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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:12 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I was selling a camera on eBay and the winning bidder was a user from Nigeria.

Within a few hours after the winning bid, the winner (an individual claiming to be "ISA LOPEZ") sent me a fake PayPal e-mail stating that they had paid. Of course, after logging in to my real PayPal account, there was no record of payment.

A few hours later, eBay notified me that there was unauthorized activity on the winning bidder's account and that the account had been suspended and the auction had been canceled and removed.

Following that, I received a fake eBay e-mail stating that the account had been reinstated. I then received a request from "Isa Lopez" asking me to ship the camera to an address in Nigeria.

These people must really think we're complete idiots.

I'm attaching one of the e-mail messages I received.

Don't know if this is worth baiting or not, but just wanted to throw this out here and see what you all think.

From: ISA LOPEZ <[email protected]>
Subject: Payment Made
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:23:10 -0400

Hello Steve,
I will like to inform you that i have issue out the transfer for your item and the shipment cost to my store in Nigeria,The money as since been deducted from my account and the confirmations for the payment as been send to me from PayPal,So i will like you to just make the shipment of the item as soon as you receive the transfer confirmations from PayPal regarding the transfer,So i will like you to make the shipment and get back to PayPal with the shipment number as soon as possible...Here is my shipping address for confirmation of the shipment:

Name:Feranmi Muyiwa
Address:Ait Motel,Along Wema Bank Road,Boboye Apata
Zip Code:23402
Phone Number:+2348078028233

So i will like you to just get back to me as soon as you make the shipment so i can confirm the shipment...Thanks....I look forward to your mail as soon as you make the shipment.....Thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I have just sold a mobile phone on ebay and the exact same thing happened to me. Did you ever reply to any of the emails? ive forwarded all mine to ebay and paypal.

here are my emails so far:

Notice : Administrative Technical Error

Dear eBay Customer,
This email is to inform you that our recent notification sent to you from eBay was a technical error .We are sorry for any mix up we might have caused both you and the buyer. We realized that the bid initiated from Buyer was from the true owner.
If this person was the winning bidder for the transaction then the transaction in question should be reconsidered and completed. You must end the auction if the item have been re-listed.We therefore urge you to go and ship the item or take the necessary step if the buyer has paid for the item.
Thank you for being an asset to the eBay trading community. We wish you continued success with your transactions on eBay.
Regards.You can also contact the buyer on this e-mail:[email protected]
Customer Support (Trust and Safety Department)
eBay Inc

[i]You've got new funds!

Dear (ive removed this, but this is from paypal and they have used my ebay user name instead of my paypal one!!),

Payment has been made by Steven Kabak,
Steven Kabak is a Verified buyer.

Payment Details

107.78 GBP

Transaction ID: 5Y758872CS5622206
Subject: Ship before 30/03/2008
You have been paid for
*NOKIA N80 Mobile Phone*

Delivery Information
Dr Augustine E A
No 4 Adeniyi street off sapon road,

Address Status:

This one is a good one!!!!
Dear Paypal Users,
This is to Notify you about the Payment made by our client to your PayPal account. The payment has been successfully made but due to security reasons we have to receive the Shipment Tracking Number before your PayPal account will be credited.
This a new measure we are taking in order to protect both Sellers and Buyers against fraudulent activities. Once you have ship the Item, send the shipment tracking number to PayPal Customer Service Department:[email protected] and you can also reach us on this number +447031894014 and immediately the Shipment tracking number is CONFIRMED, your account will be credited immediately.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Thank you for using PayPal
The PayPal Team

PayPal Email ID PP753.

(what made me laugh was the fact that paypal has a mobile phone number)

I have had a few more ones very simular

this is my latest email from the scammer:
From: [email protected]
Subject: WHY ALL THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: 29 March 2008 04:53:55 GMT

Hello Seller,
I will like to tell you that i have made the payment and more so the shipping cost has been added to your total i will want you to kindly help me to ship out the item to the address that will be given to you by paypal as soon as you receive payment confirmation from them.Get back to me as soon as the item as been shipped to the address cos it is needed urgently as a birthday gift.

Here is the shipping address below:
Dr Sunday O U
No 4 Adeniyi street off sapon road,
Ogun State
Pls reply me soon
I don't know if he'll get bored that i'm not replying to the emails, don't know if anyone has any funny ideas what to send him back, but i don't want him getting hold of my real address, do you think he could do that from knowing my ebay user name?[/list]
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:25 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hello there and welcome to the eater.
It's your normal Ebay scam and you caught it, many don't and ship their stuff. This is just one of the ways they try to make some money on their victims over 200 million yearly, so some still go for it Smile
Report in for a mentor who will set you up with all the stuff you need to bait safe. You might want to drop a "HI" in the new entry forum and introduce yourself to the gang. Read the stickies, read some more and go get your first lad from the surplus. Ask lots of questions (in the right forum please) and make yourself comfortable, this is adicting Very Happy
@Icybox99 why run the risk, get a new email addy from google or hushmail and try to get his attention, plenty of examples in the forum here.
@quixote same idea for you, get back at your guy from a safe addy or find a fun one from the surplus.
@ Both Welcome, have fun and bait safe.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:54 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Yes - welcome Very Happy
these are perfectly baitable from a new address, they probably have no idea who they've sent emails to and about which item. I'd suggest having a similar item, and maybe saying something like - thanks for purchasing the whatever, and how would you like it sent, to start them off. You can always backtrack, check your files, and don't appear to have received payment... and take it from there. You'll win some and lose some Smile

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