Scam Alert – eBay – PLEASE READ

by Damian on March 16, 2011 · 10 comments

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I am sure at some point you have come across some sort of email scam. Probably the most common one I have come across is an email about some incredibly wealthy member of Royalty who drove off a cliff to a death (a favorite place for this to happen is Nigeria or some other obscure place). They either have no next of kin or lo and behold you happen to be the last living relative. Your assistance is needed in order to get the funds trapped in the trust out. Obviously it sounds too good to be true, and ultimately the con is to get you to wire the individual money in order to assist in the process (and of course once you send the money you never hear from the person again). The email scams are always written in a questionable form of English and from reading around many of the scams originate at Internet Cafes in Africa (I guess what else is there to do in an Internet Cafe!). You may ask yourself who would be stupid enough to fall for such a scam, but unfortunately people do, and for the scam artist realistically they only need to lure a very low percentage of the people they email to make it worth while.

So why bring this up now since this scam is old news. Well, a fellow tech geek (let’s call him Drago) and I were discussing the iPad 2. He had purchased a few iPad 2s today that he was selling on eBay. One of the iPad 2′s he auctioned off was almost instantaneously snatched up after being placed online. This is where it gets interesting. The buyer immediately sent the following message:

Hello Seller, My name is Frank Kelly from PA but presently in France for a business trip, i saw your item on eBay so i was intrested to buy it for my older son who works for Chevron Oil company in Lagos Nigeria, so i would love you to send me a PayPal Money Request or Kindly send me Your PayPal email address so i can make out all the necessary payment, and don’t forget to calculate all the shipping cost to Nigeria, am willing to pay any amount for the shipping Here is my email frank.kelly66@y
I would like to have the item shipped to the address below:frank kelly26 oba akinjobi steikeja, lagos 23401 Nigeria

As you can see there are the typical trademarks of a scam, broken English, an obscure story, and of course Nigeria. You may be asking yourself, where is the scam. Well, it appears that after you calculate the final value (shipping costs) and notify the buyer, you then get what appears to be an email containing a link to a site which looks awfully close to PayPal. You log in (which first allows the scam artist to steal your information) and it appears that your PayPal account has been credited with the funds from the buyer. The hope is that once you see the funds you will immediately ship off the iPad. Of course no funds have actually been paid into your Paypal account, so not only have you just had your information stolen but you have now just sent an iPad that you received no funds for. I don’t know how many, if any, unsuspecting eBay victims have fallen for this. Interestingly enough I just did a quick scan of iPad 2 auctions on eBay and sure enough for many actions that are close to ending all of a sudden buyers who appear to have just joined eBay moments before are placing bids. The iPad 2 is the perfect bait because it is the in demand product right now. Many people bought the iPad 2 knowing there would be a shortage, so they are highly motivated to flip it for a profit (especially since they now have a nice charge sitting on their credit card) and more likely to throw caution to the wind. eBay has seller protection but there is a good chance this won’t apply in this instance. Looking at eBay, part of the Protection Policy is that you ship to a verified address. Obviously the scam artists’ address will not be verified (part of the reason why the scam artist tries to urge the seller to ship out the iPad ASAP) so most likely this means you will be SOL. Please pass this information along. Hopefully eBay is aware of the situation as well and warning members. Fortunately for Drago he realized it was a scam immediately and notified eBay.





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Hi, my name is Damian, and I'm tech gadget addict! Although I always had some interest in technology, it wasn't until I got my EX470 and more importantly found Mediasmartserver.net, that my interest became an addiction. My goal, aside from world domination and to see the Mets/Broncos win another championship, is to set up the perfect digital home where all my media is available at the click of a button. When I am not writing for Mediasmartserver.net you can find me over at my blog at http://www.adigitalhomeblog.com or follow me on twitter


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Kenny March 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Damian,

I got the same email with the same message. I posted my ads in craiglist, and soon I got the email stating that he is going to pay $200 more than the price I posted. He also asked my paypal email address so that he can transfer the money to me ASAP. The motif is the same. So please for other be careful when selling online. So many Nigerian bastard tried to steal our money.

Damian March 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Crazy. I guess they figure by throwing extra cash at the seller greed will overtake common sense

Damon March 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm

You should see what this guy did to an eBay scammer:

http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/

Kenny March 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Damon,

That’s a really great article. That”s a really good lesson for those bastards.

Damian March 17, 2011 at 3:48 am

That is awesome.

Funny enough last month I sold my Xbox360 on eBay. The person who won the bid just signed up that day. What was strange is that I never received payment, but also never heard from the buyer, so I am not sure what the motive was behind it, whether it was meant to be a scam or someone just signed up for the auction but backed out

Coop March 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

This is a good reason to get a PayPal Security Key. I’ve had one since they came out with it and it works well. It adds a second layer of defense in that after you log in you use the device to generate a code and have to input this number to continue logging in. Whit out the key no one can access my account.

https://www.paypal.com/securitykey

Anthony Toste March 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm

1st: Rule do not truth any one from North Africa, Africa, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, Pacific Islands and some Europe State there nothing but bunch con/scam artist.
2nd: Rule never ever click on any PayPal and eBay link inside your Email Client or Web Page Email always start your web brower then go to PayPal and eBay manual and you should disable html support in your Email Client read it in plain 100% text that just one of min reason why you should used a Real Email Client and not dran Web Page Email.
3rd: Rule if he or she new to eBay with no Feedback make them wait in fact make it at lease 7/10 days on any Payment status before you transfer the funds to your bank acct then ship the what ever it is they won.
Damian face it you got punk on ebay and it good thing you realized it was a scam.

Damian March 18, 2011 at 7:07 am

Anthony,

You do realize this story wasn’t about me? Drago was not some sort of code name for myself, but actually was another person that I talk to regularly, so not sure where I got punked??? Not even sure where this person got punked, they auctioned an item, a spammer tried to buy it and it got reported to eBay right way…

ebayer August 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Ebay seller, ninjagamingstudios is a scam artist. He only sells high-end electronics and never ships them out. He’s not that smart if he thinks he can get away with it since paypal hold the funds for 30 days. Multiple buyers mention that he tried to pull a fast one, but the joke is on him.

STAY CLEAR OF ninjagamingstudios.

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