Sorry if this has be repeated but it's worth a read because they are now
I have also put this in uk-d-i-y because I know you buy and sell expensive
tools on ebay
I received this warning, so I thought I would let you know. I know it is
true, because someone tried this with me, but I had heard about it and did
not get conned..
It does seem to originate from Nigeria and basically works like this:
* You have a car advertised (or other expensive item)
get an enquiry that immediately asks about payment methods, i.e, will you
accept a bankers cheque, what's the best price you will accept etc
* they offer to send a cheque without ever seeing your car
the cheque arrives for several thousand more that your car is selling for.
This can be either that its for shipping or its a mistake they sent the
wrong cheque because they are such a busy car dealer/agent
* the cheque will be a UK one but sent by courier from the states
bank says it looks genuine - you pay it in
* you get bombarded by emails from the buyer/scammer begging you to wire the
difference to them/the shipper (immediately and quickly).
* those idiots wire the money before it has cleared in their bank.
the cheque bounces because it is either counterfeit or lately its a
genuine cheque that
they cancel 2 days after you submit it to the bank.
Generally the grammar will be terrible, saying they are agents with a
client who wants your car. It will get complicated i.e send money to shipper
in USA, one day they will be in one country next they will be somewhere else
(in reality in an internet cafe somewhere) there may also be a
death/accident in their family
In the States this works well for them as the banks let you draw on funds
the moment a cheque is paid into the bank. Here it has to go through the
system yet people are getting stung! I warn on each reply from my site that
you should not sell your car to anyone that does not come to see it.
These people are actually not only targeting car sellers .... they are after
anything people are selling targeting ebay sellers etc. They are also
setting up dodgy escrow sites where they lure people to create an account -
even make payments to the site. Just beware and if using escrow check with
the site you are using for anything they may recommend!
Here's a forum of victims
People scamming the scammers
http://www.geocities.com/harryblumpkin/ --- funny