Scammers =/

Recently I was lucky enough to win a really nice Canon Powershot SX110IS. I already owned a Canon 350D though, so decided to sell the PowerShot. I placed ads on both CapeAds and the local Gumtree. I’ve previously used both services successfully without any hassles, so wasn’t expecting any trouble.

Anyway, after a few days I got a reply from the Cape Ads; a lady in America wanted to buy the camera for a foster child of hers in Nigeria. Now as soon as I saw Nigeria, I became sceptical, no offense to Nigerians, but they are world renowned for scams but I thought hey, this might be legit. So anyway I replied and asked for some more details, went and got some quotes from DHL for shipping to Nigeria (R1000) and sent it back. A couple days later I got an email from the “Bank of America”, it had one or two legitimate things, the logo etc. But the email originated from some random address, and the reply email address was at the same domain. The link they had to the Bank of America was also stuffed up and didn’t work. The e-mail stated that this lady had made the transfer, but that the bank was holding the money until they had proof that I had posted the item, that is they wanted me to send them the tracking code of the item, and then they’d deposit the money into my account.

So, to me it looked pretty evident that this is a scam. And there was no way I was going to send off the package till the money was in my account. Since this incident, I have received 4 or 5 separate e-mails, all from people with western rather “posh” name. When I received the first e-mail I Googled the e-mail adders. It came up with a result of a guy who was also trying to sell something, he had received an email from “Paypal”, similar kind of setup to mine. Money’s been payed, send tracking code, money will be deposited, he was asking whether the e-mail looked legit or not, no certain replies, but I imagine it was a similar scam.

I’ve listed a bunch of e-mail addresses and names below here which I believe to be those belonging to scammers, if you happen to come here while searching for one of these addresses, well then maybe I’ve saved someone form being scammed.

Bottom line, if it has Nigeria being mentioned anywhere, it’s probable not safe.

So that was the first story. Got another reply, from Gumtree this time, a chap in Jo’burg was interested in buying the camera, he said he’d pay money in during the week, so later that week I checked my bank account, and there was a nice deposit to the total of R13,500. He was only supposed to deposit R2,600. He phoned me a couple times over the next few days pressing me to send the package, this I didn’t do, because the money still hadn’t cleared in my account. 5 days later The cheque bounced Along with this a nice R55 bank charge. I received the cheque, apparently the cheque book had been stolen, and the company canceled it.

I eventually got the camera sold with a nice in person encounter with a cold hard cash transfer :)

List of scam attemptees:

davidsnosh@gmail.com

Thanks a lot,i am presently on a business trip, and i am really and wanting to purchase this for my son in Nigeria as a chrismas gift, so i will offer you R3300 , including shipping and get back to me with your bank account details or pay fast, So that i can transfer the money to account.
thanks.

ponenbrian007@yahoo.com (Ponen Brian)

hi is deon do u stil have the canon pls cal me on 0795559760.thanks

anneahres@hotmail.com (Anne Ahres)

thank you for your mail.please I will like to tell you that am that am buying the item for my son in Africa as his birthday which is coming up soon,I would love to have to come to your home and to collect and pay cash, but the nature of my work will not permit me, so I need your help by sending it to him,am willing to pay R4000, including postage to (Nigeria), I need your bank details so that I can make payment by bank transfer immediately.

lindwat_12@yahoo.com (Linda Watson Abrahams) Telephone number: +447024036645

Hello seller,
Thank you for the mail,i will like this lovely item to my friend in west africa who work with the british reffineries company over and i want this lovely item to him as a birthday gift aslo i will like to offer you R4000for the item and the postage cost tosend it to him and i hope the item is in Good Working Condition and i want it to him well wrapped because i want ti to serve as gift for him ok….
Furthermore i will await your response with your full name and bank details so that i can pay for the item as soon as possible…
Thank….

rosesmithpowell@gmail.com (Lamp Ken)

Hi
i am interested in buying your item i just want to know if this item is still for sell,i want to present my pastor child who is currently studying in west Africa as a congratulatory gift,if you can mail to explain the actual condition presently and the actual price including shipping and insurance via USPS Global e-mail registration to west africa, as soon as possible,Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.Thanks and God bless

This was the e-mail I received from the “Bank of America”

Bank of America

Dear Gareth Cawood,

This is an automated generated email from Bank Of America to inform you that you have just received payment from our customer Rose Powell for an Junk mail item 110403144356 (Canon PowerShot SX110IS, 9MP ). This payment has just been sent, so you are to allow 24 hours after shipment details have been provided by you and verified before payment is transferred to your account.

Please view the transfer details below if accurate.

Below Are The Payment Details For This Transfer………………….. ..

Seller’s Junk id:***************

Name On Account: *****************

Bank Name: *****************
Account Number: *****************
Branch code:************
Bank Type: ****************
Bank Location:****************

Transfer moneyR4057.00.

Creditor’s Banking Information.

Buyer’s Junk Mail ID : rosesmithpowell@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Name On Account:Rose Powell

Account Number: 01783145
Creditor’s Bank Name: Bank Of America
Bank Branch: Georgia District: Bank Of America

Postage Information:

Name:Adeshina Olaitan
Address: 15,Ogunsami Street,
City: Itire/Surulere
State: Lagos
Postal Code: 23401
Country: Nigeria

Transfer Description

ABOUT THIS MESSAGE:

This payment has been approved and it is pending shipment details for the transfer. You are to send out the item that has been paid for by our client and send the shipment details to us in other for negotiations to be commenced with your bank and finally transfer the money to your account. If the shipment details is not received, payment will not be credited into your account.

Failure to send out the item and provide the bank with the shipment details will result to a complain file to Junk Mail against you as a suspected fraud. We have come to notice that some sellers after receiving payment, they do not send out the item or items that where paid for, and when this happens, customers come to hold the bank responsible and not the seller.

When the shipment details are received from you, we will start the verification process. Contacts will be made to the agency that shipment was done with. Some sellers provide fake shipment details. If it turns out that the shipment details are false, this automatically means the you are a scam and will be reported to the Authorities for an immediate arrest.

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Details of possible scammers (from other people)

anitabaker.baker1@gmail.com
Buyer’s ID : nelly.brown29@yahoo.com
Name On Account: Nelly Brown
Account Number: 65357695884

Thanks for mail me back. Am Giggi by Name I’m Doctor here in south Africa But now i have already move down to California, I want you to know that am buying this item for my fiance who went to Africa to visit Resort. Because is going be are birthday Gift so I want it packed properly,So i will like you to know Am Offering you R7,200.00 for the item and R250 for the shipment Through FedEx Or Ups,and also I will like you to take Off the ad from the website you Post it so that Another People won’t take this item from my fiance so kindly Get Back to me with your Full Name and your PayPal Email or your Bank Details so that i can Commence on the Payment..

Regard.

Thanks for mail me back. Am Giggi by Name I’m Doctor here in south Africa But now i have already move down to California, I want you to know that am buying this item for my fiance who went to Africa to visit Resort. Because is going be are birthday Gift so I want it packed properly,So i will like you to know Am Offering you R7,200.00 for the item and R250 for the shipment Through FedEx Or Ups,and also I will like you to take Off the ad from the website you Post it so that Another People won’t take this item from my fiance so kindly Get Back to me with your Full Name and your PayPal Email or your Bank Details so that i can Commence on the Payment..

Regard.

Name On Account:Mr Daniel Mark

Account Number: 01783145

Creditor’s Bank Name: Bank Of America

Bank Branch: Georgia District: Bank Of America

Name:Barry Jame

Address:12,Ramoni Oke street ,

City: Itire surulere

State: Lagos

Postal Code: 23401

Country: Nigeria

13 thoughts on “Scammers =/

  1. Hi,
    This Anne Pedro contacted us with the same story to buy a cellphone. She used a Paypal notification to swindell the deal. She also uses the mail address Anne.pedro@gmail.com and we traced it back to the link anneahres@hotmail.com.
    Attached is the paypal notification linking it to the mail address servicepayment@in.com

    Use PayPal Next Time!
    Our records indicate that you have a PayPal account. For future purchases, use your PayPal account for a faster and more convenient checkout. Your financial information is securely stored and never shared.

    Dear *******************
    This email confirms that you have an Instant Payment of $850.00 USD from Anne Pedro (anne.pedro1@gmail.com) by using PayPal.
    ________________________________________
    Payment Details

    Purchased From:****************
    Seller Id: ************.net

    Transaction ID:5HS50308X5616661V

    Item Number Item Title Quantity Price Subtotal
    ######## Goods 1 $850.00 USD $850.00 USD

    Postage & Packing via Standard Delivery (FedEx):
    (includes any seller packing fees) $00,00 USD
    Postage Compensation (not offered): —

    Total: $850.00 USD
    ________________________________________
    Payment Information:
    The payment for a Goods ,has been verified and confirmed by us. But due to security reasons on both sides of the buyer and the seller the status of the payment is pending. Most sellers do not ship out the items after receiving their money,we are keep on securing the site community.we urge you to post out the item and email us with the shipment reference number and then we will verified your PayPal Account immediately. We will then verify the status and contents of the shipment within 2-3 days with the courier service its been shipped through.
    Once we have completed verification, your account will be credited instantly.

    Receipt Number: 3746-5018-2597-9339

    Keep your Receipt Number (shown above) for future reference. You will need to refer to this number if you need customer service from PayPal.
    Quickly email the PayPal representative who is handling the transaction to provide the shipment reference number for any questions contact us via: (servicepayment@in.com) immediately with the shipment reference number so we can credit your account immediately without any delay.

    Note: Do not send the shipment reference number to the buyer until we have confirmed the status of the shipment and credited your PayPal Account.

    ________________________________________
    Delivery Information

    Address:
    Echesana Kelvin,
    57 Onipede Street,
    Off Aborishade,
    Lawanson
    Surulere,
    Lagos,
    23401,
    Nigeria.

    Address Status:
    Confirmed

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  2. Just had the same mail for Junkmial:

    Am glad you replied,am Julie Martins a pastor,but due to my missionary job,i was transferred out of the country,i am willing to buy these item as a gift for my son who went to west africa to school,whose birthday is around the corner.I am willing to pay R3,500 for the item and shipping cost,i will be very grateful if you can assist me in shipping the item down to him.so kindly get back to me with your full bank details so i can make the total deposit into your account.hope to read from you soon.

  3. I’m so glad I found this page. I just went through the same thing selling my cell phone on CraigsList. A person by the name of Janet Chris tried to swindle me with the same address as the ones above.

    “here is the shipping address so go and do the shipping now and am on my way to do the payment for get back to me with the receipt and the confermation page with the tracking number

    Name : Femi Adediran
    Address : 72,Aina Street Ijeshatedo
    City : Surulere
    State : Lagos
    Zip Code : 23401
    Country : Nigeria.”

    They followed up by saying that the payment was sent and they are waiting for me to email the shipping confirmation code. I checked my PayPal and there was no record of the deposit.

    I also noticed that her email was from yahoo, rather than PayPal itself, which is a pretty big giveaway. In addition, the follow up email from “PayPal” had typo’s, spacing errors in the copy, and looked very unprofessional. All of these were clues to stay away.

    It might even be the same person as the anne.pedro one above. Stay cautious!

  4. Exact same thing happened to me, some wanker called travis ross from america wanted me to send him a phone to nigeria….. hell no.

  5. Exact same thing happened to me, some lady called wendy adams from america wanted me to send him a phone to nigeria address:
    Echesana Kelvin,
    57 Durojaiye Street ,Off Aborishade
    Lawanson
    Surulere
    Lagos
    23401
    Nigeria

    • hi guys i’m on the case with wendy adams she is busy trying to take my iphone from me!! and she won’t stop messaging me on facebook.

      • I cannot believe that Wendy Adams is still trying to get something our of someone.

        I also tried to sell a cell phone and she also just contacted me wanting to send it to Nigeria!!

  6. Hi, wendy adams is also interested in buying my wedding dress for her daughter in
    Nigeria, asked for my banking details, but I first checked the address to where it is to be shipped and found this!

  7. Wendy Adams is at it again trying to buy goods to be sent to Nigeria. This is a BAD NEWS person and must be avoided at all costs. She gives her ID number as 6703190053085. When Googled, the scam reports come through load and strong. AVOID HER although she will pop up soon with a different name and e-mail address. Her preserent e-mail address as at 4 Nov 2011, is [wendyadams33@hotmail.com]

  8. I’ve got the same thing

    Thanks for the mail.please i will like to inform you that,am buying the item for my daughter in Nigeria as her birthday gift because is around the corner.so i will have loved to come over and pick it up but the nature of my job will not permit me.i need your help by sending the item to her in west Africa via DHL OR EMS.am willing to pay R7,500 for the item including the postage cost.kindly get back to me with your bank details,so that i can make the payment.my:ID 6703190053085

    Account Name
    Account Number
    Bank Name
    Bank Code
    Bank Branch.

    I will be expecting your response.
    Wendy Adams

  9. Here is another Wendy Adams story.
    She contacted me through Junk mail.
    wendyadams33@hotmail.com

    Thanks for the mail.please i will like to inform you that, i am buying both items for my daughter and pastor’s son in Nigeria as their birthday gift because is around the corner.so i will have loved to come over and pick it up but the nature of my job will not permit me.i need your help by sending the items to them in west Africa via POST OFFICE OR EMS.am willing to pay R16,500 for the item including the postage cost.kindly get back to me with your bank details,so that i can make the payment.my:ID 6703190053085

    Account Name
    Account Number
    Bank Name
    Bank Code
    Bank Branch.

    I will be expecting your response.
    Wendy Adams

  10. I have Some person with a guy name kelvin echesana trying to get my phone that is for sale on eBay classifieds. I have got many emails about people in Nigeria trying to get me to send them my phone, I also have it on eBay it sold Nd got a fake PayPal letter from a yahoo Adress saying it was pending tracking number closed out the page open a new page and went to PayPal myself to not use any link that was in the email and no money in my account. Sent back an email that informed I will report them and shame on them. Please don’t send your things to these people . We need a way to stop them wish we could track them but they are using google numbers to contact me this is the second phone that I have sold recently and they are after me.

  11. I just recived the same type text from (1/2)Here is the shipping address below… Name :Samuel Jeremiah, Address : 12,Ogunfehintimi, street, Itire,City : Ijeshatedo, Country : Nigeria State : Lagos funny thing is I googled to see where it was and all I got was scammers websites thank you guys

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