Remember my laptop for sale?

eBay: Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop – XP Home, 40GB, DVD-RW (item 280114482613 end time May-13-07 06:18:28 PDT)

It sold, with buy it now.  I, being an idiot, forgot to check the box requiring immediate payment when that happens.  That made me nervous.  I looked at the buyer, and they registered with ebay the same day they made the purchase.  More nervous.  I did some research, their “real” name was the same name used by many Nigerian scammer types.  Their ebay account name was a direct variant of common Nigerian scammers (just a number change).  Their phone number was an area code that doesn’t exist.  So, the same day they bought the item, I reported them to ebay.  Within a few hours their account was cancelled.  I relisted the item same day.

So, scammer thwarted for the time being.  This morning I got the phony paypal email along with a message telling me where to ship the laptop (in Nigeria of course, even though I said I wouldn’t ship outside the US).  I’ll post them here in case somebody who happens to read is actually dumb enough to fall for this.


From: insurance notification
[mailto:insurer-notification@accountant.com]
Sent: Monday, May 14,
2007 6:14 AM
To: @jayratkowski.com
Subject: The Payment
Has Been Approved***Confirmation ID#4EX26051EE541871L
 
 
Welcome Send Money Request Money Merchant Tools Auction Tools

 

 
You’ve got cash!
 
Dear Daftparagon,
This email confirms that Mrs. Kemi Johnson have paid @jayratkowski.com
, US
$850.00 using PayPal.

Mrs. Kemi Johnson, just sent you
money with PayPal.

Mrs. Kemi Johnson, is a Verified Ebay and Paypal
Member.
 
Mrs. Kemi Johnson.



Payment Details.
 
Payment Confirmation ID#
4EX26051EE541871L.
Item
#
Item
Title
Quantity          Price
280114482613 Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop
– XP Home, 40GB, DVD-RW
         1   $550.00 USD

                                                                                                                                                          

Shipping & Handling:
 $300.00  
  Shipping Insurance: $00.00  
      Total:   $850.00
                                                                       
 Note:This
PayPal®payment has been deducted from the buyer’s account and has been “APPROVED” but will not be credited to your account until
the shipment tracking number is sent to our customers service for shipment
verification so as to secure both the seller and the buyer. (insurershipmentpaid@emailaccount.com)                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
         
                Shipping Information.
 
Address:
Verified.
 
    
Address:
Confirmed.




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You can contact our customer
service care at (insurershipmentpaid@emailaccount.com)

Thanks for using PayPal®. We look forward in serving your online
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Sincerely.
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And then, the e-mail from the “buyer” themself.

 


From: kemi ms [mailto:kemi_msxxx103@yahoo.com]

Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 6:18 AM
To: @jayratkowski.com
Subject: Thanks for your bussiness.. I have made
out my payment to you for this item purchased
(280114482613)
Hello Daftparagon,
     Thanks for
your bussiness.. I have made out my payment to you for this item purchased
(280114482613) Including the shipping cost which the is Amount $850.00  So you
can afford to have it Shipped out with the courier service (USPS-EMX 
GlobalOvernight Services ). You can shipped out the item as soon as you receive
the confirmation mail from PayPal. Make sure you send the Shipment tracking
number to PayPal through the confirmation you got for verification so they can
release the funds to your account immediately after you drop it off.
HERE’S
THE RECIEVER INFORMATION:
Name…………………………  Tunde
Johnson
Address………………………No 10 oba Akinjobi Street Ikeja

City……………………………Ikeja
Zip
code……………………..23401
State…………………………..Lagos
Country……………………….Nigeria
I
will also be expecting the shipment tracking number after you have shipped the
package.
Thanks for understanding,
Hope to do more bussiness with you in
the nearest
future.
Kemi

Jay

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