Monday, August 25, 2008

My very own Nigerian scam attempt

You get five gold points for every red flag you find.

It starts with a simple posting on Craigslist. I won a Zune at work and would like to sell it.


Wednesday morning, I got a biter:

Jennygray80@gmail.com: Hello, Is this item still up for sale???.

Me: It is indeed. Would you like to pick it up in gunbarell today?
Eric
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One minute later I received a blank reply. Kind of odd.

Then, 32 minutes later, a real reply. I'll precede the rest of this correspondence with [sic], so I only have to write it once:

Jennygray80@gmail.com: Then a real reply: Thanks allot for the reply........actually i supposed to come and check the item out but im out of states right now so i wont be able to come over but i will pay $250 for the item and please note that am shipping the item to an overseas partner so i will include $150 shipping fee,i will arrange for the payment of the item via paypal,it is very secure and fast mode of making an online payment or transfer,to proceed with
the transaction asap send me your paypal email address so that i can proceed with the payment of the item.
Thank you very much hope to hear from you soon

Me: Where do you need me to ship the item exactly? I will ship the zune only when I see that you have posted sufficient funds in my PayPal account to cover the Zune and shippng.

My PayPal email address is ericsforsyth@gmail.com.
thanks,
eric

Jennygray80@gmail.com: Thanks for the mail,by the time i send $400 to your account i am sure it will be enough for you to ship the item via USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTL,here is the shipping info

Name:Adedipo Sola
Address;block 11,academy road
City:Ibadan
State:Oyo state
Country:Nigeria
23402

i will email you once i have sent payment.
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Within 45 minutes I received the following email from "PayPal." Click on the screen shot to read it.





Sure enough, "Jenny" was right on the ball, back in my inbox within minutes:

Jennygray80@gmail.com: Hello
I just wish to notify you that i have sent payment from my PayPal account
(mounlade@hotmail.com) into your PayPal account (ericsforsyth@gmail.com) i also included shipping cost so that you will be able to ship to the address given below ...check your email under paypal.Hope you have gotten notification from PayPal regarding the payment and i want to believe that i have done everything right for you to ship out the item ASAP because as am talking to
you now the payment has been deducted from my account ,so i will be waiting
for the USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTL shipments tracking number, Here is the
shipping information you need.

Name:Adedipo Sola
Address;block 11,academy road
City:Ibadan
State:Oyo state
Country:Nigeria
23402

PLS SEND IT VIA USPS EXPRESS MAIL ONLY

THANKS.

Me: Hi "Jenny."

I will not consider sending "the item" (as you continually refer to it) until I see the funds posted to my PayPal account. You don't need to send $400 (as you originally offered), let alone $500 (as your supposedly real PayPal email claims.) I just need $150 + shipping, in confirmed funds.

Oh, and I need it to be real. I logged into my PayPal account to see if the $500 had been posted - or if it was even there as PENDING confirmed shipment of "the item". It was not. I am very familar with how PayPal works. And it does not work that way.

This is an obvious fraud. I will still sell you the zune in exchange for ACTUAL PAYMENT. If I receive actual payment in my US PayPal account, I will not report all the details of your scheme to the FTC and the PayPal International Fraud Prevention team - as no fraud will have taken place. Only attempted fraud.

Not even a very good attempt, although I'm sure you dupe countless victims every day, which is why PayPal would be very interested in seeing the details of your scheme.

If actual payment is not posted in my PayPal account by 2pm mountain time, I will take this entire chain and the fake paypal.co.uk email to the proper authorities.

You have a choice. Good luck.
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Needless to say, I didn't hear back.

102 comments:

Daniel said...

The things people will do for a free Zune... I'm proud of you for being so tech-savvy.

Dave said...

shame on you Eric, their are kids starving in nigeria (and Menan)... that need your zune more than you.

Robin said...

way to watch it Eric! Do Zunes always attract such shady buyers?

aga said...

Thank you so much for posting this!

The same thing just happened to me! Got an order from Craigslist, sent Paypal request, got more than I asked w/shipping from mountlade@hotmail.com in Nigeria, received a fake Paypal funds received email but they were not in my account. I did a search on the hotmail email and your post came up. Thanks!!!

James said...

Thank you for posting the email address Jenny tried to buy my ipod.

Clint said...

same thing tried to happen to me but I searched and found this blog before I sent out my paypal info. below is the name and address of the person that "errik" tried to get me to send it to.
Name: Hakeem Olayinka
Address:Block 11,academy road
Ibadan
Oyo state
Nigeria
23402
and here is "errik's e-mail errikjames@gmail.com

Clint said...

CHECK THE E-MAIL FROM ADDRESS PAYPAL!!!!!!!!
Paypal sends info from "Service@paypal.com" (service@paypal.com) the scammers are using "Service@paypal.com" (verification.intl@consultant.com)

so UNLESS THE TWO MATCH IT IS A FAKE!!!!!!!
(with both of them being from paypal of course)

here are some e-mail addresses of fakes that have tried to use the before mentioned scam

roselaspo002@gmail.com
errikjames@gmail.com
rossdiceare@aol.com
beck55@live.com

send any phishing e-mail that you are unsure about to spoof@paypal.com and they will get back to you usually the same day and tell you if it is fake or not

Anonymous said...

Got the same email from "Rose Johnson"
@ the address: roselaspo002@gmail.com

Said I should ship the item to:
20,SODEKE STREET,ITOKU,
ABEOKUTA,OGUN STATE.
NIGERIA.234-039

hahahaha
thanks for this webpage!

Kaybee said...

This is awesome! Thanks! The Rose Johnson contacted me for my camera. What a scam! Thanks! Keep this post here forever!

Anonymous said...

What else can I say, Rose Johnson contacted me, too. I replied to her/him: Local pickup only. Hahaha!
Thank you so much for posting this information, and I love google. It knows everything

Anonymous said...

same thing happened to me roselaspo002@gmail.com emailed me about a laptop im trying to sell. supposedly paypaled me $1000 when i was only asking $700 and wanted me to ship it to
Bashiru Ismaheel O.
20,SODEKE STREET,ITOKU,
ABEOKUTA,OGUN STATE.
NIGERIA.+234-03

so i gave her a peice of m mind and said piss off.

Debbie said...

I too have been scamed by roselaspo002@gmail.com. I have never sold anything so I wasn't sure how this works. I am out a digital camera plus shipping. Does anyone know who this person is? I found a Rose Johson in California. Is their anything I can do?

Anonymous said...

Still going on. Tried selling my ipod on craigslist and the same thing happened to us. Here are the names used on us to help inform others.

Name : kingsley morris
Address:3/23 housing ibara
City Abeokuta,
State:OgunState
Zipcode:121101
Country: Nigeria

The contact name was Priscila Nancy. Beware!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! they did get your zune but they will enjoy my 16yr olds, not so savvy, wanna be Entrepreneur 30gb Ipod.. I told him to give it to his brother. Ouch!! expensive lesson...I did contact all proper authorities...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this posting. We posted a Nikon camera on craigslist and received a similar scam attempt from "mr niyi" (mrniyi3@gmail.com)

Sarah Scheel said...

I too was about to leave for the post office when I realized that only the US has a zipcode, why would they have one in Nigeria? I looked online and came across this. Thank you so much for posting this. I emailed him back and told him to stop trying to scam me and he needed to get a life! :) Thanks again.

Sarah Scheel said...

ps. the guy's name was Bukky Bright (I guess that should have been my first clue)

loewent said...

I got an email from Rose Johnson regarding a house that I am planning to rent. Offered to pay me 4 months rent in advance plus damage deposit. How would this person have been able to rip me off? Or would they have insisted on a money order? I wouldn't have sent anything to them. Maybe they would have pulled out and asked for their money back?

vinnie said...

I got a generous offer from roselaspo002@gmail.com (Rose Johnson) as well, in regards to something I was selling.. luckily i googled "roselaspo002@gmail.com" and found this blog.

So heads up- STAY AWAY FROM ROSE!

Ryan said...

It almost happened to me too. Looks like they just vary up the name of the sender and recipient, haha.

Sarah Clark said...

I found this post through a google search because the same thing just happened to me. I received an e-mail from ballackrobin@gmail.com looking to buy my $50 camera for $150 for their "daughter's" birthday. I was asked to send the camera to:

Yussuf Ibraheem
No 12 otudeko street Anfani Lay Out
Ibadan
Oyo
Nigeria,
23402

Anonymous said...

Add "mcdonpay11@gmail.com" to the list. "mcdon" wanted my Canon L-series lens shipped to a Balogun Babatunde (who has a facebook page, ironically).

grassygirl said...

i don't even know what a "zune" is. ....man, i'm so out of the loop i'm not even sure there was one now.

Anonymous said...

I had an attempt made one me when I posted a 0-360 optic on craigslist in Vancouver Canada. I was contacted by a Mr. "Johnson Richard" (johnsonrichard718@gmail.com) who wanted to get it for his son, who studies in Africa, for his birthday present. He was, however, "out of town on a business trip in Australia" but wanted to pay by paypal or bank transfer so that it could be shipped Express Mail immediately.
So stay away from Mr. Johnson Richard too. Is it just me or all these scammers have poor english and grammar?

Anonymous said...

I forgot to post that the scammer wanted it shipped to his "son" who lives at this address:

Name:Balogun Babatunde
Address:N4/62 Yemetu
City:Ibadan
State:Oyo
Zip Code:23402
Country:Nigeria

Jennifer said...

Same thing...Rosapoo or whatever...luckily I didn't fall for that one. But these people are getting better..I had a JVC Home theatre system for auction of Ebay...I got something from ebay saying that a Karen Bach from Idaho was the winning bidder $405..then I received a thing from Paypal saying that they were holding payment til I sent the shipping verification.. it looked real to me. Anyways..Karen contacted me again by email & asked for it to be shipped to her cousin in New York, Richard something..so I complied...anyways about $350 later..(shipping charges) I shipped it UPS..Next Day..luckily only 30 minutes after it was shipped I checked Paypal & called them & they said that there wasn't any payment there for me..I checked Ebay & that lady was no longer a member they said.. I freaked out because this thing was already on it's way to New York. So I did my research, made several calls to Paypal & ebay (which were no help at all,ebay)and UPS & the Internet FBI..& the destination that it was going to in New York (Liberty Shipping) With the time difference UPS said that they weren't sure if the package could be intercepted because of the time difference (Im in California) & the JVC was already on a plane to New York. Anyways..I didn't find out until about 3 days later that yes, they did intercept it..and I guess the man that it was supposed to go to wouldn't accept it (that's only because I called the shipping company & told them) and it was finally returned to me 8 days later, including a turn-around shipping charge of $150...I've reported Ebay to the Better Business Bureau and other authorites as well. They need to be help somewhat responsible for this. The original email was a legit ebay email. Oh and I also looked up that Karen Bach in Idaho..she was a 65 year old women that didn't even shop on ebay... so her identity was stolen as well! This was all done by one idiot out there that actually had the nerve to email me the following day asking if I had any other items like cameras, electronics & other things for sale..but I basically ripped him/her a new one and I haven't heard from them since. The emails were given to the Internet Detectives & other authorities. The other scary thing is that when I clicked on my user id from the fake emails it went straight to another person like I was writing him or something!! I don't know how they linked this...but I don't trust anyone online anymore. Oh ya, as Rosepoo whatever told me when I refused to sell her my laptop... "Be warned"!

eric said...

Glad to see all these responses. Keep spreading the competency.

masikika said...

The same happend to me just today!
His name is:
Michael Lorrald!!!
I'm supose to send the "package" to:
Name:Balogun Babatunde
Address:N4/62 Yemetu
City:Ibadan
State:Oyo
Zip Code:23402,
Country:Nigeria
I reported Craigslist.
I think that I will reports to the fed's!!!!
Thank you
Here is his email to me:

Thanks for the mail,am really interested in the item for my son,
schoolling in West African(Nigeria) for is up comming graduation
ceremony surprice package gift.But presently am out of the state for a
constructing project,which i will like you to help me out in the
shipping handling that will make the package get to him Via usps(EMS)
express Mail.i will be willing to offer you the total price for but
the item and the shipping cost Via paypal or bank to bank transfer all
you have to do is sending me your paypal infor(Money request) or bank
data and the total price of every thing.Below is the shipping
address,....
Name:Balogun Babatunde
Address:N4/62 Yemetu
City:Ibadan
State:Oyo
Zip Code:23402,
Country:Nigeria
hopping to read from you as soon as possible in order to make the payment done
God bless.

Beth said...

Hi! They are still at it! This time it is a son in Nigeria. This is the email that I was sent. It is from tren cute (trencute02@gmail.com)

Thanks for your reply,i am a very busy man thats why, can you ship toAfrica for me to my son as a birthday gift,he is on a missionary tripthere for our church and needs it urgently,i want you to pls help mewith this,i would have loved to pick this up myself and send to himbut i am not in the city and do not have time to go to the postoffice.. i'll pay you with paypal since it secures both buyer andseller, and you can confirm payment from your account before you ship?and be sure of getting your money... is it possible?i will pay you forall extra charges and also for shipment to make sure you get yourexact amount for the sale.i am willing to give you an extra $40 forany stress caused. Hope to read from you soon.

I was stupid and didn't realize until too late that this was a scam. So, I am not only out the Xbox 360 but also the $109.50 for shipping. The postal service says since it has already left the United States they can not do anything unless the person does not pick it up. This is where I sent it to: Name: Charles oki
Address:24 karounwi street,
City: Ijesha
State: Lagos
Country: Nigeria.
zipcode: 23401

Any help on who to contact to get this back and my money back will be appreciated. I will keep checking back!! Thanks so much!!

Erin said...

I was selling an old IBM laptop I know longer needed. I got an email from Rose Johnson saying she would by it but couldn't do a local pick up. Being from a small town in NH, I understood, but I was still hesitant. The next email I received was from "paypal" with an amount way over what I was asking for. It also had shipping information for:
Bashiru Ismaheel
30,IJEUN STREET,ITOKU,
ABEOKUTA,OGUN STATE.
NIGERIA.234-039

I was torn, because I needed the money, and the paypal looked legit. It said the money was pending until shipping information was received. I logged into my paypal to see nothing. That's when I got really suspicious (that along with the Nigeria thing) and googled the email address to find this site! I knew I was right. I emailed her with the link to this site and got a response saying I was trying to scam her...the nerve! And I was also told that I should send it "If you dont want me to take a legal action against you as an UN diplomaticofficer." She proceeds to sign "Be warned..."
The rudeness!

Thanks for this site!

eric said...

erin, same thing happened to me. I saw the gmail address online later and approached him via GMail chat. he accused me of trying to scam him. That's their stupid strategy - flipping the blame and trying to scare us away. they are a bunch of liars. it's what they do all day long. sit at their computers and lie, lie, lie.

never give up. never surrender.

Armando said...

I posted my Macbook Aluminum on craigslist for $1300 and this is what I got from her...

" Thanks for the mail...i was introduced to this site by a friend at work and i will like immediate purchase of this item for my Brother who is away out of the state to study in overseas and been requesting for this item...i will offer you $1500.00 including the shipping charges to him.. there because he is in need of it as a matter of urgency and due to my work i don't have time to handle the shipping..i will want you to help me handle the shipping very well to him..Get back to me with your confirmed PayPal email address so that i can send the payment..... Get back to me asap..."

Then, I sent her my Paypal email and then I received this:

"ok i will make the payment now and get back to you with the shipping address thanks i trust in you........"

Finally, I sent her an offer she couldn't refuse ; )

Thanks to whoever made this blog!

Jason said...

bobjone001@gmail.com just tried to buy my xbox 360 and ship to zip 23402

Anonymous said...

MCDONPAY11@GMAIL.COM just wrote me an email to an item I am selling on craigslist. I immediately googled the email address because it just sounded sketchy and this site came up telling me that the same person tried scamming someone else. Thank you for saving me a lot of BS!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my God, I got a same thing want me to ship to 24 Karounwi St, Ijesha, Lagos, Nigeria.
This is my first time using paypal
Please help
Is it scammer too?
Help

Anonymous said...

Probably. Anything you have to ship overseas, I would be wary of. Just make sure to check your real paypal account. If the money goes into your account NOT PENDING, it's good.

Anonymous said...

i was recently contacted by a rose johnson via msn with an email account of rosejohnson @ hotmail .com she told me she was from albany newyork currently visiting her grandma in nigeria .. she told me she worked as importer exporter for clients in usa ... after telling me she loved me and sent me photos she then told me she was robbed and needed 400 u.s to export her goods .. i lied and told her i could get the money to u.s embassy in nigeria her passport would simply have to match the photo she gave me to get the money .. i never heard from her again ..i also heard that on these sort of scams once they ask for mnoney at any time during a conversation you should never answer yes .. giving them access to your computer ... is this correct

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for posting this.

i had, or should i say am having the same creeps contact me. although today, they threatened my life.

the email address and name that i am given is:

washington gibson
gibson4morris08@gmail.com

with the address being:
Name : kingsley morris
Address:No 3/23 housing Ibara
City Abeokuta,
State:OgunState
Zipcode:121101
Country:Nigeria

Natalie said...

I just sold a ring for brother on ebay, to a John Powell, he just asked me to send it to his fiance doing missions work in Nigeria. I just emailed him today and told him I cant, but he sent back an email.(roastedapples@yahoo.com) saying that he was working in texas and pls pls sent the ring to nigeria. yeah right. for anyone out there using paypal, at least for ebay transactions.. all funds are held in paypal till the item is recieved. and I can see the funds in my paypal account, and print shipping lables also. to see a paypal notice that says funds are held till shipped is a big red flag. Darn it, now I have a beautiful white gold diamond wedding ring that i have to relist on ebay.

Anonymous said...

Same thing almost happened to me. Here is all of the information used by "Jeffrey Riche" to try to purchase my digital camera from craigslist.

Name: Awolaja Oladipupo
Address: 2, Oloke G.R.A Onikolobo Abeokuta
City : Abeokuta
State: Ogun
Zip Code: 234037
Country: Nigeria

Same thing as always. Wanted my camera to be sent via USPS express mail. "Jeffrey" was going to pay the full asking price plus $200.00 to cover shipping, even though shipping would have only cost $54.00.

Anonymous said...

Here is other one:
Folks be aware of this people!!!
I have posting at craigslist.org and been scammed by:
doris smith smithdoris2@gmail.com

Below are the shipping address:
Name:Oreofe-Akinyemi
Address:No 3/23 housing Ibara
City Abeokuta,
State:OgunState
Zipcode:121101
Country:Nigeria
2347081744477

Anonymous said...

Add me to the list as an "Almost scammed from Nigeria" list lol. My gut told me something was wack about this and I'm glad I listened. My son was selling a PSP with games and movies and she told me her son was going to school overseas and she would add $80 to cover shipping as she was out of town at the time. The zipcode struck me as odd too so I googled and came to this site. Below is the info they used on us....
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 04:37:35 -0800
> Subject: Re: PSP with games and movies - $180 (Chester, SC) movies
> From: mn4721@gmail.com
> To: ....(removed my son's address for his protection)
>
> Address:No 4 housing Ibara
> City Abeokuta,
> State:OgunState
> Zipcode:121101
> Country, Nigeria
>
> so get back to me with your PayPal account email so i can remit the
> money to your account......... it good to make business with you.
>
> Best Regard
>
>
> --
> hello .. i wanna know if the item is still available for sale?

---------------- said...

Still happening and I totally just got taken. "Angelina Cole" (colea01@gmail.com) is working in Haiti - the nerve!!! - and wanted a laptop for her daughter studying in Nigeria. Stupid me didn't do my due diligence and saw a "pending" payment in my PayPal and assumed (duh!) that it was all good.

Here's the address:
Balogun Babatunde
No.1 Ayun Hostel Agbowo UI
Ibadan Oyo 23402
Nigeria

Un-freaking-believable. And yes, when I read "Angelina" the riot act, she tried to flip the blame. I'm so mad I could spit nails. How have these people not gotten caught?!?

Who do I report this to?

- Jenn

eric said...

Jenn, report it to your friends. Spread the word in an effort to abolish ignorance and raise awareness. We just have to be more tech / scam savvy.

Bottom line, if you don't know the person personally, they aren't local, and the payment offered seems too good to be true, it's a scam 100% of the time.

Anonymous said...

words can not describe how much I love you for posting this right now, I am sellling this brand new laptop and this person is doing this exact scam to me ! hhaha

Anonymous said...

Also I want to add, this was the contact info given to me


Name: David Balogun
Address: No1 Ayun Hostel Agbowo UI
City: Ibadan
State: Oyo
Zip Code: 23402
Country: Nigeria

Hecken said...

Just to let everyone know that I went through the exact same scam situation as well. This person contacted me for an item being sold on Craiglist. He offered me $130 more than the asking price to ship this to his "daughter" in school in Nigeria. It sounded like a scam from the start.

Thanks to your post I was able to save my time and avoid losing my property.

Here are the details that from the scammer:

E-mail: britzco.consultant@gmail.com

Name: David Balogun
Address: No1 AYun Hostel Agbowo UI
City: Ibadan
State: Oyo
Zip Code: 23402
Country: Nigeria

Be on the look-out and don't let this creep take advantage of you!

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-angela- said...

"when something seems too good to be true, it usually is." -i'm not sure who originally said that, but damn it was good advice!

thanks a lot for posting this blog entry, it seems i am currently dealing with a craigslist scam. someone is trying to scam my boyfriend and I out of a $10,000 aura camera.
fortunately, i am doing research before giving out any paypal information.

you guys can add this name and address to your list:

email information:
wai quanan
lifesaintjoke@gmail.com

Name:Ibrahim Tajudeen

Address: no 2 Ayun Hostel

City:Ibadan

State:Oyo State

Zip Code:23402

Country:Nigeria

Thanks again for this post!

Anonymous said...

robshied11@gmail.com

Olalekan Olaitan
No 10, Miller ST, Agbowo, U.I.,
Ibadan Oyo 23402
Nigeria
985

ebay id: lacoffeetwo

Anonymous said...

Dear _______________,

Hello,

Dear eBay seller, i am the winning bidder of your item so i need to know the present condition of this item before i will proceed with the payment and get back to me with your paypal mail address to go for the payment.
i will wait for your fast action

Thanks

- lacoffeetwo

Mrs. Teasley said...

"Jenny" contacted me today about a car I had posted on Craigslist. Thank you for the heads up about her with your post. :-)

eric said...

they seem to be on a rampage lately. be savvy, my friends.

Anonymous said...

jennygray80@gmail.com just tried to inquire about my car on craigslist. I googled the email address and this site was the only site that came up. Thanks for taking the time to post!

Anonymous said...

jenny gray


She just tried to buy my psp

Anonymous said...

Jenny Gray just tried to buy my DSLR. love this thread! thanks!

Tj28mga said...

Jenny Gray is trying to make an attempt to scam me as well, I was on guard when it told me to create a paypal account and send my email address so that the payment can be made. There is one problem though......I have an estore that offers paypal payments....I thought by listing on craigslist I could get some more traffic but it seems it will be the negative kind. Obviously its working somewhere because it seems they have been at it for years now. Well thanks again for this site.

Anonymous said...

I have posting at kijiji.ca and been scammed by:

"Las Freddy"
shipping address:
Name: Charles Ajuzie
Address: 24 karounwi street,
City: Ijesha
State: Lagos
Country: Nigeria.
zipcode: 23401

Anonymous said...

I have posting at kijiji.ca and been scammed by:

"Las Freddy"
shipping address:
Name: Charles Ajuzie
Address: 24 karounwi street,
City: Ijesha
State: Lagos
Country: Nigeria.
zipcode: 23401

Anonymous said...

This sounds a scam too... I'm kind a suspicious during our transaction. Good thing there's someone who blogged his experience.

Name:Adenekan Adebukola
Address:No1 Ayun Hostel Agbowo UI
City:ibadan
State:oyo
Zipcode:23402
Country:Nigeria

send by mcleanphill1@gmail.com aka McLean Phill

Marcos said...

Hi
It happen the same to me , even from the same city, here are the info about this nigerian scammer so nobody happen again:
e-mail: johnwills222@gmail.com
Name-: BALOGUN BABATUNDE
Address -: 30,Agbowo University of Ibadan
Ibadan
23402
Oyo state
Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

I am selling a camera, received a reply from Jenny Gray, and this from Martins John.Both scams.
Hi,
Thanks for your positive reply, I wanna buy the item for my daughter
who is studying in a Zoological college in asia, malaysia. I
suppose to come for the pick up but i am currently in Haiti for an
assignment. I will like to ship it to her via USPS, EMS or DHL courier
service. I will be paying you through PayPal, because it is easy and
secure. I will pay you a total of $500 or more, depending on the
shipment courier that you used, to cover both your cost price and
shipping to her...Looking forward to your reply

elkwadzo said...

I was trying to sell a Samsung Galaxy Tab fully unlocked to make calls on T-mobile. A few days later I received this email:

- From ibrophy

Still available for sale?

- My reply:
YES IT IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SALE.

- From ibrophy nelly

Okay.Thanks for your reply,I love to buy your item real and I am a serious
buyer to pay you via my paypal account, i won't be available for pick up,
moreover,I am currently out of state and then I love to buy this item for my
pastor's kid as a gift, so i will offer you $500 then i will add $100 to cover
shipping cost to him via Express Mail Service (EMS) I am offering you this
cos to keep other buyers off,I want to let you know, PayPal is secure,
trustworthy and reliable and then is fast payment, I want you to send me
your paypal email account or if you don't have paypal account already,you
can set up for account via www.paypal.com so you will send it to me,so i
will make the payment instantly.I anticipate a favorable response from you.
Kindly get back to me asap....
Regard.

- My reply:

If you have someone in P... with whom I can do the transaction that will be fine with me.
I am not counting on shipping the Samsung Tablet. And I am only interested in cash transaction.

God richly bless you

- from ibrophy nelly

I love to tell you that paypal is the only online best payment method
because they are safe,trustworthy and secured,you can also set up a
new paypal account at www.paypal.com ,and get back to me with your
paypal email address so i will be able to transfer 600 plus the
shipping cost to my pastor's son in abroad ok.Kindly get back to me
asap.

- My reply:
Send me the shipping address
(I knew it was a scam and i just needed the address to confirm it)

And a few minutes later my suspicion was confirmed:

- From ibrophy nelly

ok, this is shipping address.
Name : Taoheed Oyebanji
Address: 23, Agbowo Shopping Complex UI,
City: Ibadan.
State: Oyo State.
Country: Nigeria.
Zip code: 23402
ok, i want you to send me your paypal email account, so i will make the payment instantly....

- After a long minutes of laughter I sent him this message in Pigin (Nigerian English).

Bros, who you wan scam? Na naija wey I be. I sabi all this. May I tell you, my papa dey work for General Abacha before him peme, I get about $600 Million wey dey Swiss bank, give me your account number, I go wire you some Okay :) God bless you omo.

Give your life to Jesus and know that Heaven and Hell are REAL!



http://www.datingnmore.com/fraud/scam_addresses.htm

++++++++++++++++++++++

I am from west africa and i spent over 6 years in Benin Republic, over 10 years in Togo, over 6 years in Ghana. And I know about this dudes. I used to be a manager of a cyber cafe on the campus of Legon University (Ghana), The name of the cafe internet was VOLTA CAFE.

I know about this dudes. I will spend hours and hours on the internet trying to scam people. A guy will be chatting will a dude in the USA and he will present himself as a woman. And in case he receives a call from one of his "Lovers" he will pass the phone to a girl next to him for her to entertain the USA man.

Sometimes you will see them paying items online from fake credit cards or stolen credit cards.

They make me sick.

Anonymous said...

i just had exactly the same thing happen to me only over the sale of my motorbike i reckon they must think us dull

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this now i wont give my ipod touch to some one who at first said a marine base in California, USA and the said this as the shipping address:
SHIPPING INFORMATION:
Name :E. Richard
Address:Suite 12 Agbowo UI.
City :Ibadan
State :Oyo
Zip Code:23402
Country :Nigeria
Phone :+2348038271629

they said they were paying through EMoneyGram... now im just going to ignore them. Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah heress the name and email... Regina Morris allmandinger713@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

scammers I encountered

Romney M
romney mike

the rest of them are already listed in internet

f**kin' wasters of time

Carlos Ortiz said...

same thing happended to me thank god i saw this thank you!!!!

Ronak Jain said...

This group is still active. I had put up a watch phone on quikr. They first asked if it was still up for sale. This time it was hammedsaheed411@gmail.com . He was again & again asking my account number. This was from where i got a doubt on him. He then gave the same location as stated in above. He was ready to pay 16000/- for a watch phone worth 5000/- .
As i saw this i got that & search the address on Google and I came across this page.
Its Ronak Jain(INDIA) ronakjain283@gmail.com. Thanks to the writer Erik. If anyone wants to know more about what happened with me he can contact me.

Ronak Jain said...

This group is still active. I had put up a watch phone on quikr. They first asked if it was still up for sale. This time it was hammedsaheed411@gmail.com . He was again & again asking my account number. This was from where i got a doubt on him. He then gave the same location as stated in above. He was ready to pay 16000/- for a watch phone worth 5000/- .
As i saw this i got that & search the address on Google and I came across this page.
Its Ronak Jain(INDIA) ronakjain283@gmail.com. Thanks to the writer Erik. If anyone wants to know more about what happened with me he can contact me.

Anonymous said...

Kind of funny, I am currently having this happen. I have Moto Xyboard on ksl, got message from Ryan Elbert, elbertryan@yandex.com, saying he was interested, said he would pay with Moneygram, offered more than I asked. Got the email from "Moneygram" stating to verify tracking number prior to getting reference number to receive payment.
Address to send to:
Name :E. Richard
Address:Suite 12 Agbowo UI.
City :Ibadan
State :Oyo
Zip Code:23402
Country :Nigeria

Anonymous said...

samething just happend to me, with dcalmd3@gmail.com (mike taylor or mike cordoba) asked me to send it to Paul Dare
12, Ibara Road
Abeokuta
Ogun
234039
Nigeria
scammmm

Anonymous said...

heya... thanks to this site i just avoided being scammed by someone called Jana Kate with the email jana.kate99@gmail.com... i was trying to sell a laptop and got contacted by this "person" asking me to send it all the way in Nigeria... i will post the address... watch it out there guys... they keep on trying...

Thanks for your mail...
Am okay with the price and here is the address where
to send the notebook to ....
Receiver's Name:MESEI EMEKA
Address:NO 22 ,AGBOWO U.I ROAD
City: IBADAN
State:OYO
Zip Code: 23402
Country: NIGERIA

And i will be waiting for your full bank details such as the listing
below to proceed with the payment through wire bank transfer :

Bank Name:
Account Name:
Account Number:

I hope to hear from you soonest
Best Regards.
Eng JANA KATE..

Sabrina said...

The very same happened to me today. I had posted this morning a post on kijiji about selling my brown suede high heels for 60$ and i got a text not long after from a person, number is 1-646-543- 5214, saying brown suede high heels size 7.5 60.00$ ...is this item still available for sale?. I was all happy that someone contacted me so fast. so i replied yes they were still available at the moment. And then she/he went on about wanting to offer the ``item`` for her co-worker at work who was transferred to western africa for her birthday that was on the 24sept. the person told me she will offer me an additional payment of 150$ for the shipping using paypal. she/he gave me her/his paypal email(which is wilsontari23@gmail.com)she then said shed offer me 210$ in total and that she want me to ship it via canada post air mail international. she said it would only cost me 125$ to ship it. i thought it was weird but i just thought on the moment that it was my lucky day(especially that it is my birthday lol)i gave her my email(which i use for paypal also). Then i started thinking that 210$-125$=85$ which was weird because i only sold my high heels for 60$. she/he sent me a message from another number (1-770-696- 6153)saying tat she had sent the money, to just check my paypal email adress inbox for a confimation. as soon as i got home i went on paypal to check if i had gotten nothing and at my sorta suprise i saw there was nothing. Then i went on my email and saw i had gotten 4emails from``paypal`` which was service@paypal.com saying that i had received a payment from Wilson Tari(wilsontari23@gmail.com) of 210.50$ and then it said : Thanks for using PayPal you can now send the item. It may take a few minutes for this transaction to appear in your account.

Shipping address - confirmed
Name;Renato Lizardo
Country;Nigeria
5 karounwi Street, Ijeshatedo
Lagos, Nigeria
Zip code, 23401

Transaction ID: 0WM16862N85165205

Buyer
Wilson Tari
Note to seller
We included a note.

Postage details
Canada Post Air Mail International

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: aw_tracking@post.com and our customer service care 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.

* *PLEASE NOTE**
Once item has been shipped out and you send the tracking number to us,
You will receive a "CONFIRMATION EMAIL" from PayPal® Team that your Fund has been credited.

PayPal (America) S.à r.l. & Cie, S.C.A.
Société en Commandite par Actions
Registered Office: 22-24 Boulevard Royal L-2449, Luxembourg
RCS Luxembourg B 118 349
PayPal Email ID PP843

Altho i was already very convinced that this was all just a scam and all very fishy, i checked out google and all i could see about this address was that people talked about scam. So that comfirmed what i thought. and took the decision not to send it at all.

Anonymous said...

add this in the list soulgracious@live.com.
and the address is

NAME.. Sam Collins B
ADDRESS.. Faculty of Education, UI
State: Oyo State
CITY: Ibadan
ZIPCODE.. 23402
COUNTRY ... Nigeria
Mobile #.... 07053982488

Anonymous said...

Add this also to the list

Yes.... you will send the item to my cousin address and i will pay you the total amount for it plus the shipping to my cousin address....Let me know the cost for the item and the shipping via Local Post to my cousin address below....

NAME..Sam Collins B
ADDRESS..Faculty of Education, UI
State:Oyo State
CITY:Ibadan
ZIPCODE..23402
COUNTRY ...Nigeria
Mobile #....07053982488

I can transfer the money to your Bank Account Below or you send me a Paypal Payment Request to soulminded24@live.com so that i can proceed with the payment..

Moshin Maknojia said...

This is the Address Below Once Again...................

NAME..Sam Collins B
ADDRESS..Faculty of Education, UI
State:Oyo State
CITY:Ibadan
ZIPCODE..23402
COUNTRY ...Nigeria
Mobile #....07053982488

Anonymous said...

I wish I had done research a week ago this exact seller and address scammed me out of $85 for shoes not to mention 63 for shipping. I reported to the Internet Crime Site now I need to find these people I want my money back.

finriz666 said...

This is happening to me as we speak, I responed to a add and the next thing I know a beautiful lady is messaging me want me to marry her, I knew this was bullshit right away, she said she needed $400 to check out of a hotel, I humored her and asked for the address, when she gave me the address I immediately googled it and been reading all these interesting scam stories, I don't know what to do about this, I think I'm going to play along and find out more.......

Anonymous said...

They are still at it. Have been in contact with a katenorrey@gmail.com over the last few days about an engagement ring posted on gumtree. She messeged asking if it was still for sale and how much. She then offered to pay £100 pounds over the amount for shipping costs and gave this name and address;

Blessing Olanrewaju
No. 10b Adatan Road
Abeokuta
Ogun State
Nigeria
zip: 234039

After using google to find the address to go see if its legit this forum came up. Glad i used my instinct and thanks for this forum hope it saves many others from making a big mistake.

Anonymous said...

I got a text today from 770-696-6153 asking if my item off kijiji was still for sale. After responding yes they said tey would pay $50CDN over asking price via paypal for shipping to Africa. Once I started asking questions they said they were at a conference in New York and that is why they needed me to ship. Googled the number and this came up.

Anonymous said...

I was also almost scammed by Wilson Tari. This is how it happen. I posted an add on Craigs List to sell my wedding dress and I got a message from cel number : 646-5435214, asking me if I still have the dress , and I responded yes I do , do you want to come over and try it ? and I diodn't here from she/he or who ever is doing the scam for an hour. Then She said: ?It is a gift for my best friend. Then I said it is ok to call me and she didn't respond, then she said I will pay 200$ for the shipping and then I said what if the dress doesn't fit her? and she replied: is a gift , she can always sale it if she doesn't want it. Then I said OK. and she ask me for my paypal mail, and I create one account and give to her. I ask her do you want to see some real pics of the dress (because what I posted on Craigs list was only the catalog pic. and she said: it will be lovely. THen I took some time and she said : If it is not possible to see the pics is ok. and I said , no I will send it to you just give me some time. and provide the address of :
Renato Lizardo
Nigeria
5Karounwi Street Lagos State City Ijeshatedo zip code 23401
and I receive a mail from paypal indicating that that I receive a payment of 650 that is pending and will be posted to my account in few minutes. I enter to my paypal and didn'ts show any activity , nothing pending. Then the buyer/scammer Tori Wilson will text me several times to see if I shipped. and ask me to keep her post it. I was ready to ship and I just feel that this was fishi and google, thanks for teh details on this page I just tell her I decided to sell in cash and in person.Shi is harrasing me by texting me messages. I am just ignoring them.

Anonymous said...

katenorrey@gmail.com is interested in my samsung galaxy phone.I posted the ad on gumtree(uk).He/She texted me from +14243288156

Tridentas Web Design said...

kate norrey has also contacted me about phones im selling on gumtree

souad936 said...

Hi there

I graduated last year so I decided to sell my dress through kijiji for 150$, yesterday morning I received a text number 770-696 6153 this is what it said.

Person: Beautiful Strapless High low prom Gown is this item still available for sale?

me: Hi there it is still available.

person: I am willing to purchase this item as a N.Y gift for my friend in Africa and I will offer $200 for shipping through PayPal. Thanks

Person: Do you have a PayPal account?

me: I do

all I need is your PayPal email address so that I can make the payment now ok

me: may I have your email address so I can send an invoice

person: wilsontari23@gmail.com

Then I received another text from another number 832-301-9013

person: 1/2 here is the shipping address below...

Name: Renato Lizardo
Country: Nigeria
5Karouwi Street
Lagos state
City: Ijeshatedo
zip: 23401

person:I just sent out the payment you may check your PayPal email address inbox or spam for the receipt confirmation from PayPal.

Before checking my email I went on my PayPal account and the balance was $0.00 then I checked
my email but nothing was on the normal inbox I received 4 emails in my junk mail which was weird because PayPal emails never go through junk mails So I checked and it confirmed the payment witch was $300 so I called PayPal they asked me for the email and I gave them the email witch was service@intl.paypal
the real email is : service@intl.paypal.com
so it was a scam it's a good thing I was smart enough to call and make sure everything was safe and I don't trust anyone in the internet anymore.

don't be fooled people


Sarah Malta Uk said...

Dont send money by Western Union and send the money to :
Akin Lewis
NO 7 Lawyer Hameed Street
Stadium Road
Ogbomoso
23402
Nigeria bastards on guntree uk took my babys money because i was selling a pram set

Anonymous said...

Have you ever hear something strange from someone stenbrad

Johnny Salsa said...

Same thing happened to me. "John" found my hungarian ad. from my race mtb.
Below is the name and the nigerian address he tried to get me to send it to.
Name: John Carick

Nigerian address:
Name: Adwumi Tony
Address : No 10 , agbowo U.I ibadan
State: Oyo state
City: Ibadan
Zipcode : 23402
Country... Nigeria

Johnny Salsa said...

The answer followed my email with a suspicion tone: /what do you think?/

"look here.. i want you to know that the payment has already been
deposited in care of your bank account and cannot be returned back to
me by the bank because any payment been made by the Buyer to the
Seller's account cannot be returned back to the buyer and the money
has automatically belongs to you and will be released and credited
into your account once my bank received the shipment details from you
ok..

However, i do assured 100% maximum guarantee that your money will be
credited into your account once my bank received the shipment details
from you and within 24hours your money will arrived and reflect into
your account for you to cashed ok..

So,i will henceforth urge you to kindly bear with my bank procedure so
that we can both have a successful transaction and kindly ship out the
item directly now and then contact my bank with the shipment scan
receipt and your money will be credited into your account instantly
without any delay ok..

Hope you understand me and i do not want any further argument because
the transfer of the payment will be completed into your account within
1hours once my bank received the shipment scan receipt from you..

Awaiting for the shipment scan receipt now ....

Best regards and have a nice day.."

eric said...

@Johnny - it's a scam. Anytime they refer to your product as "the item" and not what it actually it, and any time they ask you to trust them, they are trying to scam you.

Sarah Brazier said...

These scammers are hilarious ( not if they actually manage to scam someone of course)but the fake paypal spam emails, the offering way over the price, and pretending to be in Wales visiting a sick grandma but wanting to pay £100 extra for me to post to his son in Nigeria, and his not so Nigerian name of Robert Chris Hamilto 😂. Shocking. Even more shocking this many years later they are still doing it!!

Anonymous said...

Got this offer when posted online selling my camera

Thanks for your reply.. My name is Frank Miller from London and am interested in buying this item for my client in West Africa as a gift. i will be offering 16,500Baht for this item including the postage via Thailand Post EMS and the money will be transfer to your bank account immediately and also send me more pics of the item Thanks
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Below is my client shipping address below:

Name..AFEEZ SMITH
Address.. NO 12, BARIKA STREET U.I
City..IBADAN
State..OYO
Country..NIGERIA
zip Code..23402

Awaiting for your quick response and also include your bank details for the payment

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This is exactly happening with me right now.
I am based out of India and have advertised my lens for selling. Now someone from Nigeria contacted, willing to buy it and pay 90 % price upfront.
They have asked me my Name, Bank Account Number and Bank Name for transferring money.
Should I go for it?
Can they scam me if I only reveal my bank account number and name to them?

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