the transaction was completed. The obvious craziness of this suggestion alerted our reader that something was wrong and she was fortunately able to contact UPS and tell them not to deliver the item. Another woman was not so fortunate and explains on the website how she recently fell for this scam. Asiaxpat founder Paul Luciw said there is a warning on his website against conducting transactions with overseas parties. He said that over the past three weeks there had been a marked increase in the number of attempted scams from people coming on to the site from overseas. He said the website had barred a number of addresses but people were clearly changing them and reregistering. But he said as a result of the recent surge in scamming activity, Asiaxpat had started to block the IPs of suspect users. "Since the introduction of this latest measure, there has been a decline in the number of complaints," he told Lai See . " I expect they are targeting other high traffic sites that have large volumes of classified ads." In one of the threads on Asiaxpat that discusses scamming, one writer notes: "If anyone sends you a message and just asks you to email them back, then 99.9 per cent of the time they're scammers. With all the years I have been dealing here in Asiaxpat, all of the deals are dealt with using mobile messaging services or by private message in this forum itself and never via email." No power alert If you happen to be the owner of an electric vehicle and find yourself running out of juice while in the Pacific Place car park, proceed with caution. There are a number of signs in the car park indicating there is a charging point somewhere in the car park. However, just so you don't waste your precious remaining battery charge looking for it, we are warning you that it can't be used at present due to the current renovations that are taking place. At least one of our readers has suffered this fate. Swire Properties tells us that it will be back in service later this year. Dating dynamics Now for something slightly different. We see that the dating site Lunch Actually is looking to hire a Dating Success Coach & Trainer. "If you are known as the Aunt Agony among your friends, and have a natural empathy towards singles, we are looking for you!" the company says in its job advert. "Applicants should possess a passion for helping singles find their soulmates. We invite you to join our team if you have strong EQ and are energised when interacting with singles from all walks of life." Among the skills required are a "keen interest in human relationships, especially dating dynamics". Fund managers on top In 2018 the average fund manager will be earning nearly US$300,000 a year, while the average investment banker will be earning a mere US$200,000. This is according to a new report by the think tank New Financial which says that pay at investment banks has been falling since the financial crisis but rising steadily at asset management firms.