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Author Topic: Is this a eBay scam, and how so if it is?  (Read 29 times)
Jesse
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« on: July 20, 2011, 03:47:34 AM »

So I put a mobile gaming device on eBay for sell, very quickly the buyer purcahsed it for its buy it now price, which was pretty high. I then realized it was a buyer from Nigeria.. ugh, iternational. He sent me this, (btw the shipping boosted the original 200 dollar base price to 550 dollars.) He sent me the following message,

"Hello Seller,I'm Mr Smith Jacob, am From New York USA,but presently in Israel on a business trip.I saw your item advert on eBay and I'm interested in buying it for my older son who work in Nigeria Please kindly Get back to me ASAP and don't forget to send me the total cost including the cost of shipping to Nigeria and your PayPal account ID or Money Request so i can make payment ASAP."-
then he gives his email. Is this a scam??
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Max_Bain
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 05:26:49 PM »

Most definitely, if he's buying an item he shouldn't need you to give your paypal information as Ebay deals with that. Only send him the device when you have received payment.
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Darry
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2011, 09:37:19 AM »

sounds like it. He doesent need your paypal infos if he is the buyer. Because he will have a buy it now option from paypal in the items listing. Dont send him any infos. I'm sure you cna make a claim through ebay to re-coup your listing fees and then re-list the item for sale. Let ebay know whats going on so they cna block this scumbag from leaving neg feedback on you.

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Darry
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Dr_Who
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2011, 11:26:42 AM »

Most of Nigeria's economy is running scams. it is a standard nigerian scam.
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hatmanone
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2011, 12:23:14 PM »

Do not send him your paypal ID. He does not need it to pay you.

Unfortunately there are currently a lot of scams of this type coming from Nigeria
http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/Nigerian419Scams
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oops_
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2011, 01:02:03 PM »

why would you send him your penpal ID?
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Buffy_Staffordshir
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011, 01:35:56 PM »

100% scam.

There is no buyer.

There is only a scammer trying to steal your mobile gaming device.

The scammer isn't interested in your identity or bank account only in convincing you to ship your possession to him without him sending you a penny.

The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be "Paypal" saying "kindly send the tracking number and we will release the funds".

Paypal does NOT send such emails, ever. Paypal does NOT have escrow or money holding services like that scammer describes. Paypal does NOT demand you send a tracking number before money is sent. EVER. No exceptions.

Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of being the perfect buyer, great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

If you google "yahoo buyer's protection program scam", "fake paypal email scam", "ebay escrow fraud" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near victims of this type of scam.

Check out the one and only official paypal website, read up on what paypal does and how it really works.
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Kittysue
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2011, 09:40:50 PM »

SCAM - report this to Ebay ASAP so nobody else falls for it. The Nigerian scammers target anything electronic and always use the Buy it Now option

You NEVER give your paypal details to anyone on Ebay. That's why you use Ebay - to protect your privacy. If this person was real they pay through Ebay and Ebay transfers the money to your paypal account. You NEVER give paypal details to any buyer

Not to mention that Ebay does not allow ANY accounts in Nigeria due to scams, and you are not protected if you main the item anywhere but their verified mailing address which cannot be in Nigeria. If this were a real buyer, you would only ship to their address in NY and it's up to them if they want it sent elsewhere

Report the buyer to Ebay to get your listing fees back and when you relist make sure that your settings show that you will not ship overseas and do not offer a Buy it Now option as scammers target new sellers who offer Buy it Now hoping they have no clue how Ebay really works
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IRENE_SALEHOO
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2011, 09:48:53 PM »

You do not need to provide your Paypal details nor the total cost he needs to pay.  This information is available within his checkout/payment process transaction at eBay.  The next message you will probably receive is some issue where you will be tricked to provide a password, if you're not careful.  Or worse more contact information until he is fully capable of harassing and blackmailing you.  Stay safe, stay away from this scam.
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