eBay Nigerian Scam

So, when you sell something on eBay for more than you expect and they want you to ship it to Nigeria, you’re probably being scammed. If you’re still not sure, wait and see if you receive an email from “PayPal” claiming payment has been sent but won’t be posted until the item is shipped. If you get such and email and the grammer is poor, you’re probably being scammed. Still not sure? Read these:

I have relisted the item minus the buy it now option. Hopefully we’ll get a legitimate sale this time.

52 thoughts on “eBay Nigerian Scam

  1. I had the folloowing email from ‘paypal’ after a few emails of someone asking me to ship an item they had won off me on ebay. The final bid was way over the odds so I was suspicious straight away.

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    Dear Ebay Seller,
    An amount of £300.00 GBP was sent to you by Mrs Laura John for your item (New sexy Samsung e900 + accessories, brand new boxed ) she purchased from you throguh Ebay Auction Site to cover the asking price and the shipping cost through Royal Mail Postal Service.We would release the money to your paypal account as soon as the buyer received the item because the money had already been deducted from he paypal accout but pending to reflect on to your paypal account. We are sorry for the inconviences but the buyer is a new member to paypal so he chosed to operate the transaction as paypal secured transactions. Please wait, we would notify you immediately the money is credited and once the shipment is done and you get back to us with the coureir shipping name and courier shipment tracking number for verification.Mrs Laura John , is a Verified Paypal And Ebay Buyer.

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    Details Of Transaction Below
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    Seller’s I.D: maheard1977
    Seller’s Email : m.heard1@ntlworld.com
    Transaction Date: July 19’th, 2006
    Transaction ID: 6D694274EY338930K
    Total Transaction Amount:£300.00 GBP
    Case #: PP-091-962-222
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    What to Do Next
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    This is to inform you that we need you to send us the Proof of Shippment in the right format below, to ensure we credit your account.
    Item Name….. Item Number… Name /Shipping Address…
    Name Of Courier Service…
    Tracking Number…
    Date /Time Of Shipping…
    The fund has been deducted from (laurajones_002@yahoo.ca) account and will be credited into your account ( m.heard1@ntlworld.com) immediately the shipment is confirmed.

    BELOW IS THE BUYER SHIPPING INFORMATION :
    Name :HAMZAT BABATUNDE ADEKUNLE
    Address :17 HUMUANI STR,
    City :SOMOLU ,
    State :LAGOS,
    Zipcode :23401,
    Country :NIGERIA.
    Address Status: Verified

    Confirmation Of Payment: This is to certify that an amount of £300.00 GBP will be credited into your account as soon as you provide us the postage prove and shipment tracking number for verification…

    Note:
    You will have to send the shipment tracking number to: ( ppaltransactiondetails@consultant.com) for verification to enable us credit your account with the exact amount.And note that is it only PayPal is eligible to informations on Tracking Number, do not send the tracking number to the buyer.Under no circumstance should you try any act or attempt to Fraud PayPal,any of such trace will be dealt with

    ATTENTION! Only PayPal is eligible to informations on Tracking Number, do not send the tracking number to the buyer.

    WARNING! Under no circumstance should you try any act or attempt to Fraud PayPal,any of such trace will be dealt with.
    Thank you for using paypal ® . We look forward serving your online auction payment needs in the future.
    Sincerely,
    Williams Green
    Paypal Customer Care.


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  2. If you receive an email like this, report it to eBay and PayPal. They both have email addresses to forward spoof emails to. I did this, and was able to relist for free with no penalty. Just in general, be careful when selling stuff online. Don’t ship anything until you have received the money.

  3. I had the same problem. I was selling my Xbox360 through Ebay. He said he was generous and paid me £400 instead of the original £300 asking price.

    Check the email!
    Dear Gill Dennis,

    You have an Instant Payment of £400.00 from Solomon Daisy(jawonlerox@yahoo.com)
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    Payment Details

    Purchased By : Solomon Daisy

    Item Number Item Title Quantity Price Subtotal
    130013934742

    XBOX 360 PREMIUM PACK WITH GAME AND EXTRAS 1 DAY ONLY!!
    1 £310.00

    £310.00

    Postage & Packing via Royal Mail International:
    (includes any seller packing fees) £90.00
    Postage Insurance (not offered): £0.00

    Total: £400.00

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    Pay your bills online securely with any major credit card through PayPal!

    PAYPAL CREDIT CARD APPROVED

    ***ATTENTION***
    The order has been APPROVED, you CAN NOW ship the merchandise to the buyer’s shipping address. You are expected to make the shipment with 48 hours of recieving this Payment Approval Notification and get back to our Costumer/Technical Dept. with the tracking number for Shipment Verification. Your Payment has been placed on Hold due to the fact that the delivery address is outside United Kingdom.So your payment will be release and credited into your account upon the receipt of the shipment tracking number for verification purpose.This is done in other to protect both the buyer and seller of the item.

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    Delivery Information

    Address: Ademola Okuleye
    32 Joel Dumade Close,Church Bus-Stop
    Itire Mushin Road
    Surulere,Lagos
    23401
    Nigeria

    Address Status: Confirmed

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    The PayPal Team

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    The bit that gets me is the ‘ Play 100s of games for FREE ‘ bit , would Paypal promote playing games for free?? not quite.

    Better look next time Nigeria.

  4. Oh dear, I am another victim of fraud on ebay and Paypal. I have tried to stop the Royal Mail delivering my package to Nigeria.The Royal has confirmed that my parcel arrived at Heathrow Airport, they climed they were powerless to remove the sid package from the system in order to thwart the perpentratron of crime. Sadly to see my dimond ring went out of the UK to the criminal hand.Please help each other to get them. I have reported to ebay, paypal and the police. See the attach files below.
    Best Wishes,
    Ampawal Russell

    Hello ,
    I have just made a swift payment to you via paypal for ebay item # 250030866357 I paid £300, to your paypals account, hope that will be ok, I dont want you to have any problem while posting it to her, A confirmatory email will be sent to you from paypal to confirm the money has been deducted from my account ok ,make sure you post the item to my sister in lagos nigeria via Royalmail International Signed For,today then you get back to paypal, with the shipment tracking number, ok.

    below is my sisters address
    INYA-AGHA NDUBUISI
    No.20 Ogabi Street
    Abule Ijesha
    Yaba,Lagos.
    2341,
    Nigeria

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    Dear Ampawal Russell,

    This email confirms that Juli Moore (juli_moore01@yahoo.com) has sent you 300.00GBP with PayPal.

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    To complete this payment, you must ship the item to the shipping address given to you by the buyer and provide us with the shipment tracking number to (pay.pal.customerscenter@usa.com) for verification within 48hours so that we can credit your PayPal account accept or deny it within 30 days.

    If you do not accept or deny this payment within 30 days, it will be cancelled and the funds will be returned to Juli Moore’s account.

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    Payment Details

    Buyer’s User ID: juli_moore01

    Buyer: Juli Moore

    Amount : 285.00 GBP

    Shipping & Handling: 15.00 GBP

    Insurance: 00.00 GBP

    Total Amount: 300.00 GBP

    Payment by PayPal

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    Item Information
    eBay Item #: 250030866357

    eBayer User ID: bkk10700

    eBay Item Headline: SUPER QUALITY1/2CT ROSE CUT +OLD CUT REAL DIAMOND ART

    eBay Item Quantity: 1

    eBay Item Unit Value: 285.00 GBP

    This payment is pending because it was sent in a currency in which you do not currently hold a balance.Get back to us with the Shipment Tracking details so that we can verify that the item has been shipped and transfer the funds deducted from the buyer’s (juli_moore01@yahoo.com) PayPal account to your account. Shipment Tracking details to our customercare pay.pal.customerscenter@usa.com
    You can also send the Shipment Tracking details to the buyer if you want.

    ***PLEASE NOTE***
    THE BUYER OF THIS ITEM HAS REQUESTED THIS ITEM TO BE SHIPPED TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS BELOW BUYER SHIPPING INFORMATION:

    INYA-AGHA NDUBUISI
    No.20 Ogabi Street
    Abule Ijesha
    Yaba,Lagos.
    2341,
    Nigeria.
    Confirmed

    With PayPal, you always shop without sharing your financial information.

    Thank you for using PayPal!
    The PayPal Team.

  5. I was almost a victim of this fraud, but luckily I searched the fake paypal email address on google, and found this site. You guys just saved me £170, I can’t thank you enough for bringing it to attention.

    This is the email I got.

    This email confirms that Tina John (tina_john02@yahoo.com) has sent you 165.00GBP with PayPal.

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    To complete this payment, you must ship the item to the shipping address given to you by the buyer and provide us with the shipment tracking number to (pay.pal.customerscenter@usa.com) for verification within 48hours so that we can credit your PayPal account accept or deny it within 30 days.

    If you do not accept or deny this payment within 30 days, it will be cancelled and the funds will be returned to Tina John’s account.

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    Payment Details

    Buyer’s User ID: tina_john02

    Buyer: Tina John

    Amount : 150.00 GBP

    Shipping & Handling: 15.00 GBP

    Insurance: 00.00 GBP

    Total Amount: 165.00 GBP

    Payment by PayPal

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    Item Information
    eBay Item #: 130033371268

    eBayer User ID: deanpascoe

    eBay Item Headline: Olympus SP-500 Ultra Zoom 6mp Digital Camera w/ 256mb

    eBay Item Quantity: 1

    eBay Item Unit Value: 150.00 GBP

    This payment is pending because it was sent in a currency in which you do not currently hold a balance.Get back to us with the Shipment Tracking details so that we can verify that the item has been shipped and transfer the funds deducted from the buyer’s (tina_john02@yahoo.com) PayPal account to your account. Shipment Tracking details to our customercare pay.pal.customerscenter@usa.com
    You can also send the Shipment Tracking details to the buyer if you want.

    ***PLEASE NOTE***
    THE BUYER OF THIS ITEM HAS REQUESTED THIS ITEM TO BE SHIPPED TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS BELOW BUYER SHIPPING INFORMATION:

    INYA-AGHA NDUBUISI
    No.20 Ogabi Street
    Abule Ijesha
    Yaba,Lagos.
    2341,
    Nigeria.
    Confirmed

    Was going to send it off this afternoon aswell, can’t believe these scumbags. Just emailed ebay and paypal, so I am awaiting a response at the moment. Dean

  6. Dear All,
    Just the same email as above but very detailed paypal invoice confirmation of sale two very good fake (spoof) emails, from the absolute scum bags. I sold a phone and the idiot scammers offered me £2500 pounds for it, far too much so it set the alarm bells ringing, phone worth £200ish. Just lucky websites like this were around and didnt send it so thanks for your help.

    Also if anyone does fancy going out to Nigeria to track down these idiots and give them a real kicking and maybe get some other peoples property back, then let me know and i will tag along. Maybe a few mercenaries are looking for a bit of extra work and cash and I am sure it would be a good mission. Lagos, Nigeria, the items have to go to someone.
    Regards Mike

  7. Hi)
    I also could be a victim. Thanking to a very good friend of mine I am not! He is an experienced buyer/seller and I was lucky to have him on the phone.
    Yes, pay attention to the text and the faults. And the same story of the suspended payment – till the DHL number arrives!!

    Just to give more example I attach the received “paypal” letter.
    Good luck to everyone!

    Dear Customer,
    Thanks for contacting us, has we are here to serve you, This is a new policy from paypal and Ebay to recceive a shipment tracking number from seller before transfer the fund to his or her paypal personal account we are using this preveledgr to acknoledge for not infoming you before, because this act is doing to reduce the rate of scam and fraudlent transaction which taking place between buyer’s and seller. we are using this opportunity to inform you that the fund has been completely duducted from williet mack and hold till when you produce a shipmet tracking number for the item. that means you have to shipout the item tomorrow morning has you have said and immidiately you provide us with the shipment tracking number your account will credited immidiately.
    Thanks for using paypal .
    Thank you for using PayPal!
    The PayPal Team .

    You can also confirm your email address by logging into your PayPal account at https://www.paypal.com/us/.

  8. It is so annoying to try and sell something expensive on ebay, this is my THIRD time relisting my xbox360 on ebay because of this annoying Nigeria scam. How long is it going to take me to sell my xbox on ebay, I am starting to think it is going to be impossible, I dont think ebay is addressing this problem at all, I listed it twice today and twice today I got buy it now bids from these scammers. Here are the emails.

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    From: kenny_williams_000006@yahoo.com
    Subject: You Won eBay Item: Microsoft Xbox 360 Premium Console! EXTRAS! (260140119228)
    Date: July 15, 2007 10:15:53 PM EDT

    Dear Seller,
    I Am Mr Kenny Williams, i made buy it now option on your item place at ebay (260140119228) and i have been notified by them to contact u and also if u can get back to me as soon as possible,i will be very glad.I am on my business trip now, and i purchase the item to present it to my SON in Lagos Nigeria for his coming birthday that is about to do next week,So i will like u to get back to me as soon as possible then i want you to caculate the total amount of the item with the shipping cost to lagos Nigeria so that i will be able to send the payment to you and when u are notified of the payment u can be able to send the item to my SON immediately,in Lagos Nigeria and I will be sending you payment via PayPal,so kindly send me
    your PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS so as to immedaitely make out your payment.Kindly reply to my email asap so that we can sort it and the item can get to my SON immediately before his birthday.Plz i want the item to be sihpped via (USPS-Emx Overnight Delivery) shipping to Nigeria am not worry about the shipping cost,
    HERE’S THE RECIEVER INFORMATION:
    Name………………………… Mike Afolabi
    Address………………………10 Oba Akinjobi Road GRA
    City……………………………Ikeja
    Zip code……………………..23401
    State…………………………..Lagos
    Country……………………….Nigeria
    Phone Number…………………..234-8029710373
    THANKS
    Mr Kenny Williams

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    From: lordinggok23@yahoo.com
    Subject: Re: You Won eBay Item: Microsoft Xbox 360 Premium Console! EXTRAS! (260139989837)
    Date: July 15, 2007 7:15:38 PM EDT

    Hello,
    Greetings to you,I need to send a surprise gift to my son who went on a course Overseas in (Nigeria) and luckly i came across your item,as i see that your item is in good condition for that.I will be making the payment through Paypal.kindly send me your Paypal Account Email Address Or Your Invoice,So i can make out your payment immediately & Paypal will notify you of my payment as soon as it has been comfirmed by them & your paypal account will be credited as soon as possible..let me know how much it will cost you in shiping the item to my Son in NIGERIA Using the courier service*US Postal Service Global Express mail (EMS) & send me the total amount for the item including the shiping cost to Nigeria.So i can make out your payment Immediately.I also had to choose the Postal Service,Cos i believe It`s safe Cheaper & Affordable.So Make sure you get the package ready for shipment, You can ship the item as soon as you recieve the paypal confirmation.Please mail me now Cause it`s urgently needed.
    awaiting your fast reply.
    Regards
    innocent
    NB: Below is my son’s shipping address so calculate it and let me know the total cost …..
    Name……..Amaka Innocent
    Address…..18 seidu ajibowu St
    City…………Ikeja
    State………..Lagos
    Zip/code…..23401
    Country………..Nigeria

    Thanks & Hope to hear from you soonest.

  9. Yeah, eBay is very tough to use. I’d consider alternatives like craigslist or the old fashioned local classified ads. If you want to use eBay, I have some advice.

    1) Don’t use “Buy it Now” — This is how the scammers get you, so just avoid it.

    2) Don’t set a reserve price — People will continue to bid on an item until a price is reached that is fair for both buyer and seller. Trust the market.

    3) Start the bidding at $0.99 — Again trust the market, it won’t let you down.

    4) Don’t be afraid to charge for your time and effort in the shipping and handling. This cost is more than just what UPS or FedEx charges to send the item. It’s what it costs you to package and get the item to the delivery people.

    I hope this is helpful. This is just amateur selling advice, so take it for what it is worth. I do believe that at the very least, you should avoid the “Buy it now” option, because this is how a scammer can ruin your day.

  10. Ted,

    I got the scam also and I happened to meet your listing criteria:
    No “Buy It Now”; No reverve; bidding start at $0.99 and S/H was $19.99, but…

    The buyer hided her ebay feedback and just registered on the day when auction ended.

    Here is her info:

    Binta Terry
    2204 Peyton Avenue
    Burbank, CA 91504
    United States
    (212) 009-9009

    binta_b2k (private)

    Member since Jul-17-07 in United States

    Feedback Score: -1
    Positive Feedback:

    Members who left a positive: 0
    Members who left a negative: 1

    All positive Feedback: 0

    Find out what these numbers mean

    Recent Feedback Ratings (last 12 months)

    1 month 6 months 12 months
    Positive 0 0 0
    Neutral 0 0 0
    Negative 1 1 1
    —————————–

    I have reported to Paypal and ebay.

    Here was the emails I got (2 from buyer, 1 from “Paypal”<-fake):

    1st:

    Message from Binta Terry on Wed, 18 Jul 2007 05:00:49 -0700 (PDT) —–
    To: crossed-out
    Subject: Payment has been made.
    Hello seller,
    This is to inform you that your payment has been made,i will like the item to be ship as soon as possible for the item to arrive before the Birthday ceremony,i will be waiting to hear about the shipment as soon as possible.
    Thanks for your business and time.
    Best Regards.

    ———————-

    2nd:

    Message from Binta Terry on Wed, 18 Jul 2007 00:48:22 -0700 (PDT) —–
    To: crossed-out
    Subject: Brand NEW T-Mobile Wing w/WM6 Smartphone w/ Case (200128523957)
    Hello Seller,
    I,m a Business woman from United state but on a contract in United kingdom, glad to have won your item. I will make sure that i issue out the payment immediatly today, i am purchasing this item for my Husband working with the British American Embassy In Nigeria (BAEN) abroad [africa] as a birthday present this is the type he want. I am willing to pay you $80 usd for the postage cost and $20 usd for insurance for Quick delivery before the her Birthday which is on the 27th 0f July, so i will be making the payment via paypal immediately, i want the item to be Posted via (USPS). I wish to hear from you as soon as you received the payment.
    Below is the Postage address:
    Ayodele M Sunday
    175, Ibadan Way
    New Bussa
    Kainji Dam
    Niger State
    Nigeria
    913003.
    Note: I will like you to write this short note on it package (HAPPYBIRTHDAY)
    Get back to me ASAP payment is immediately. Thanks

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    3rd:

    Message from “service@paypal.com” on Wed, 18 Jul 2007 06:51:29 -0500 —–
    To: crossed-out
    Subject: Payment ID Number 1WC73252PS255441T**Invoice Order (200128523957) Approved**

    Dear Ernie Hsieh,

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    Details of Transaction
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    Seller’s I.D: erniehsieh
    Seller’s Email: crossed-out
    Item’s tittle: Brand NEW T-Mobile Wing w/WM6 Smartphone w/ Case.
    Transaction Date: July 18, 2007
    Transaction ID: 1WC73252PS255441T
    Transaction Amount: $482.99 USD
    Case #: PP-091-962-222

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    What to Do Next
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    Important Notice : A payment has been made into your paypal account by (Binta Terry) for an eBay item (200128523957)
    This fund has been deducted from (binta_b2k@yahoo.com) and will be credited into your paypal account (crossed-out) as a pending fund, this money will only be reflecting into your PayPal account as soon as you provide us the postage proof for verification at our customercare at: paypalclientsfundagent@138mail.com.

    Name /Shipping Address
    Item Number
    Name Of Courier Service
    Tracking Number
    Date /Time Of Shipping.

    Shipping Address: Ayodele M Sunday
    175, Ibadan Way
    New Bussa
    Kainji Dam
    Niger State
    Nigeria
    913003.
    Address Confirmed .

  11. I got an email back from Paypal:

    07/19/2007 01:11 AM
    Please respond to

    Subject: Suspicious Email (KMM85739578V21913L0KM) :kf1

    Dear ,

    Thank you for bringing this suspicious email to our attention. We can
    confirm that the email you received was not sent to you by PayPal. The
    website linked to this email is not a registered URL authorized or used
    by PayPal. We are currently investigating this incident fully. Please do
    not enter any personal or financial information into this website.

    If you have surrendered any personal or financial information to this
    fraudulent website, you should immediately log into your PayPal account
    and change your password and secret question and answer information. Any
    compromised financial information should be reported to the appropriate
    parties.

    If you notice any unauthorized activity associated with your PayPal
    transaction history, please immediately report this to PayPal by
    following the instructions below:

    1. Go to https://www.paypal.com/

    2. Click on the Security Center at the bottom of the page

    3. Click on ‘Report a Problem’

    4. Select the Topic: Report Fraud

    5. Select the Subtopic: Unauthorized use of my PayPal Account

    6. Enter your question in the ‘Summarize your question in one
    sentence’ box

    7. Click Continue

    8. Follow the instructions to access the appropriate form

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  12. Wow! It has almost become impossible to use eBay. I wish eBay could be more proactive in fighting this fraud. It is nice that they work with you to confirm fraudulent emails and they will allow you to relist for free, but that doesn’t prevent another fraudulent “buyer” from messing up your next auction.

  13. i nearly fell for this one but my mum alerted me to scam in time.’buyer’offered me over odds for diamond ring for her son who had returned to his country.i have not got so far as to find out where this country is but iam taking no risks.good luck with the mercenery missions lol.

  14. I tried to sell my New Nokia n95 on ebay yesterday,

    i had an offer in an email for £550,
    which was surprising considering the phone is £500 to buy new.

    I was then asked to send the item to nigeria and that payment had been made and it was recieved by paypal who sent an email (Fake)

    i realised myself that paypal do not send emails like the one i received.

    i sent the buyer an email refusing to post with out payment.

    i have not heard back so i am going to relist the item,

  15. OH MY GOD

    I think the same thing has happened to me!

    I have put a laptop on ebay starting at £150, someone sent me a message offering £500 to send it to their “boss’ son” in Nigeria at this address

    Name : Salami Oladayo
    Address : 15a Mutairu Ijaiye
    City : Ijesha ,surulere
    State: Lagos
    Country: Nigeria
    Zip Code: 23401

    I was about to ship the laptop when I did a search in google and found this site. I can’t believe it, I am so so grateful though!! I received the same letter from paypal saying my account will be credited after I have sent the item due to security reasons. It looked so real!

  16. I just wanted to let everyone know that I was just scamed by someone using Paypal in this very same fashion. The twist was the shipping address was in New York but the rest played out the same with the “Pending Account” status. I lost a lot of money in this one so please don’t make the same mistake I did. I was new to eBay and to Paypal so I guess you can say that I had a bad experience.

  17. Had the same issue this week when I listen and Laptop on CRAIGSLIST of all places. He e-mailed me through their server, asked if I still had the item and asked me to pay through StormPay…..

    I told him I’d only use paypal, and that he shouldn’t send funds until I have fully tested the laptop and was ready to ship. Moron ‘sent the funds’ immediately, at which time I received an e-mail from ‘pascal berry’ informing me that I’ve been paid and should ship the item within 48 hours of receipt of the e-mail.

    The next e-mail informed me that payment had been suspended and would remain so until I sent a valid tracking number to their e-mail address.

    If it wasn’t for the poor grammar and Paypal’s voicemail server explaining that they will NEVER address you as anything but your full name as listed with Paypal, I would easily have been scammed because the guy had a pretty good story.

    Word of advice, go to your e-mail preferences and remove all signatures and anything else that includes your name in the e-mail. After you’ve done that be sure when corresponding with potential buyers that you NEVER release your full name, EVER. Paypal and Ebay are very good at making sure buyers and sellers can communicate shipping and billing information smoothly. Follow their guidelines and NEVER click links in a paypal e-mail that doesn’t have your full name in it. These are guaranteed to be fraudulent e-mails.

    Other tell tale signs are, as discussed above, poor grammer, strange shipping requirements, or inflated purchase prices.

    I’m sure these aren’t fail safe methods, so above all else use your common sense and never feel wierd about calling paypal and asking their advice.

    Remember if you’re going to use the internet to buy or sell you are ALWAYS compromising your security in some way. There is always an element of risk involved when you’re dealing electronically. Assess the risk factors and ask yourself if you’re willing to love a few hundred dollars, or even a laptop or two….that might be the price you pay.

    Hope this e-mail helps, thanks for the site guys it confirmed for me that this dude is seriously trouble.

    James ****

  18. Watch out for the address “363 Springfield Road, Chelmsford” It is being used by Nigerian Scammers on Ebay to make purchases.

  19. just recieved this this morning about my item but i figured it was a scan right away

    Dear Tara Miller,

    You have an Instant Payment of £260.00 GBP from Courtney Efaw (lovvver101@yahoo.com)
    Payment Details

    Purchased From: millertime-ds
    Transaction ID : 7G492635WE3368997

    Item Number Item Title Quantity Price Subtotal
    250225879058 lg viewty from millertime-ds 1 £260.00
    GBP
    £260.00
    GBP

    Shipping & Handling via First Class Royal Mail International Signed For :
    (includes any seller handling fees)
    £0.00 GBP
    Shipping Insurance (not offered): —-
    Total: £260.00
    GBP

    Delivery Information
    Address: Davies Jacob
    15a, Mutairu Ijaiye Street
    off ijesha Road
    Itire Surulere
    lagos
    Nigeria 23401.
    Address Status: Confirmed

    Important Note: This PayPal® payment has been deducted from the buyer’s account and has
    been “APPROVED”but will not be credited to your account until the shipment reference/tracking
    number is sent to us for verification so as to secure both the buyer and the seller.
    Below are the necessary information requested before your account will be credited.
    Send tracking number to us or email us through this mail referencenumbers@clerk.com and our customer care service will attend to you. As soon as you send us the shipment’s tracking number to us for security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller,the money will be credited to your account.
    **PLEASE NOTE**
    Once item has been shipped and the tracking number sent to us,
    You will receive a “CONFIRMATION EMAIL” from PayPal® Team informing you that the Fund has been credited
    Thank you for using PayPal!
    The PayPal Team
    Copyright © 1999-2008 PayPal. All rights reserved. PayPal (USA) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the United State of America as an electronic money institution. PayPal FSA Register Number: 226058.

    PayPal Email ID PP289

  20. Totally just got scammed this way :(. I feel incredibly, incredibly dumb … It just seemed completely soundproof. LIke people have said good stories. Oh well, you live and learn. It is good that people are out here talking about it. SURE makes you incredibly angry though.

  21. Thank you Scambusters (thought you should have a cool name) almost came a cropper of this scam, but thanks to the advise here avoided being another victim. You’d think the scammers would look on google to see if there scam was well known or not and maybe change it a bit, oh well. Thanks again

  22. hI, IM CURRENTLY TRYING TO SELL MY PS3 ,EVERYTIME I OPEN MY MAIL I HAVE SOMEONE WANTING TO BUY IT FROM THE UK BUT WANTING TO SEND IT TO NIGERIA FOR THERE COUSIN, SON, BROTHER, GAOT ETC ETC, IM GLAD I SAW THIS SITE BEFORE PARTING WITH MY PS3 …SO THANKS AND BE CAREFULL THERS LOADS OF THEM STILL TRYING TO SCAM US

  23. Has anyone ever thought …hmmm …nevermind, too expensive to mail, but I assume these people take the stuff and resell it in Africa. I would love to advertise …something like a 18kt white gold rolex with diamond inlay band and send them one of those .50 deals from Walmart.

    I got the scam too. Fortunately, I’m a Correctional Officer and suspicious by nature. 750 for a 25-50 dollar watch was WAAAAAAAY too much. But sites just like this one saved me too. I knew it was a scam ….man, I wanted to believe, but (sigh) I knew it.

    Peace

  24. The same John Tokunbo tried to get me to sell him my iPhone. He even tried to send me PayPal payment. I reported him to eBay. What a waste of my time.

  25. I am trying to sell an iPhone and an EBay member (with positive feedback) has sent me he following message:

    ———————————————————–

    Good day seller,

    i will like to buy this item and i can’t wait for the auction to end, i offer you £310, including the postage and packaging via Royal Mail Next Day delivery 9:00 am, to my address, i will like you to get back to me with your paypal email or send me a paymnet request to my email (ffk247@yahoo.com).

    this is address Info.

    Mary Adams
    16 Forge Park
    Oak Park,Tralee,Kerry
    Dublin.

    hope to read back from you.

    Mary.

    Good day seller,

    i will like to buy this item and i can’t wait for the auction to end, i offer you £310, including the postage and packaging via Royal Mail Next Day delivery 9:00 am, to my address, i will like you to get back to me with your paypal email or send me a paymnet request to my email (ffk247@yahoo.com).

    this is address Info.

    Mary Adams
    16 Forge Park
    Oak Park,Tralee,Kerry
    Dublin.

    hope to read back from you.

    Mary.

    ———————————————————–

    I was tempted at first as iPhone are selling for more than they offered, however the grammar is very poor and the email address they suppiled appears to have been used in other scams.

    I too hope they get what they deserve as this is only the second item I have tried to sell on EBay and unfortunatley I have had to relist both items due to scammers.

  26. I’d LOOOVE to send these scumbags a nice little smelly surprise in their ebay item package, but I don’t know if it can be done in a legal (or at least untraceable) manner.

  27. Thought I’d publish the name and address of someone who tried to scam me (I’m a suspicious fellow and smelled a rat pretty quickly). This is the fourth email I received begging me to “JUST SENT IT ALREADY”. It’s such a waste of time and some money (eBay listing fees), even if you don’t send them the item. Their email…

    Okay,
    I would want to inform you that i just sent funds into your PayPal account,a notification of payment,i guess must have been sent to your from PayPal,you can check your bulk mail for this….it goes in there sometimes

    I would be glad if the item can be mailed out as soon as possible today via USPS PRIORITY MAIL to the address specified in the payment notification.

    Below is a copy of the shipping address once again as i would want you to email me once you have the item mailed.

    Name:Tunde Ogunleye
    Address:# 6 Akarigbo Street
    State:Ogun
    City :Sagamu
    Country:Nigeria
    Zip Code:23403
    Tel No:+2348063864900

  28. I just got the same thing and want to post the address in case anyone else gets suspect on a purchase and looks into it as well. Someone named Veronica Lindsay wrote me to buy a camera for $600. “She” offered an additional $150 for shipping and when I received the notification from PayPal, I noticed “she” paid me a total $850- $100 over the actual price. Too good to be true? I think so. Thankfully I looked into it because I was selling my item on Craigslist, so I would have had no recourse had I sent it. The name and address of the scammer are as follows:

    Veronica Lindsay
    OKANLAWON ADEPOSI
    PLOT 4, PASEDA STREET,
    ADEEKO CLOSE, ODO ONA EWEWE,
    IBADAN, OYO STATE,
    23402, NIGERIA.
    +2348058350620

    The fake email from PayPal stated the following:
    You have an Instant Payment of $ 850.00 USD from
    Veronica Lindsay (veronicalindsay2@gmail.com)

    Payment Details

    Transaction ID: 5KN40511FK640701J

    Item Number Item Title Quantity Price Subtotal
    Not Specify
    HV-30 Camcorder 1
    $ 700.00 USD $ 850.00 USD

    Postage & Packing via Global Express International Mail(EMS):
    (includes any seller packing fees) $ 150.00
    Postage Insurance (not offered): —–
    Total: $ 850.00 USD

    Delivery Information
    Address:

    OKANLAWON ADEPOSI
    PLOT 4, PASEDA STREET,
    ADEEKO CLOSE ,
    ODO ONA EWEWE,
    IBADAN, OYO STATE,
    23402,
    NIGERIA.
    No: +2348058350620

    Address Status: Confirmed

    The payment made by ” Veronica Lindsay ” has been APPROVED but the funds can only be credited into your account immediately we confirm that you have ship the Item to the Buyers specified address.

    We therefore implore you to dispatch the item and provide the Customer Service section at helpdesk.info@consultant.com an evidence of (Postage Receipt or Tracking number and the Courier Service used), then you will be sent a URL that will link you into your account. This is to secure both the Buyer and the Seller. Sorry for any inconveniences.

    **PLEASE NOTE**
    Once the shipment is confirmed, your funds will become operational in your account and you will receive a ” CONFIRMATION “email from PayPal informing you that the Money has been credited.
    Thank you for using PayPal.
    The PayPal Team.
    Copyright © 1999-2008 PayPal. All rights reserved. PayPal (USA AND CANADA) Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the United States as an electronic money institution. PayPal FSA Register Number: 226056.

  29. Almost got scammed for my laptop via cragistlist / Paypal.
    The email used was the same as the user above me
    Veronicalindsay2@gmail.com
    I had recieved a payment of 1570.00 and paypal sent me a confirmation.
    Funny thing is they sent me a confirmation to my email adress i use for business, not the one i use for paypal. And paypal has no information that this email even exists. So how would they know to confirm a payment with a different email address other than the one used for my paypal account.
    Silly scammers, try again! 🙂

  30. hi everyone.

    i have also been almost sucked in, until i saw the address and everything mentioned here, smelt kinda fishy.

    however, i want to string these idiots along a bit, by sending them a fake trasaction number (just so they think they are clever. they have asked for a royal mail international signed for delivery, which has a 13 character number to track through (eg AA000100019GB). i think this GB will be something else for nigeria. if anyone knows how these codes work, can they post one here so i can get my own back a bit!

    thanks in advance

  31. I just got scammed by “Veronica Lindsay” so pissed off lost over $1500 I feel so dumb. I made the mistake of telling her via email that I had never done this, NEVER TELL THEM THAT!!!!!!!! It makes it too easy for them to scam you with the fake paypal. I really thought all the emails were legit. . . .I am bad speller, so didn’tcatch onto that one. . . . .I also got the same Reno NV adress. Can’t believe it. . . .I should have looked her up before hand!

    Another thing! I would have gotton scammed by the Nigeria thing. This guys story “I am at a mormon conference in London and my son is on a mission in Nigeria. So send it there please.” and it was in Lagos too!

    I have learned to trust no one with these things. . . . . If you lost maybe like $100 its not that bad. . . . .you still have that feeling of wow I am an indiot! But when you loose $1,500 you are pissed off! And get that feeling of never doing this again!

  32. I just got an email from this Veronica Lindsay lady ( email: veronicalindsay2@gmail.com) I am selling stuff on CL and she contacted me with the pay over paypal crap. Here is what i was sent

    “Thank you for your response. I am really serious in buying this. As for the payment, i will prefer paying you with PayPal as i always feel secured with paypal for online transactions .You will also do me a favor as a fellow American in helping me to ship the item to my apartment in Reno, Nevada. I can include $100 to the amount of this item for the shipment so i don’t think the shipping should be a problem. I prefer the FedEx standard overnight shipping method cos i need to get this item asap. Get back to me with your PayPal email so i can transfer the cash into your account now.”

    I just want to post this if it may help others out there not get screwed over by these people.

  33. I just got it too from trying to sell my iPhone via craigslist.

    Here’s the email I got, from what looked like Paypal. The name in the email looked said service@paypal.com but I looked and it was actually from help.infodesk@post.com

    Please note the poor grammar.

    Veronica Lindsay (veronicalindsay2@gmail.com),
    Payment Notification®

    Dear John Gordon,

    We have sent you your payment information. Once you send us the tracking number, we will release the funds into your account. You can now forward the shipment proof(reference/tracking number and attached scanned receipt), so that we can credit your account.

    We are very sorry for the inconveniences this may cause.
    Please bear with us, as this new measure is taken to secure our client’s interest against loss of item. Send shipment details to us through this e-mail (help.infodesk@post.com) and our Customer Service Team will input your information and release the funds into your account. As soon as you send us the shipment’s tracking number, for security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller, the money will be credited to your account.

    Note: Please reply this mail immediately you receive it .Failure to respond to this mail may leads to Limitation of your PayPal account .

    William Conger
    748 S. Meadows Parkway
    Suite A9-168 Reno
    NV 89521
    USA

    Address Status: Confirmed

    Thank you for using PayPal® .We look forward to serving your online payments needs again in the future.

    The PayPal Team.
    PayPal Email ID PP117

  34. ok i almost get scam by the nigeria thing, her userid is natasha bowyer. paypal sent me an email saying that i needed to send the tracking number in order to get the money. well i sent the itme and then i email the tracking number and never got the money so what i did is that i went to the post office and stopped the shippment processes and now my computer is coming back but i lost 70 dollars anyway, PLEASE DO NOT DEAL WITH THIS NIGERIA THING, AND REMENBER WHEN SOMEBODY WANTS TO GIVE YOU MORE MONEY THAN WHAT YOU ASKED FOR BE CAREFUL.

  35. veronicalindsay2 is at it still at large. I’m trying to see something on craigslist and just got this from veronicalindsay2@gmail.com ……

    Thank you for your response. I am really serious in buying this as i am ok with its specs on your ad. As for the payment, i will prefer paying you with PayPal as i always feel comfortable and secured with paypal for online transactions .You will also do me a favor as a fellow American in helping me to ship the item to my apartment in Carson City, Nevada. I can include $80 to the amount of this item for the shipment so i don’t think the shipping should be a problem. I prefer the FedEx standard overnight shipping method cos i need to get this item asap. Get back to me with your PayPal email so i can transfer the cash into your account now.

    Stay away from veronicalindsay2@gmail.com, far away … !

  36. Yep same here. Thank you guys for posting this information, I was suspicious when “Veronica” asked to do a paypal transaction for the full price of my laptop on Craigslist (since I thought it was a bit overpriced anyway, hehe) plus shipping. I had also specified in the add “Cash pick-up only”. I did a google search and this discussion came up, let’s hope others do the same search. I got the same email as the poster above, have replied back with all the fake addresses they have used in the past.

    Thanks again.

  37. Hey guys,

    This is hilarious: veronicalindsay2 showed up on my chat list in Gmail. I decided to have a little convo with “her”. I posted the text below. I apologize in advance for how juvenile this gets. The dude really got me angry and I just had to take some shots at him.

    Anyway, he still shows on my chat list and I still send him messages; he’s not smart enough to block me.

    me: Hey, you wanna buy an iPhone?
    12:04 PM veronicalindsay2: who is this please?
    me: Someone that you tried to rip off
    don’t you remember?
    12:05 PM veronicalindsay2: i dont rip anyone man
    your name please?
    me: you know my name
    veronicalindsay2: cant recollect
    me: you’re a criminal
    you tried to steal my iphone
    12:06 PM veronicalindsay2: i tried but i havnt
    everyone is a criminal man
    me: oh, that’s deep, man. really far out
    12:07 PM stop reading Nietzsche and get a real job
    12:08 PM veronicalindsay2: can you offer me a job
    me: yeah. you can suck my a–hole
    12:09 PM veronicalindsay2: cool….bring you damn f—ing a–hole to me man
    i’m gonna brak your balls
    me: brak?
    what is braking?
    veronicalindsay2: break
    12:10 PM me: ah, english as a second language
    veronicalindsay2: get the f— out of her man….i have stuffs to do
    12:11 PM me: no, I like bugging you
    not as much as I like f—ing your mother in the a–
    veronicalindsay2: ic
    me: she sucks a mean d—
    your mother loves to suck my d—
    veronicalindsay2: my mama is old…..i will f— your own wife
    12:12 PM and she will enjoy my d— and dump you
    me: well, that’s nice, since I don’t have a wife
    veronicalindsay2: i am gonna phone your wife for a hot sex
    me: go ahead
    veronicalindsay2: will kill her with my d—
    get lost loser
    me: she doesn’t exist

  38. Seriously I just sent my iPod Touch to them and lost 300 f***ing dollars. Fuck that Veronica Lindsay if only I knew. I was planning on using this money for my Winter Ball dance and now I’m screwed just a week before. If anybody finds anything about him/her email me please at ian_49@hotmail.com so I can sue and get some pay back for ruining my senior year.

  39. Veronica Lindsay is a free lady that knows nothing. Please stop ruining the name of this noble woman.
    Thanks

  40. Ok everyone, I posted this back in July of 2006 partially to vent my frustrations, and partially to help out anyone else in a similar situation. Hopefully I’ve accomplished this.

    I don’t know anything about the individuals that you are posting about. I have no desire to defame anyone. I also don’t appreciate the profanity in the comments.

    I believed this post has run its course, and so I am closing the comments 2 and a half years after the fact.

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