|PSA: New eBay scam attacks sellers|
Message #1 Posted by Mike on 23 May 2005, 7:34 p.m.
I know some (many) of you sell on ebay. There is a new SCAM that I thought you might want to be aware of. The scam is a twist on the NIGERIA scam. Actually it's not the same but still has the Africa connection.
The scammers target high dollar ebay items, with "buy-it-now". They will buy it and ask for immediate shipment to Africa. I have had 3 people try this today already.
They always come from international bidders, always have the item to be shipped to a relative in Africa, on the pretense that it is a birthday or school project, and want FedEx or DHL shipping. Likely as not, they are using a phoney credit card for the purchase.
The real problem here is that anyone that sells with "buy-it-now" has to go through the hassle of trying to get fees reimbursed from these non-paying bidders (SCAMMERS).
Here is the one that bought one of my items today
How are you and your familly, My name is Anita Bush. I want to make an immediate purchase of this item to my fiancee in Africa for his birthday coming up soonest since i will not be able to be present there so i want to know if i can make the payment via PAYPAL so let me have ur paypal address including the total amount of the item and shipping cost to Africa via FEDEX, So that i can make the payment. let me know if i should go ahead with the payment. Here is the shipping information of my fiancee in Africa.
NAME... MARIAM ADEYEMI
ADDRESS..45 DADA STREET IFAKO IJAIYE
i will be expecting your reply asap
I have had just today
Two urgent birthday gifts needing to be sent to Africa
Two urgent computers needed for a student project in Africa
It appears they are targeting $1000+ items. None of my lesser priced items have been attacked.
I guess you'd have to be brain-dead to fall for this but this "buy-it-now" attacking is a real pain in the...
Edited: 23 May 2005, 7:40 p.m.