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Nigerian scam? ebay question..

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Hi, i thought I would post my problem on here as you guys seem to be very in the know about all types of ebay things. My bfs sister was selling a ring on ebay. Ended with BIN at £1000. Email from the… Read More
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1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
Hi, i thought I would post my problem on here as you guys seem to be very in the know about all types of ebay things.

My bfs sister was selling a ring on ebay. Ended with BIN at £1000. Email from the buyer saying that the ring (an engagement ring!) was for her sister and she needed it to be mailed out to nigeria. Now I told my bf that this has to be a scam seeing as it ended with BIN at £1000 but bids started at £750, plus the fact that everyone knows not to deal with anything in Nigeria.

His sister (not very on-the-ball) thinks its ok and if she has the money in her paypal then everything will be fine. - what happens if this women pays via paypal? still dodgy?

Thanks for your advice :)
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1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
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I would not accept ANY bidders that request postage to Nigeria.
Especially if it is required to be sent to a third party. It has SCAM! written all over it.
She won't pay by Paypal. End of. She will say that she will pay once she receives a postal tracking number. Anyone who sends an item off BEFORE payment deserves all they get in my book.
I would report the sale as a potential scam with eBay, and get the fees refunded and the sale voided.
#3
What if the ring is posted 'after' receiving the full payment via paypal ?
#4
edi
What if the ring is posted 'after' receiving the full payment via paypal ?



yes I am interested to know about this!


and thanks for the advice so far people :)
#5
Have a look at this post/thread on the ebays community board:-
http://forums.ebay.co.uk/thread.jspa?threadID=1200099555&tstart=0&mod=1177014050730
It explains how this scam works and what to do.
#6
edi
What if the ring is posted 'after' receiving the full payment via paypal ?

They don't pay via Paypal.
#7
dinosteveus
Have a look at this post/thread on the ebays community board:-
http://forums.ebay.co.uk/thread.jspa?threadID=1200099555&tstart=0&mod=1177014050730
It explains how this scam works and what to do.



Ahh i see, great link. Thank you very much I will let her know :)
#8
They offer western union money order as payment. Never Paypal.
#9
7stone4
Ahh i see, great link. Thank you very much I will let her know :)

You are welcome and thanks for checking. I know these scam have cost a lot of people a great deal of money. You have saved your BF's Sister a lot of grief.:thumbsup:
#10
As per your link dino, receiving money via Paypal isnt 100% safe as well, in case the buyer funds via fake credit card.
#11
Even if they do pay with paypal, they usually pay with with a stolen credit card. You get the funds, thinking all is OK, so you send the item. A few days later the credit card owner's bank makes a chargeback. Paypal doesn't give a **** and just takes the money back from your account (since you've posted to a country they don't like, so they don't offer protection for).

Whatever way you get the payment, I can guarantee you'll be taken it back. It's a 100% scam.
#12
If a seller says they have paid by Paypal, the easiest thing is to log into your paypal acct (NOT via the link in the email) and check that the funds are deffo in there.
A spoof mail can't physically spoof the payment can it?
#13
My son's friend sold a PSP to someone from Nigeria and he sent the item off after receiving confirmation e-mails from Paypal, except the e-mails were all fake and he never got his money. My advice; Log into your Paypal account (always type the address of Paypal, NEVER follow a link) and confirm the money is there before sending ANY item to ANYBODY. Always check a persons feedback to get an idea of their 'Previous' and if youre in any doubt, go with your gut feelings and back away. Personally, I wouldn't deal with anyone from Nigeria, they are mostly crooks or students, and the students are studying to be crooks!
#14
As the excellent advice in the thread says, Avoid anything to do with Nigeria!

You'll need to contact Ebay and explain, otherwise you'll be hit with a very big final fee to!

Ebay should refund the fee, If Your BF's sister is going to relist, Don't do a BIN again, The same thing will probably happen.
#15
A nice scambaiting website :)

http://www.419eater.com/
#16
The mother of all scambaiting websites, enjoy!! One for the grownups http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/
#18

I read that ealier, that was a great result. :thumbsup:
#19
A little update on this. The women has emailed my bfs sister and said she has sent the paypal money and his sister must send the ring today lol. I think she is in the process of informing ebay at the moment.
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7stone4
A little update on this. The women has emailed my bfs sister and said she has sent the paypal money and his sister must send the ring today lol. I think she is in the process of informing ebay at the moment.

Good luck, at least you know it's a scam.:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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