Beware of Nigerian and African scammer!!

Malaysia
June 12, 2011 6:43am CST
just to share my experience fellow mylotters.. i am selling products on internet and marketplace.. recently i bounced to deal a transaction with one of this scammer. I met this buyer at facebook marketplace. Introducing herself as Mrs Batty Jones , from London, at 1st she was asking to buy 1 item and said that it is for her nephew in Nigeria and requested for the item to be ship there. And then she add up few more item and ask me to send all the item at the same address.. here is where i start to feel weird. And then she asked for invoice from my paypal to make payment, Few hours after that i received an email from service@paypal.com said tht i have received payment of USD$2320 but i must provide shipment tracking number in order for the money to be cleared on my paypal account. Since my policy is only to ship out product once payment is cleared, i get back to her and explain, she was upset with me at 1st and claim that she is loosing money because the amount has been deducted fr her PP acc and she cannot get it back-which is unreasonable..paypal never take away people money when transaction cancelled. So i insist her to forward confirmation email from paypal dat she received when she make payment to me. Instead, she forward to me an email, exactly like what i received only edited to her name with few typo error. So i explain to her why i should cancel the transaction coz of all the fishy things i sense about the trans. She was swearing with her life that she's trustworthy and offer to pay via western union. so i jes ignore her and asked her to deal with paypal if she have any problem with her paypal money, the next things i realize, her facebook profile has been deactivated.. So i quickly google up about buyer scam. Apparently, Numerous cases involving this 2 country especially, is spreading on the internet . So becareful if u r also a seller on internet.. :)
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6 responses
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
Thanks for the warning Caira... and good thing you've got good business senses that you immediately suspected the scam act. By the way, that kind of scam act is quite common in your type of business. Always be watchful my friend.
• Malaysia
14 Jun 11
And surprisingly, many out there actually has been scammed this way.. I could imagine how they feel when they found out they have been scammed.. it is so terrible.. especially involving high amount.. so i share this, in case of anyone doesnt aware about this yet.. :)
@Graceekwenx (3163)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Hi Caira! I dont mean to be a racist but i feel the same way that you do! I usually shy away from nigerians for the fear that they may be scammers. This has been one of the topics in Oprah as well.
@browneyed (2528)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun 11
Hello Grace, You might not mean to be racist like you say, but by saying that you tend to shy away from Nigerians for fear that they may be scammers hints at the very thing you say you don't mean to be. Not all Nigerians are scammers. And not all scammers are Nigerian.
@Jlyn10 (10439)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 11
Hi cairalyssa Thanks for the heads-up. There's just too many of these scammers on the internet these days. We all just have to be extra careful when we do come across one.
12 Jun 11
Thanks for nice review. ..
@chiwasaki (4681)
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Thanks for sharing this information. I believe that once you feel that something is not right, there must be really something fishy on it. Good thing you trusted you own instinct. This story can serve as a warning to our fellows who can easily trust another person, specially those we really don't know.
@iklananda (1204)
12 Jun 11
I started to recieve such that things 10 years ago and i am not going to believe it even a bit. If they are power full man or woman that have a lot of money why don't the use their connection. Like Mubarak and other leader that can easily escape. It's non sense