Defense Against Crime

30/05/2010

Beware Ferengi Merchants from West Africa

PepperEyes.com is an online supplier of a wide variety of high quality, discount Pepper Sprays and discount Stun Guns, and other protection products. We advertise on many of the FREE internet selling site. And like other citizens and merchants who sell on the internet we get our share of scam buyers.  

Here is an example of one we received the other day.
  

Calvin Klein
May 29 at 3:56pm
 

  

Hi i am interested in buying your item Displayed, i want to buy your item for my relative who is currently in West Africa in a missionary school as a seminarian,unfortunately celebrating his Birthday (His very crazy about this item),if you can mail to explain the actual condition presently, i am willing to offer $50, with the shipping and handling to Nigeria,also i want you get back to me with your paypal e-mail ID so that i can transfer your money to your paypal account as soon as possible,get back to me on my e-mail (kleincalvin52@yahoo.com) Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.

Thanks and God bless

 

 Emails from internet buyers (usually foreign, or from Nigeria) offering you more than your selling price if you accept their check or money order are typical. The fact that this is a scam may seem obvious but there are lots of variations on this theme that fool people every day. Don’t add your name to the growing list of Craigslist, Oodle or other internet fraud victims. Be smart, be aware and if in doubt ask your friends or someone with internet savvy what they think if things sound fishy.
 

 Here are a few pointers that let me know that this is a scam buyer.

  • The Name – Either this is Marty McFly in 1955 or the Jean maker. I don’t doubt there are people named Calvin Klein. But it just raises a flag
  • They will ask if you would be willing to ship your item, often to overseas. (Examples: it’s a gift for someone who is studying or working in Africa, it’s for their relative, client, etc.)
  • Willing to pay more than the item is listed for. The item in question is listed for $10.47 and they are offering to pay more than I am asking or asking you to ship to a foreign country (usually Nigeria or any place in West Africa.
  • My advertisement clearly has a link to my store front where they can purchase the item. So why should I would I have to go through the extra steps.

 More details:

•At best, a seller will ship their item and not receive any money.
•They might send the seller a check for more money than you asked for and ask you to send some amount back under a complicated excuse. (Examples: send money to their “shipping agent”, the check was from their “client” and they ask you to send them their cut, they made a mistake, etc.).
•The check is fake and the seller’s bank will bounce it in a few weeks. 

Please be very careful when dealing with people in West Africa, or asking to send to West Africa. FraudWatchers told us that because of the high rate of corruption in Benin, many Nigerians work from Benin, where they would not be prosecuted. Benin, Togo, Nigeria and Cameroon are countries with the highest incidents of fraudulent behaviour in West Africa. 

You will also note that instead of buying from PepperEyes.com they wanted me to send them my PayPal E-mail address. While PayPal is one of the most safest ways to transfer money, customers need to be aware of fake e-mails like the ones below. PayPal offers great buyer and seller protection programs, so long as operate in the in their rules. 

========================================…
*PAYPAL PAYMENT APPROVED*
========================================…
  

PAYPAL MONEY PAYMENT APPROVED*
Dear, <Your name>
 

Congratulations! The order placed by the buyer of your item to have a ® payment of (dollars) sent to you as payment for the item (xxxxxxxxxxxxx) has been successfully processed and has consequently been APPROVED. The financial details of the transaction are stated in the confirmation mail.We will send you a confirmation mail in the next 10 mins:
 

—————————————
 

Or 

Dear <your name>
 

Paypal Authority is using this opportunity to inform you that a transaction of $830.00 USD will be transferred into your paypal account. The transaction was received from Mrs.Serah Mog Ugbo for the item bought from you, we will like you to provide us with the shipment tracking number for the item and as soon as this is done your money will be transferred into your account in 24/48 hours,
 

Always log into paypal directly (don’t use any link in the e-mail) and verify any funds. You may want to wait a few days to make sure. You many also ask PayPal to verify the funds. They offer get services to protect you. 

We want to give you the following advice on avoiding scams to anyone using their service:
  • Trust your instincts (always the best defense)
  • Deal only with local buyers and sellers, or reputable dealers (internet store fronts with a good reputation)
  • NEVER wire funds to a distant buyer, via Western Union or any other carrier (the extra amount they want back)
  • Be wary if the other party wants to use an escrow service such as BidPay, Squaretrade, or even PayPal (see fake emails above)
  • NEVER give out personal financial information (eBay or PayPal login info, checking account number, SSN, etc.)

     PepperEyes.com is dedicated to meeting the safety needs of you, your friends, or your family members by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and property arm yourself with our products and the knowledge about the best way to stay safe in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. 

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