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Posted: 9/20/2004 12:07:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2004 12:08:08 PM EST by Jeeper21]
I'm selling a laptop and I've adverstised it on the EE Everything else forum and a local paper (which also has an internet site). I got a reply from a buyer through the local paper ad, who says he is from Nigeria. He says he needs a laptop urgently and would like me to send it to him when he sends the MO (not after I receive it) and they will cross paths in the mail.

This was his reply to me:

Hello
i am very happy to hear that the laptop is still available for
sale. i must tell you that i am very serious and i need it urgently. i will want
you to sale this tv to me. i do not stay in the USA i reside in nigeria with
my family. the only possible means i can pay you with is with a money order
through western union auction payment (bidpay) a subsidary of western union. it
is obvious that a typical money order gets to you the in close 7-10 business
days. if you are satisfy with my terms of payment pls let me know so that i can
make paymet immediately. i must tell you that it will cost you nothing on
shipping the shipping charges will be on my Fedex account number i will give it
to you as soon as possible. pls cos of the urgency, you are to ship the
immediately you rec eive a comfirmation approved email from western union that
your money order has be proccessed t o your address. ur full name, address
number and telephone number is needed to make payment.
Thanks



Does this sound like a scam, or am I just being paranoid? Because I know alot of internet scams seem to originate from Nigeria...
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:11:00 PM EST
Tell him you want a WU money transfer or hit the fuggin road.

Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:11:26 PM EST
Nigeria...check
Money order...check
Western Union...check

The only thing I'm surprised he hasn't asked is if he can send you a check for more than the amount of what you're asking and then have you send the rest back to him via Western Union.

In other words, YES this has SCAM written ALL OVER IT!!! Do not do business with this guy.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:11:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2004 12:12:39 PM EST by QuietShootr]
No shit. A nigerian scam artist?

Edit: Send him the fucking thing...just add a little tannerite and a cap.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:13:30 PM EST
The moment you read "Nigerian" you should have e-mailed him back with the simple phrase "fuck off, shitstain."
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:13:40 PM EST
I wouldnt ship it unless I had cash clear in hand .....

probably not worth the risk ....

What are you selling?
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:18:28 PM EST
Here's a big clue, you're selling a laptop and in his email he is asking about a TV. Not only is it a scam but he's even using a cheap form letter.

I say fill a box full of dog crap and send it to him. Should be nice and ripe by the time he gets it.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:23:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By QuietShootr:
No shit. A nigerian scam artist?

Edit: Send him the fucking thing...just add a little tannerite and a cap.



I like that idea!
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:23:55 PM EST
Yes, scam.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:24:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By SWIRE:
Here's a big clue, you're selling a laptop and in his email he is asking about a TV. Not only is it a scam but he's even using a cheap form letter.

I say fill a box full of dog crap and send it to him. Should be nice and ripe by the time he gets it.



Yeah, I wondered why he said tv in the middle of that.

I'm just gonna let this guy know that I cant do business with him.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:25:37 PM EST
Scam him back, he is in Nigeria what can he do?
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:27:16 PM EST
Ok, where's the laptop scamback story?
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:36:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By RealFastV6:
Ok, where's the laptop scamback story?



http://www.easynetworknyc.com/powerbook/pdfhtml.php

This the one?
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:37:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2004 12:42:48 PM EST by Mauser101]
I went looking for the laptop scamback, but I couldn't find it.

The gist is, you make a deal with him and send him Trapper Keeper "Notebook". Buy a white one at office depot. Take a black marker to it and draw a keyboard and monitor on it.

Ship it to Nigeria...with the full cost of your laptop on the invoice. They will end up paying customs duties of a few hundred bucks on a paper binder. When your money order gets here, frame it.

EDIT: Ooop. Spent Casing found it.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:47:41 PM EST
Definitely a scam. The money order will bounce.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:48:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:
Definitely a scam. The money order will bounce.



Ditto. If u had to ask. its a scammmmm
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:50:08 PM EST
I wasn't aware that a money order could bounce. I thought they were like a cashier's check.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 12:50:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:08:48 PM EST
hahaha!!! I like the scamback story. That is exellent!

Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:12:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2004 1:14:27 PM EST by _Ugly_]
Some technology is illegal to ship out of this country.

edited to add... without proper paperwork.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:14:46 PM EST
SCAMALAMADINGDONG!
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:18:57 PM EST
No it doesn't sound like a scam.............................................It is a scam.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:20:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mauser101:
I wasn't aware that a money order could bounce. I thought they were like a cashier's check.



Forged............................ good for AR-15's, bad for money orders.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:24:32 PM EST
Tell him you only take money orders from Circle K
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 1:40:23 PM EST
One of the groups I support at the bank I work at is Loss Management. They have so much trouble with Nigerian fraud that they have a dedicated team to deal with it. I wouldn't touch anything from Nigeria with a 11 foot pole.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 2:19:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mauser101:
I wasn't aware that a money order could bounce. I thought they were like a cashier's check.



Cashier's checks can bounce as well. As pointed out above, they can be forged, so they eventually bounce, and your bank where you deposited/cashed it comes looking for you. Do you know what a valid money order/cashiers check from Nigeria looks like?

The scammer claims to be in a hurry so you don't wait for the money order to clear before shipping.

Besides, if you were in a hurry for a laptop, would you really order one from overseas?
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 8:04:04 PM EST
Is it time for Tannerite?

I told the guy I wasnt going to deal outside of the U.S. Plain and simple.

Now I got two more emails from different people (but it is the same guy or 'group', all the emails are originating from "webmail-outgoing.us4.outblaze.com" with different addys.) They must be hard up for a score.
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