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Scammed!!! First time ever in my life!

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by TurboMirageCoupe, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. TurboMirageCoupe

    TurboMirageCoupe New Member

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    Posted this on the MirageForums, figured I'd share my Pissed Offness With you guys as well. Also Beware of the paypal sh!t!

    Well, lets just start off by saying how fu'kn pissed i am. I know some part of it is my fault for not being skeptical but when you read this and look at it youll see why:


    "I posted a playstation 3 on Craigslist and got a response from a woman claiming to be from the same area over seas attending the olympics. She said she was interested and wanted to purchase this for a friend who lived in West Africa Nigeria. Said that she would pay the international shipping charges. I agreed considering I got a confirmation email from paypal. I shipped the item as stated to do so and provide tracking info which i did and then recieved another email from paypal saying that upon verification on tracking number i would get the total amount owed to me deposited into my Paypal account. Ive recieved emails from the paypal email address in the past so therefor I didnt think anything as far as a scam. I waited for a few hours and then decided to call paypal and was informed. they no longer use that email address anymore and this was a fraudulent transaction. And then was provided a Website to file a claim I contacted to USPS to try and stop shipment but have yet to hear a response form them. Please help!"
    Email trail.....
    #1
    From: lara brown <larabrown3@hotmail.com>
    To: <ricejr97@att.net>
    Subject: RE: PS3 Bundle-w/games,stand,3 contrlrs,bluetooth - $550

    Hi,i am interested in buying it but i hope it's in good working condition though i would have loved to come over and inspect
    it but i am not in the country right now, i am in China due to the on going Olympics and will like you to assist me in shipping it
    over to a friend of mine who works in west Africa. I will be adding an extra $150 for shipping which i am sure will cover the
    shipping cost. I will pay you through paypal, pls get back to me as soon as you can if you have a paypal account and send me a
    money request of the total and i will make the payment,but if you don't have an account just go to www.paypal.com and sign up for a
    personal account since it's free .This is my paypal account email- larabrown2@gmail.com. Hoping to hear from you soon.
    #2
    From: lara brown <larabrown3@hotmail.com>
    To: <ricejr97@att.net>
    Subject: RE: PS3 Bundle-w/games,stand,3 contrlrs,bluetooth - $550 (Ft Campbell Ky/Clarksville/Oak Grove)


    The shipping address is

    #21 Udoka Estate Awka
    Anambra State, 23446
    Nigeria.

    I am sure the shipping cost won't even exceed $130 but you can find out using Express Mail International under USPS which is my preferred shipping method and get back to me with your paypal money request so that i can make your payment and if it's possible to take it back to factory setting then do so before shipping it.Thanks and i await your paypal money request.

    From: ricejr97@att.net
    To: larabrown3@hotmail.com
    Subject: RE: PS3 Bundle-w/games,stand,3 contrlrs,bluetooth - $550 (Ft Campbell Ky/Clarksville/Oak Grove)
    Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 18:18:43 +0000
    If you can get me an address to confirm the shipping quote would only be 150 I will send it immediately. I also added 2 more games madden 07 and Soul Calibur 2. It is in very good working condition. I have more photos and can take video of me using it. I have some music files on the HD which i can take everything back to factory settings if youd like...please let me know. My number is 931-302-9662. And yes i have paypal. Thanks
    Thomas
    -------------- Original message from lara brown <larabrown3@hotmail.com>: --------------

    Hi,i am interested in buying it but i hope it's in good working condition though i would have loved to come over and inspect
    it but i am not in the country right now, i am in China due to the on going Olympics and will like you to assist me in shipping it
    over to a friend of mine who works in west Africa. I will be adding an extra $150 for shipping which i am sure will cover the
    shipping cost. I will pay you through paypal, pls get back to me as soon as you can if you have a paypal account and send me a
    money request of the total and i will make the payment,but if you don't have an account just go to www.paypal.com and sign up for a
    personal account since it's free .This is my paypal account email- larabrown2@gmail.com. Hoping to hear from you soon.

    ***Money Request sent through Paypal
    #3
    From: lara brown <larabrown3@hotmail.com>
    To: <ricejr97@att.net>
    Subject: RE: PS3 Bundle-w/games,stand,3 contrlrs,bluetooth - $550 (Ft Campbell Ky/Clarksville/Oak Grove)
    Date: Saturday, August 23, 2008 2:45:56 AM [View Source]

    Sorry but i didin't get your money request, can you just send me the full name you used in opening the paypal account and your paypal email or you send the request again.Thanks
    ****Sent my Paypal Info
    #4
    From: lara brown <larabrown3@hotmail.com>
    To: <ricejr97@att.net>
    Subject: RE: PS3 Bundle-w/games,stand,3 contrlrs,bluetooth - $550 (Ft Campbell Ky/Clarksville/Oak Grove)
    Date: Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:17:09 PM [View Source]

    I just made your payment some minutes ago so once paypal notifies you let me know and by the way the shipping address is

    Collins Okeke
    #21 Udoka Estate Awka
    Anambra State, 23446
    Nigeria.

    I will appreciaite it if you can have it shipped out today because i already told the person receiving it that it's on the way.You are to make use of Express Mail International under USPS in doing the shipment which is the shipping method i paid for.Thank you for the business.

    *****First Paypal notification email
    [​IMG]
    *****2nd Paypal email
    [​IMG]
    *****Third Email
    [​IMG]


    So i waited for a few hours and nothing. I searched their website to see how long it takes to do the tracking verification and found nothing. A little worried i called them and explained it, and was told to hold they were xfer'ing me to a specialist. Huh? Why? then was told this " they no longer use that email address anymore and this was a fraudulent transaction. And then was provided a Website to file a claim"

    Dear Thomas Rice, Hello my name is Brandee, I am sorry to hear about the situation regarding your account, and understand your frustration and concern overthis issue. I am happy to assist you with your questions. We completed our investigation and found that your transaction wasn't covered under our Seller Protection Policy. You may want to consider trying to recover your funds outside of PayPal using other methods. For example, you may want to consider filing a report with your local police department or filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureauof Justice Assistance and the National White Collar Crime Center. They review and evaluate complaints and refer the information to the appropriate local, state, or federal agency. To learn more about IC3 or file a complaint with them, , you can use thefollowing link Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Home We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding this matter, andwish you continued success on PayPal. Sincerely,Brandee PayPal Resolution ServicesPayPal, an eBay Company

    Now im waiting for all this shjt to take palce and get contact back form the USPS to stop shipment. I mean Ive always bought shjt and paid through paypal just never requested money i dont think. I am fu'kn sick to my stomach, on edge, ready rto kill someone. !!!! What sucks the most is i had an offer 75$ less from a soldier here on base but wanted that little extra for my motor fund!
     
  2. GSRCRXsi

    GSRCRXsi Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    problem number 1. they mentioned nigeria and you continued communication.

    problem 2. i never ship anything until the money is in my account. my bank account, not my paypal account.

    did you check your paypal account at all? did the money make it into your paypal account? what happened after that? did they pull all their money back?
     
  3. GSRCRXsi

    GSRCRXsi Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    edit, oh wait, you fell for the emails, paypal doesnt make you wait when you sell something to get your money. if you sell something, the money they send is immediately in your account. youre stupid lol.
     
  4. eg6sir

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    agreed ^^^ thats the most widely known scam.. never communicate w/ some from Nigeria, unless its to drag them along for the fun of it
     
  5. TurboMirageCoupe

    TurboMirageCoupe New Member

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    Well shes tated she was from this area found listing on the local CL.....in China for Olympics, etc etc etc. Ive gotten several emails form her oin the apst hour. Im intercepting the package as soon as possible. Thing is PO isnt open on Sundays and I tracked this item and its in Louisville Ky the HUB. Im going to drive all the wa to Nashville to the post office and submit the stop delivery form b4 it hits customs.
    As far as hearing the word Nigeria? I jsut read about teh nigeria scams. Did i think to look b4 hand? No, Never sold anything besides a few parts here and there but that was guys on the forum. CL EBAY etc etc never used but got excited. Seemed ok considering the email form PAYAPL, were the same ones Ive recieved in the past, well form the sme email addy. service@paypal.com
     
  6. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Sorry you got scammed man.

    Do not sell stuff overseas, they have their own ebays over there, so if you get someone trying to buy here and get you to ship there, they are most likely scamming you. Always always be skeptical.
     
  7. George777

    George777 ^^ Likes Bewbies

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    I sold my PS3 to some guy in Penn. I got a very similar email from PayPal that he got, stating the remainder of the money would be deposited into my account upon the recipient getting the package. I had to enter the tracking number of the item on the PayPal account. I didn't think it was legit, so I called and emailed PayPal, and they verified that was their procedure.

    I ended up getting the rest of the money deposited into my account, and all ended well.

    Sucks you have to go through this man. Hope it turns out better than it currently is.
     
  8. awptickes

    awptickes unimpressed by you VIP

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    Don't trust email traffic. Email is inherently trusting. Don't trust a system that trusts everyone. This is why I refuse to allow someone to pay me via paypal if I haven't requested payment. More records, and then I know that it's a valid email address.

    Check your paypal account, don't believe email. Did you look at the full email headers?


    Sorry you got scammed, but honestly, you deserved it. Srsly, Nigeria? lol.
     
  9. moparfwdsleeper

    moparfwdsleeper I'm here to lurk!

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    PayPal will not block your transaction details.

    There are key points in the emails that say things arent right...

    I will be adding an extra $150 for shipping which i am sure will cover the
    shipping cost. --- Always are willing to send more money then needed, if they have the money to throw around like that they would have owned one already.

    can you just send me the full name you used in opening the paypal account and your paypal email or you send the request again. --- I'd be wondering why she/he would be wanting more information then needed, full name?

    I will appreciaite it if you can have it shipped out today because i already told the person receiving it that it's on the way.You are to make use of Express Mail International under USPS in doing the shipment which is the shipping method i paid for.Thank you for the business. ---Talk about pushy!

    I've been through this before, received a check in the mail for $4700... Sound great, but still had to call the bank where the check came from. Luckily my doubts was right and it was a fake check. I still have the check, reminds me not to jump into deals that are to good to be true when you cant make the exchange face to face. Good luck with your refund, hope the best for you. Keep us updated.
     
  10. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Instant payment of 700? Wow, you were just sucked right in, eh?

    Everything about that whole transaction was red flags.
     
  11. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    :withstupid:

    it had them all
    over seas buyer
    shipped to separate address
    sending more money than needed
    Nigeria
     
  12. TurboMirage

    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    wow. i can't believe people still fall for this....

    sucks that you got scammed, but even my mom knows that this is a scam
     
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    BodyDroppedNikes ...PENDEJO.... VIP

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    BodyDroppedNikes ...PENDEJO.... VIP

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    That's just fucking ridiculous... :disgust1:
     
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    BrutalB83 Brutal Moderator Moderator VIP

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    Yeah, I saw that, pretty funny! :D
     
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    yea... but in about every case, nobody gets a damn shirt..
     
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