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Another eBay Scam - What do you think of this?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Stellavision, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. Stellavision

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    We know there are tons of scams going round linked to eBay now.
    My wife recently received this message from a new member:
    "Hello,
    I want to make an enquiry on the item.Is it still in the new pack.I
    will want to ask that is it safe.I want to buy the phone for my fiancee in
    Nigeria and i will pay you via ONLINE POSTER ORDER which i found
    faster, secure and safer.I will want you to send me your details like your
    full name,full address, zip code and the cost of the item so that i can
    make the payment soonest.I want to add it that i want the posting method
    to be through the royal mail first class record.I hope to read from you
    soonest."


    This is obviously a scam, but what is it they hope to achieve? Identity theft or money theft?
    It sounds similar to the one Ian J received a while ago.
     
  2. Daftboy

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    Looking for your e-mail address when you respond saying no.
    Best way around this is not to respond and report them to e-bay.
     
  3. Ian J

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    What's that ? Is he referring to Paypal or similar. My guess is that it's a financial scam of some sort and the money that you "receive" will have to be refunded as it probably comes from a "stolen" account.
     
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    Blimey, a physics graduate with a sense of humour - whatever next :rotfl:
     
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    Did you hear the one about the atom who thought he'd been ionised?

    I asked him if he was sure.

    He said "Yes, I'm positive".

    :rotfl:
     
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    Boom Boom
     
  8. Stellavision

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    Wow my thread's turned into an interlectual joke thread!:rolleyes: :D

    I returned the message on behalf of my wife via the ebay question response, choosing to hide my email address from the recipient. Basically saying no and no.

    Interestingly the user created the account yesterday claiming to be in London England. How many English people do you know that ask for a 'zip code'?:suicide:
     
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    I run a small service business, and I get two or three e-mails a week from Nigerians, all asking to buy goods from my "shop", and all asking to pay my Amex, Visa or Mastercard. The stupid thing is that my site doesn't have any goods for sale !

    Of course, all e-mails from Nigeria get ignored.
     
  11. Stellavision

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    Lol, they really are stupid aren't they.:rotfl:
    Mind you, obviously not that stupid if people are falling for it and agreeing to the dodgy deals!:eek:
     
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    Garyb I looked at your link and you are probably right.

    My wife actually received an email from eBay today before we contacted them, instructing her not to reply to the offending person, so it looks like they have been busted early hopefully.
     
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    They send you a very official looking moneygram from western union etc showing that you have received the funds and are ready for collection in 48hours or so. They then push you to deliver quckly so the goods are on their way before you realise you,ve been had. You may think they are really stupid but they are making a fortune from people who dont know its a scam. Yes there really are people who fall for this sort of scam all the time.
     
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    i get two or three of these per big item i put up, and usually a couple of hours later i get an email from ebay warning me to stay away.

    normally i have an auction of say £80 start, then buy it now £110, and the item is described as second hand etc. they then offer me £135 per item and ask for 5! they surely cant be that smart :confused:

    for the first time ever one actually bought through ebay as opposed to offering through email on my last sale, i made a thread about it "grrr ebay". i clearly said UK only, and he demanded that i ship to nigeria!
     
  15. Kazman

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    I had to stop using the Buy It Now feature because of these idiots, I was selling a mobile phone and these twits kepts on hitting the buy it now option.

    Had to relist three times because of them.

    And when I removed the Buy It Now feature, I received two emails asking for 2 or 3 of the items for the selling price PLUS £50 :confused:

    That is not the end of it, very close to the end of the auction, I had a new zero rated bidder come into the fray, bidding obscenely high amounts, he/she had just registered and was trying to spoil the bid (I specifically stated that no zero rated bidders can bid unless emailing me first). I had to cancel their bids then block the user.

    It's madness I tell you, no offence to the good honest Nigerians, heck one of my best friends is Nigerian, but I think ebay should just block all IPs originating from Nigeria full stop.
     

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