View Full Version : Ebay Scam Be Careful!!!

10-11-2006, 09:34 AM
This New Scam I have mentioned before but it has been done again a few days ago.
Just want to make sure everyone stays clear of this and do not fall for it!!!

I listed an item on Ebay, a Bidder bought it at the Buy it Now Price. Then a day later they are no longer a Registered Member. They then emailed me directly asking if they can send me a payment over the amount of the item and if I can send them back the difference to Africa.

This is the second time this has happend in 3 weeks, so becareful. Everything looks legit but it isn't.

This was the email I got!!!

I agreed to pay the amount you want as buy it now any additional money for the shipping and handling. Here will go i am using this opportunity to inform you that the amount that will be on the moneyorder will more than your item fees.I don"t realy know the exact amount that will be.Because it will be issue by my client.and the reason of the over payment is that.the amount on the moneyorder has been signed already.And it is more than your item fees.so once you receive it.you must deductyour item fees and westernunion the balance money to my client manager in africa.the item is going to africa also the shipping and westernunion address will come with the payment.
There will be no problem about the shipment.I want you to responsible for it.also make sure you deduct ur item fees and westernunion any aditional money on the m/o once you receive it.and email me ur phone# asap today.
Below are the questions i have for you.

1)is the item in good condition?

2)is any westernunion location where you can send the balance money arround you?

3)can you make sure you get the m/o cash at your bank the sameday you receive it?

4)can you allow me to send DHL for the pick up and complete the transaction the day you receive the

If yes too all my questions.kindly email me back your full name, address and mobile# asap today


10-11-2006, 12:09 PM
See, that just goes to show you that you can't trust a businessman from Africa.

Thanks for the head's up. I haven't had that happen to me. The colest I've had is someone from Japan buying an item when I don't ship there.

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10-11-2006, 01:24 PM
Looks like we got ourselves a 4-1-9
Roger-10-4-over and out.

10-11-2006, 01:37 PM
You guys are hysterical lol lol:D

10-11-2006, 01:40 PM
I got one th other day is stated that I could be a Bronze Power Seller. :eek:

10-11-2006, 02:46 PM
It's the Nigerian scam. One of the largest in the world. I have one of the money orders sent from a transaction. Seemed a bit odd to get a $5,000 money order for a $450 item. I called the bank to see if it's authentic. And guess what....the bank doesn't issue money orders. The amazing thing is the money order looks real. It even has a water mark! You can always call the bank to verify the money order.

Good luck with future sales.


10-12-2006, 06:17 PM
Here is a e-mail that I got from E-Bay on protecting yourself from spoof e-mails:

Never pay with Western Union or Money Gram. eBay strongly encourages its members to avoid using instant cash wire transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. It's against eBay's Safe Payments Policy for a seller to request payment via these methods as they've proven to be unsafe when paying someone the buyer doesn't know.

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