Ebay advice needed please

Hello,
I was wondering whether somebody can help me.

I sold a phone on ebay, however the winning bidder has requested that the item be shipped to Nigeria. Their address is paypal verified, however I am very concerned about this and have a feeling that this is a scam.
Can somebody please advice me on this one.
Thanks in advance

13 Comments

no no no no no, my brother did IDENTICAL to you, sold phone, shipped it abroad -south africa- never got the money, never got any help from paypal, absolutely no!

Have they paid you?

its a scam don't send any thing to nigeria.

Original Poster

Great. Glad I asked before shipping. It was quite strange really, as ebay sent me an email advicing me that the buyer was not genuine - then they sent a further two emails telling me that this was a technically error and to continue with the purchase.
I sold the phone for £30 and realised that the buyer was from abroad. Did not reply to them, as the address that was on the original winning bid was in America. I then received a confirmation from paypal saying that they have paid £60 in my account - double the amount. Strange, that the new confirmed address was in Nigeria.
Now the problem is getting the money back over to them - that is if I have really got it.
Thanks.

garyagh;1618206

Have they paid you?



I agree with everyone else, it is a scam. Don't be fooled by fake paypal payments , and remember if monies are paid to you that turn out to be stolen you will not be reinbursed.:thumbsup:

Could be a genuine bidder if he has a verified paypal address however I would say very unlikeley. I would not deal with anyone outside of the UK and Ireland and I make that very clear on my sales.

Shelby25;1618223

Great. Glad I asked before shipping. It was quite strange really, as … Great. Glad I asked before shipping. It was quite strange really, as ebay sent me an email advicing me that the buyer was not genuine - then they sent a further two emails telling me that this was a technically error and to continue with the purchase.I sold the phone for £30 and realised that the buyer was from abroad. Did not reply to them, as the address that was on the original winning bid was in America. I then received a confirmation from paypal saying that they have paid £60 in my account - double the amount. Strange, that the new confirmed address was in Nigeria.Now the problem is getting the money back over to them - that is if I have really got it.Thanks.



Whatever you do, do not follow the links on any of these e-mails. Log into eBay/PayPal account via the website itself. If you have already logged in via the links in these e-mails, then lo into your accounts, check that everything is ok, and change your password ASAP.

As others have pointed out, this is a scam, and it is also likely that the e-mails you received contained phishing links.

Start a non paying bidder dispute on eBay, chosing the option that says something to the effect that the seller wanted the item shipped to a destination tat you do not ship to. Then report them to eBay.

Then relist the item, but make sure that your eBay options are set up to only allow bidders from the UK.

Original Poster

Ok, after the advice I decided to check my paypal account. The £60 that I received an email for, was not in my account. Really clever how they can intercept these things and make you believe that they are genuine.
Thanks again everyone for your help.

Original Poster

nightswimmer;1618299

Whatever you do, do not follow the links on any of these e-mails. Log … Whatever you do, do not follow the links on any of these e-mails. Log into eBay/PayPal account via the website itself. If you have already logged in via the links in these e-mails, then lo into your accounts, check that everything is ok, and change your password ASAP.As others have pointed out, this is a scam, and it is also likely that the e-mails you received contained phishing links.Start a non paying bidder dispute on eBay, chosing the option that says something to the effect that the seller wanted the item shipped to a destination tat you do not ship to. Then report them to eBay.Then relist the item, but make sure that your eBay options are set up to only allow bidders from the UK.



Thanks for this. Will get onto it now.
Thanks guys

Hope everything goes well, remember not to click any links on any emails

PLEASE NEVER ENTER ANY PERSONAL/LOGIN DETAILS AFTER FOLLOWING A LINK FROM A E-MAIL

Hope you didn't and all is good these are a organized group called "911" scammers. Steer well clear and well done for sensing all was not well and seeking advice

Excellent advice, repped :thumbsup:
Just a little further info for your own safety OP.

If you did click on any of the links in the emails you received you WILL need to take some further action to make sure you are safe.
Run a virus scanner
Run a spyware programme (adware or spybot)

If on running these utilities you get warnings etc you will need to deal with them or seek further help.

If these turn up nothing then change ANY vulnerable passwords you have. i.e. ebay, paypal, banking, etc etc.

The reason for not changing your passwords immediately is because if by chance a keylogger has been installed on your PC/Laptop this may well have already fed through the new password.
This is the worse case scenario so don't panic. It's just better be safe than sorry


nightswimmer;1618299

Whatever you do, do not follow the links on any of these e-mails. Log … Whatever you do, do not follow the links on any of these e-mails. Log into eBay/PayPal account via the website itself. If you have already logged in via the links in these e-mails, then lo into your accounts, check that everything is ok, and change your password ASAP.As others have pointed out, this is a scam, and it is also likely that the e-mails you received contained phishing links.Start a non paying bidder dispute on eBay, chosing the option that says something to the effect that the seller wanted the item shipped to a destination tat you do not ship to. Then report them to eBay.Then relist the item, but make sure that your eBay options are set up to only allow bidders from the UK.

Avoid scam Ebayers. Go into my ebay and select preferences. Then set buyer requirements . Here you can block buyers for example no or negative feedback, buyers abroad, buyers new to ebay etc. Hope this helps as it makes it more difficult for scamers.
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