Nigeria Scam[ Edited ]
05-22-2012 09:45 PM - last edited on 05-28-2012 09:17 AM by PayPal_Frank
This is the email i got from an ebay user looking to by something from me
I am a marine officer working for the US and currently on see
right now, i have just make the payment through pay pal to your
pay pal email address and i think by now you suppose to have
received the payment confirmation to your pay pal email
address.Once you have received the payment confirmation pack the
item and make the shipment out to my son delivery address below:
Make the shipment through USPS Register Mail and send the
shipment tracking number to pay pal for verification and also
get back to me with the shipment tracking number as soon as
Get back to me as soon as possible.
Definitely a scam even though i recieved multiple emails claiming to be from paypal that looked pretty legit. Just a heads up to all paypal users out there
Re: Nigeria Scam
05-26-2012 05:00 AM
I think I am being scammed in much the same way...also Nigeria ...different person and address but the message is the same... they want me to ship the item, then tell Pay Pal my shipping tracking number and then the funds will be released..don't think it works that way?? Trying to get a real person to answer the phone at Pay Pal is next to impossible so I am reaching out to the community for help. Is what they are saying true?? I have never shipped out of the US before?
Re: Nigeria Scam[ Edited ]
06-12-2012 11:13 AM - last edited on 06-12-2012 11:21 AM by PayPal_Frank
I almost fell for this! But something in my GUT said "don't do it"! I called PayPal, got a real person and they told me it is a SCAM! I then found this thread and to my surprise, the e-mail I received has the same name as the one your referencing!
Here is the e-mail I received - BEWARE!!!
Dear David xxxz,
You have an Instant Payment of $250.00 USD from mark xxxxx. Please note that it may take a little while for this Transaction to appear in the Recent Activity list on your Account Overview.
Note from merchant:
i have just sent you the payment for the Goods the postage to my cousin,please quickly post it out to my cousin and let me know the tracking number
Purchased From :David xxxxx
Transaction ID : 3W492637HE3368307
Shipping & Handling via USPS Express Delivery to 23401:
Shipping Insurance (offered):
Important Note: This PayPal® payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has
been "APPROVED"but will not be credited to your account until the shipment reference/tracking
number is sent to us for verification so as to secure both the buyer and the seller.
Below are the necessary information requested before your account will be credited.
Send tracking number to us or email us through this mail xxxx and our customer care service will attend to you. As soon as you send us the shipment's tracking number to us for security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller,the money will be credited to your account.
Once item has been shipped and the tracking number sent to us,
You will receive a "CONFIRMATION EMAIL" from PayPal® Team informing you that the Fund has been credited
Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team
Copyright © 2012 PayPal, Inc. All rights reserved. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131.\ PayPal Email ID PP1557
Re: Nigeria Scam
11-04-2013 09:02 AM
Okay, I have the exact same situation. Fortunately I didn't send item yet (got tracking # from local PO and sent to buyer) and now waiting to see if funds will be released to me ($400). I am VERY tempted to just cancel the transaction (how do I do that?) and relist my item (iPhone) on ebay. First time on CL and very uncomfortable w/this transaction. Please help.
Is this a scam?
05-24-2012 03:10 AM
I have had contact from someone interested in an item I am selling. Their last email, however, has raised my suspicians. Here's what he said:
Re: Is this a scam?
05-24-2012 10:52 AM
I received a very similar sounding e-mail in reply to an item I'm selling on Craigs List....can you share the buyer's fist name? It is rather unique... I'm not comfortable with the offer either...
Re: Is this a scam?
05-24-2012 12:52 PM
Mine came from a "Bent", but after some research, this is a scam. I just copied and pasted his whole message into a Google search and found several articles where the very same language had been used in various scams on Craigs List....an attempt to steal account info, apparently. Good luck!