Ebay Scammer?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by moozxy, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. moozxy
    OP

    moozxy hamboning

    Member
    1,466
    3
    Jul 22, 2007
    I recently listed my sister's creative zen vision m for a stupid amount (100pounds) buy it now, thinking it wont sell but wanted to give it a go before lowering the price.
    I listed this last night and this morning when I check my email it says its been sold!
    Now I've recieved a confirmation email by this address service@ intlpaypal.co.uk saying I've recieved payment but before it is credited to me I have to send the shipment tracking code to them. Since it's been awhile since I've sold on ebay, I'm guessing it's a new procedure by EBay to try and stop scammers?
    Anyways up to this point I had no problem but then I looked at the amount he gave me for shipping, 40pounds! and checked the delivery address, and it was somewhere in Nigeria..

    Also he sent me this email:
    Hello,I have made the payment for the item with
    additonal money for shipping via royalmail specail
    delivery to my wife.She travel to africa for a
    programme(ministering)at sinagogue church of all
    nation.I will like the item to be delivered to her.I
    want you send the item out this morining as soon as
    you recieved payment confirmation.Its very urgent,Pls
    you can ring me on this number PHONENUMBER so as for
    me to confirm the postage get back asap.
    Meanwhile,this is the name and address of where he
    stays in africa,
    ADDRESS
    thanks alot Godbless you and your family

    It kinda reminded me of those spam emails you get...
    So what do you think guys? Am I just overreacting?

    I'm off to school now but I'll check this thread once I get back and decide whether to post or not when I get back.

    Thanks!
     
  2. .::5pYd3r::.

    .::5pYd3r::. Viva La Pizza

    Member
    766
    1
    Jun 2, 2007
    The GREAT Southern Land :D
    it seems a bit dodgy
     
  3. jimmy j

    jimmy j Awesome for hire.

    Member
    894
    0
    Apr 22, 2007
    the congo
    Scam. Report it to ebay.
     
  4. moozxy
    OP

    moozxy hamboning

    Member
    1,466
    3
    Jul 22, 2007
    Serious?
    I thought it was too good to be true..
    What about it is obvious? I just thought it was dodgy cos of the email and delivery address.. but maybe if paypal has received verified payment?
     
  5. slayerspud

    slayerspud GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    387
    0
    May 20, 2006
    100% Scam.
     
  6. moozxy
    OP

    moozxy hamboning

    Member
    1,466
    3
    Jul 22, 2007
    Ok I'm leaving now, thanks for the fast replys but could you say why you are so sure its a scam? It's not that I doubt you, I did post here thinnking it smelled a little fishy.
     
  7. jimmy j

    jimmy j Awesome for hire.

    Member
    894
    0
    Apr 22, 2007
    the congo
  8. jimmy j

    jimmy j Awesome for hire.

    Member
    894
    0
    Apr 22, 2007
    the congo
    How they do it:

    1. Go here and buy intlpaypal.co.uk domain for $15.

    2. Win an item on ebay (do not pay!)

    3. Send the seller a fake payment confirmation email using the @intlpaypal.co.uk suffix (the address will be enough to scam some people)

    4. Send a seperate, personal email and try to gain the target's trust (oooh, I'm an honest, religious person! Ooooh, extra munnies! Ooh, God bless!). Also try to rush them so they don't have time to think about what they are doing (Send tomorrow! Ooooh, it's urgent!).

    5. Recieve item through the mail

    6. Laugh and repeat with new target



    Anyone can do the same thing. Just go to and create an address like www.paypalsafe.com.
     
  9. 2cb2ct7

    2cb2ct7 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    574
    0
    Jan 5, 2007
    I'm also curious about these Nigerian scammers... Anyone who sells anything on the internet in Australia has heard about Nigerian scams... But how do they work exactly? It seems like they are buying things (payment prob not legit?) then requesting postage to Nigeria. How does the scam work?
     
  10. moozxy
    OP

    moozxy hamboning

    Member
    1,466
    3
    Jul 22, 2007
    Oh! Thanks so much for the info jimmy j!
    Good thing I asked here first [​IMG]

    Thanks for saving me lol

    Edit:
    The person probably won't use this email and account again but..
    Just in case
    This is the seller : spet5708
    And his email: samsampeter45@yahoo.co.uk
     
  11. Psyfira

    Psyfira Credit: 0ml. Insert tea to continue

    Member
    3,887
    15
    Dec 31, 2003
    England
    Nice save [​IMG]

    Still report it to Ebay, they're probably aware of these kinds of frauds already but the more info they have the more chance they have of clamping down on people like this in the future, or rasing awareness amongst sellers of the exact tricks they use. That confirmation email thing is just nasty!
     
  12. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    Member
    4,888
    37
    May 14, 2006
    United States
    'No longer a registered user'
     
  13. pkprostudio

    pkprostudio No

    Member
    1,097
    1
    Aug 3, 2007
    United States
    San Antonio, Texas
    Also, member since Oct. 1. He's probably creating a new account as we speak right now.
     
  14. El-ahrairah

    El-ahrairah GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    365
    1
    Jul 20, 2007
    United States
    This kind of Ebay fraud is so popular that at my bank there is a permanent sign (not paper) that warns about this kind of crap.
     
  15. moozxy
    OP

    moozxy hamboning

    Member
    1,466
    3
    Jul 22, 2007
    Hm.. first time I've heard of that.. And it was my first encounter with a real Nigerian Scammer yaaay [​IMG]
    On the uk ebay's counterfeit page it really only has info on counterfeit items, rather than buyers..
    Anyway I've reported it as the unpaid item dispute, couldn't find anything to actually report the guy..

    Thanks again for your help [​IMG]
     
  16. xenon

    xenon GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    153
    0
    May 19, 2006
    Italy
    The scammer, as a buyer, sends a fake payment receipt and notification. In this case, it says funds will only be transfered after the shipment, so if the seller becomes suspicious and checks his PayPal account, he knows why the money isn't there yet. Once the seller ships, the buyer disappears and obviously no money ever changes hands.
     
  17. Maktub

    Maktub GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    832
    0
    Nov 4, 2006
    Málaga
    Also, apart from the proof I'd trust most on (jimmy's), just compare his attempt to approach the religious-formal register of speech plus it's seemingly unintentional lack of good grammar, and then take a look at the abbreviations... things like "pls", "asap" denote that he's used to the internet and the English collocquial language spoken on it. It just doesn't fit and resembles a h4x0r pretending to be a nice guy.
     
  18. pikachucrackpipe

    pikachucrackpipe President

    Member
    2,189
    0
    Sep 6, 2003
    United States
    USA
    i like the emails that are like:

    best of days to you in the morning where i am located. very good day for all. how are you doing? my long lost cousin alfredfagehe is being held under the control of the south african army for reasons of breaking foreign rulez. please consider sending me release money as i will give you my 14 year old english speaking, british daughter for sex slavery,

    cheers. tyronish
     
  19. martin88

    martin88 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    990
    1
    Dec 18, 2005
    Canada
    Easy, just don't ship anything until you see money in your paypal account, no matter what the seller says.
     
  20. adgloride

    adgloride Its A Wii Wario

    Member
    2,261
    2
    Apr 2, 2003
    I don't know why they just don't block the IPs from places like Nigeria. They'd have to use proxies but it would stop the n00bies from doing this. I have my ebay set up so it won't let anyone with less than 5 feedback bid, or anyone that doesn't have a paypal account. It gets rid of most of the scammers.