This scam is older than the internet but you’d be surprise by how many people still fall for it everyday. This is from The Underground
So here’s the story:
I’m in debt with bills from moving out on my own, bills, credit cards. So I decide to sell my laptop in order to make ends meet. It’s a MacBook Pro. Put it on Craig’s list for 1300 OBO. And got an offer from a guy named Gordon jones Roberts.
Saying he would pay asking price plus an additional 125$ for international shipping to Nigeria “where his son works abroad” Now take note that the guy lives in the US so I thought it was legit and I was just taking care of his Shipping to his son. (Which it’s his Brithday so I included a happy birthday card from “mummy and daddy”) which is also a scam story which I was stupid enough to believe.
He said he sent a pay pal payment to my email [email protected] which I got em email saying that 1425$ was pending into my account just waiting on a tracking number to complete the process. Sent in the tracking number and it said needed a couple hours to verify.
Got an email today saying the money bounced because the payment was sent to [email protected]” WITH 2 n’s! So fucking stupid…
Three things to take from this story. 1. If you’re selling anything online and the buyer mentions anything Nigeria or any other country surrounding Nigeria, it’s most likely a scam. They’ll even try to dupe you by saying they are based in the US and at the very last minute when you’re ready to ship, to send it to Nigeria. 2. If someone right off the bat wants to buy your item for the full price and will even give you a little bit extra, it’s a scam. The lure of coming up on a sale neutralizes the rational part of your brain that says this is fradulent. If something is too good to be true…it usually is. 3. This motherfuckers will send you a fradulent email that comes from Paypal saying that the money is in your account, you’ll send the item thinking the money is there and when you go to check your account, all your hopes and dreams will be squashed as you read the balance to be $0.00. Can we just nuke Nigeria off the face of this planet already?