Friday, December 4, 2009

Nigeria scam variant

I will hold off posting more random images for today to tell an interesting eBay story.

Our daughter Helen was given an 8GB iTouch. She wanted a 32GB model and decided to see if she could sell it on eBay. It originally cost A$246 and she advertised it at a 'Buy Now' price of the same amount. She received am offer to buy from a woman in the US, who supplied an email and postal address. Once Helen was to advise her of her PayPal details she would transfer the funds Helen would post the iTouch and deal done.

This morning she received an email from this 'woman' saying that for an extra $150, could she post it directly to her brother in Nigeria as a Xmas present?

Nigeria?? The home of all scams! We will follow this one through to see how the 'buyer' contrives to scam Helen.

1 comment:

fremantlebiz said...

Noooooo! Sounds very risky. That's not the way the system is supposed to work. Paypal should be set up on eBay before you list items. Then the payment process is smooth and safe. I would be cancelling and advising the eBay people. They constantly warn to be alert for offers of payment transactions outside the system. The offer of an extra $150 will be bait for the gullible.