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jumpseater 26th May 2005 21:45

Ebay scam 419er's
For those of you ebayer's theres possibly a 419er scam coming your way. This was sent to a colleague selling some photo gear today, so they are out there!

Hello ,am here to get a deal with immediate purchase, i wanna buy this item from you and i will be happy if you can sell it to me, in any price that is avoidable to me, i will be able to buy the item, and i wanna tell you that you will take care of the shipment thru Royal Mail shipping courier service first class,and the methold of payment am using is western union auction payments(bidpay) and western union will give you the confirmation for you to know that you money as been approved and seNt to you.. if that is okay with you send me your full information for me to make the payment ,name,address. and i will be able to add you an additional 50.00 + the total amount of your item.so give me the amount for this. kindly get to me. ASAP."

Just sort of says 'Hello I am from de west afika' all over it, doesn't it!

Jerricho 26th May 2005 21:47

am here to get a deal with immediate purchase
Very frowned upon by eBay.

Thanks for the tip! :ok:

Astrodome 26th May 2005 21:53

The Greedy NEVER Learn
A sure as eggs are eggs some prat will try to do a deal and save the ebay fees and get caught in the scam.

Why don't I have much sympathy for them I wonder ?

Jerricho 26th May 2005 22:07

I've just re-read the "email" and realised something.

I knew I recognised the grammar and spelling.

Plazbot must be back on eBay again. :E

Onan the Clumsy 26th May 2005 22:09

an extra fifty bucks?

...if it sounds too good to be true...

Jerricho 26th May 2005 22:11

...then take full advantage before any other b*stard can :E

VP8 27th May 2005 06:48

This is a fairly old scam but people are still being caught out with it:8


MadsDad 27th May 2005 08:38

This is a fairly old scam but people are still being caught out with it
Must be a genuine offer. I heard some people bought some Light Sabres this way earlier this week.

Gouabafla 27th May 2005 08:52

Be warned, these scams are not always as badly written as this one. They can be quite convincing at times.

I received an extremely well written, and detailed scam email when I was selling my car on EBay. I had to read it through two or three times to work out exactly what was being said. The guy had done his homework and talked about places close to my location, it was all very clever.

When I wrote to EBay to complain, I found that the account, created that day, had already been closed down.

Lon More 27th May 2005 10:06

had a problem last year with someone who had hacked my ID on eBay selling Ducatis. He ripped quite a few people off and was only caught out because I realised my selling total was up.
Apparently he is still at it.

16 blades 27th May 2005 18:07

So how does this scam work??? I sell on ebay and want to be forearmed.


ExSimGuy 27th May 2005 18:10

Yes, I don't get it either - how does he "fool" Western Union? or is that not the point?

Rainboe 27th May 2005 18:42

I think he wants you to post the item immediately to him because he's in a hurry, and meanwhile he is going to Western Union to immediately forward the payment to you, but he hasn't put it very well. Maybe the best response is to email him how the scam should be worded......in de best West African English!

Astrodome 27th May 2005 18:46

It works like this
He sends you a fake email purporting to come from Bidpay 'confirming' that the money has ben paid.

He will give you possibly an account number to use to pay for the shipping.

You will despatch the item.

The money will not arrive.

You never be able to contact him or see the item again

If you lock onto the scam, you won't be able to stop the delivery because HE has paid for it, and only HE can stop it.

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