Oct 24, 2011, 2:28 AM
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Username: jexbrister - Classifieds Buyer Scam
The following scam has been reported:
On 22-Oct-2011 someone submitted their contact information in response to your ad in the Dropzone.com Classifieds. Please reply to this email to contact the person directly.
Username => jexbrister
Name => Jex
FromEmail => firstname.lastname@example.org
City => WA
Country => USA
Comments => Hello, I want to purchase your item is still for sale ? What is the final price and what is the condition of the item ?I would like to pay using PayPal,After payments has been made i will arrange for pick up of the item as soon as possible...Looking forward in reading back from you soonest.
DO NOT do business with anyone who offers to send you payment for a higher amount than your selling price with the understanding that you'll send back the balance.
Be suspicious of anyone claiming to be acting on behalf of a "client" or another "customer".
Be suspicious of anyone claiming to be from Nigeria or West Africa
If you agree to accept a check payment, then do not send anything, gear or "change" before the check cleared. And be careful, if you manage to clear a fraudulent check then you may be liable for the damages if the bank finds out later. Make sure your bank authenticates the check.
If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.
The initial indicators are how the user asked for 'The Item' instead of referring to what it actually was. And the way that they mentioned it will be picked up. The scammers are primarily buyers and they use phishing schemes, unfortunately paypal has become a channel of fraud now too, which wasn't the case a couple years ago and the cheque payment would be a big red flag. Makes it a little more difficult now to differentiate between legit and scammers.