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Unfortunately, your equipment is gone for good. Even if you could track down the person who ultimately ended up possessing it (possibly in Nigeria, maybe not), it would be nearly impossible (99.99%) to force them to give it back.
What you CAN do, is learn the valuable (& costly) lesson you've been taught by these losers and never, ever get caught again.
Additionally, you can continue to help educate your fellow Internet users (like you did by posting your story).
Ebay knows about this fraud ring and does not take the minimum actions, such as elimiating the fraudulaent buyers from the membership rolls, or even giving new sellers information about spoofed emails from PayPal. This forum is the only place you can see the vast etent of this fraud ring. The FBI has many of our reports, but this is apparetnly not a big issue fort hem either. All we ever get is a useless form letter.
Ebay is apparetnly trying to coverthis up.
I'm so glad I checked this forum. You saved me an expensive iphone 6 and postage, possibly more. This Nigerian scammer 1st posed as a man in Chigago, named Craig Smith. I was to send it to his nephew in Florida who was going abroad in 2 days. When I agreed to all of it, I received the fake email from paypal saying that they received the money. After about an hour, he emailed me again, saying it was to be sent to an address is Nigeria.
Then I became suspicious and came to the forum. Thank the lord. Thank you all for sharing your stories, and I hope I can save someone else.
Thank God i saw this post on time! I was about to ship my phone to South Africa and good thing i have cynical family members who didnt believe that anyone would actually pay that much amoint of money through paypal just like that. Paypal email looks so genuine especially for those who are not Paypal experts.
It depends on how you shipped it to them. If it was by a shipping company and you have the tracking number, notify them to STOP the shipment immediately!