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the story of an invisible girl
Oy... usually eBay works so well. Apparently this is not my time to be lucky!

hello seller.
God day to you,Hope all is fine and ok with you and your family.I am
happy to be the highest bidder on your item,My name is Dr Richard
Benjamin,i am buying your item and i am ready to make then transaction
as soon as possible.i want this item ship to my hospital in africa for
the matron of the charity home.i will the like to item ship to her via
UPS with their fastest service.i will be responsible for the shipping
cost to her overthere.
Kindly help me calculate the shipping and get back to me with the grand
total including shippinmg to nigeria.You can calculate the shippimng
cost at www.ups.com with the weight of the package and the address
ADDRESS:(removed, to be polite)

Somehow I doubt that he'll be paypalling me the $191 required to ship to Nigeria. Darn it, how annoying!
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piotr36 From: piotr36 Date: April 19th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe he'll offer you a way to get some money from the Nigerian ex-president, minus a finder's fee. It will only cost $3500 to leverage the 3.5 million currently locked in the Nigerian treasury...
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: April 19th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
easytiger had a very similar problem recently.
anderale From: anderale Date: April 19th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
ugh! When I sell anything on ebay, I list US and Canada as the only places I will ship to so I can avoid that problem. But you never know. Maybe he will pay it.
marsgov From: marsgov Date: April 19th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
What are the rules? In other words, do you owe eBay money for this sale?

Also, if this person sends money to PayPal and then PayPal finds out that it came from a stolen credit card, who's out the money -- you or PayPal?

I mean, if the money is in your PayPal account, and it's real, and it can't be taken away... after all, money is money.

But I agree that this is a problem on the face of it. Hey, what did you sell this guy?
xtatic1 From: xtatic1 Date: April 19th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


You never know - he may be a relative of that guy who keeps sending me emails asking for help to transfer funds out of Africa and into some bank account or other. ; )
creepyboi From: creepyboi Date: April 19th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
what exactly were you selling anyway??
From: eviljohn Date: April 19th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Almost certainly a scam.


If they send you a money order or check it will be a forgery.

(googled "ebay shipping nigeria scam")
zanthrin From: zanthrin Date: April 19th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gotta love those Nigerian offers -- we get one or two per month for Sluggy orders. They usually order "50 size large white of your shirt" from our store, or something like that, and request fast shipping. Most of the time we ignore them; once in a while I lead them on for a while so that I can get more credit card numbers out of them (which we then report to the card agency to make sure they're cancelled). Sorry you got hit with it :(

Oh, also, as you might guess -- one of the reps I talked with at Visa said that there are almost *never* authentic credit card orders to Nigeria. Not sure why it's mainly there...
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