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 Ebay is a huge hit in Nigeria.. /end sarcasm.

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Defrib
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:30 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi, first time posting here but I love the site.
Couple nights ago I listed a fairly pricey digital projector on ebay with a Buy It Now option.
I was shocked to see the email from Ebay notifying that my item had sold, I thought for sure someone would wait until the end of the auction time before bidding.
Then I noticed the time it sold at, almost 3 hours after I had listed it...weird.

4 More emails followed the ebay message......quite hilarious.



Fake paypal letter - Clicky

His demanding letter giving oh so detailed instructions on how to send a package. - Clicky


So I was pretty impressed with the fake paypal letter, obviously a fake and thankfully my email gave me an address that said..
From :$ $ $ <[email protected]>(sent by<[email protected]>)

So, I can handle this right? I'm fine, Ebay found him, I'm not a scambaiter so I just want this guy to leave me alone and I want to sell my damn projector.

Last night I relisted, same thing, different address, some poor guy in Alabama probably got his account hijacked..
This time though, Ebay hasn't discovered he is a fraud yet, I sent in a help request...

Here's the email I received today from the Mugu in, Alabama, US.

Greeting to you,
Season's Greetings to you.I am Real Joe from US.I'm
contacting you concerning your item on Ebay which i
eventually became the winning bidder for your
item.Morever i'm presently serving our beloved nation
here in Iraq with the United Nation and i intend
sending this item to my Daugther who works with
theAmerican Embassy in Lagos,Nigeria as a
consular,forher up coming birthday that she want to do
nest weekthen.And I will like you to go to any
U.S.P.S(Express Mail Service)E.M.S 3 - 5 days ,and
calculate how much it will take you in sending this
item to him in Nigeria and add it to the cost of the
item okay. Moreover I would have prefer to send you a
cheque but simply because I want you to ship the item
first thing this morning, I will be sending you the
payment via PAYPAL, and so make sure you get the
package ready for today shipment ok And kindly send me
your pay pal E-mail address, so I can make the payment
right away. waiting to hear from you today Sincerely.
...
RECEIVERS SHIPPING ADDRESS


Address : ......121 VICTRORA ST
City : ...... OJOTA
State : ..............Lagos

Country : ......Nigeria

Zipcode : .........23401

---------------------------


And another one...


I have made out my payment to you for this item
purchase,So check your mail for the confirmation mail
from paypal.Make sure you send the Shipment tracking
number to( [email protected]
for verifications so they can release the funds to
your account immediately after you drop it off .Let me
know as soon as you get it mailed out, and i add
$money for the shippment "coz i track it online with
www.usps.com AND i want you to ship with
usps(E.M.S SPEED POST)that 3-5 days ok. in other to
reduce the stress of you driving down to their
location to confirme the shipment cost ok. to hear
from you soon.Have a nice day.

RECEIVERS SHIPPING ADDRESS


Name : .....................JACK OBI
Address : .....................121 VICTRORA ST
City : ............... OJOTA
State : .......................Lagos

Country : ................Nigeria

Zipcode : ................23401
Thanks and Compliment of the season to you.
------------------------------

SO basically I just posted because I am super frustrated, I am trying to sell this thing and right now it seems impossible, I am going to try and reliist without a Buy It Now option - I'm thinking these scumbags just browse through things that are a decent amount of money with Buy It Now options..
I'm just worried that since I relisted I have the whole Nigerian Scammer army after my head, and damn they are persistent.

You'd think after about the 5th email that they sent and I didn't respond to they would get a clue..

Anyways, Thanks for doing what you guys do, wish me luck and remember, Season's Greetings!




I left his email at the top, feel free to torture this guy if you'd like, I have many more of his aliases since he keeps emailing me like we're long lost relatives.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:40 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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I'm thinking these scumbags just browse through things that are a decent amount of money with Buy It Now options..


Yep, you'd be right.

Compared to all the other scams, this one is not quite as common. It takes a little bit more thinking power (and a bit more actual typing) from the lad to creatively get at you, hence why it's not as well practiced. They prefer their cut and paste scripts. This type of scam is an eBay twist on the older payment scam, where the money never clears properly. It's a relative of the "overpayment" and the check scams.

Well done on spotting him. Sounds like you know what you're doing so I'll not labour any points. Good luck selling your item, and hopefully one of the members will find the time to give your scammer some hell.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 4:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I think Ebay has seller options for limiting what countries one can sell to.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:53 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

UPDATE:
Alright guys, finally was able to sell my projector, I took down the buy it now and still got questions from potential bidders begging me to take the aution down and accept their $1,500 offer to send it to their son/mother/daughter/brother in Nigeria.

Weirdos, will they ever learn?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

No, but we'll keep teaching the lesson over and over and over... well you get the idea.

Glad you sold your projector! Now if only I can get rid of my XL1...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Defrib wrote:
I'm thinking these scumbags just browse through things that are a decent amount of money with Buy It Now options.


Usually, but not always. Because the scammer is paying with a fake check, that check can be as large as it needs to be, so some scammers use hijacked ebay accounts and bid high so they're sure to win. Then once they win, the scammer offers the overage. This however is not the popular route because they must wait for the auction to end, during which time eBay can discover that the account was hijacked. They may also contact you asking you to end the auction early and sell it to them whether they've bid or not. In that case you can simply ignore the e-mail.

As for shipping addresses, scammers often use a mule; another victim in the same country as the seller who has been conned into accepting packages and forwarding them to the scammer or sitting on them (most scammers don't want your item unless it's electronics like a cell phone or laptop). So saying that you will only ship to certain countries is not guarantee that scammers won't try anyway, nor is receiving a shipping address in the U.S.

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