Questionable Online Sale

#1
I'm not quite sure what to do, so I thought I'd pose the question to the wise members of ARRSE.

Basically, I'm selling a phone on Amazon, and I got a buyer this morning. Problem is, while the address of the buyer is of a British name at a London address, the delivery address is to a random bloke in Lagos. Given I also got a rather suspicious email of the typical Nigerian scam type

Hello

Hope you're fine?. Am sorry for the late reply. i have a little problem, my son is very sick and i just came back from the hospital now, the payment has been made and i believed amazon would notify you. I was told by amazon to refer any questions related to my delivery to the seller. Please am sending this item as a gift present to my father, he is celebrating his birthday next week, since i will not be able to attend the birthday party i have decided to send this to him.

Please when you received amazon payments confirmation, I want you to send the item through Royal Mail Recorded Delivery (International Sign For) here is the shipping address.....

************
Lagos. ####
Nigeria

I don't want you to write the content on the package, you may just write gift item on it. Only put my father's name and the shipping address on the package. I want to surprise him when he opens the package. I will be responsible for anything that happens to the package.. and I will be awaiting your reply as soon as possible concerning postage details. Thanks

Regards
**
I'm not quite sure what to do. I emailed Amazon with my doubts, but haven't got anything back.
Is this worth pursuing, or if some woman's identity has been cloned, will her bank just pay it all back, and Amazon won't be arsed with the hassle?
 
#2
I'm not quite sure what to do, so I thought I'd pose the question to the wise members of ARRSE.

Basically, I'm selling a phone on Amazon, and I got a buyer this morning. Problem is, while the address of the buyer is of a British name at a London address, the delivery address is to a random bloke in Lagos. Given I also got a rather suspicious email of the typical Nigerian scam type



I'm not quite sure what to do. I emailed Amazon with my doubts, but haven't got anything back.
Is this worth pursuing, or if some woman's identity has been cloned, will her bank just pay it all back, and Amazon won't be arsed with the hassle?
Scam - avoid.
 
#3
Ta. Figured as much. They're not going to cost me any cash, but I don't fancy sending something to Nigeria. Hopefully Amazon should get back to me tomorrow. Thanks for a second opinion!
 
#4
If a payment does come through, I'd contact the bank, or possibly try to do the Gentleman's honour of contacting the address in London and asking about the purchase. I fthey know nothing about it, then you might want to hint that their card has been cloned.
 
#5
As said previously, it's a scam. Tell them to **** off, or better still post a pair of used underpants to the tosser.
 
#7
If a payment does come through, I'd contact the bank, or possibly try to do the Gentleman's honour of contacting the address in London and asking about the purchase. I fthey know nothing about it, then you might want to hint that their card has been cloned.
I tried that- I ran the address through Directory Enquiries, nothing, and I'm in Germany, so not likely to pop round, although I would if I were in London this week. Clearly the hotmail address has been hacked. Thing is, I either need to send the thing to Nigeria (bet it will cost more than I'll get) tomorrow or not at all and then get in trouble. Tried fbook too. Thing is, the things they're doing to prevent fraud in the first place are making it tricky for me to contact the 'buyer' directly.
 
#8
I tried that- I ran the address through Directory Enquiries, nothing, and I'm in Germany, so not likely to pop round, although I would if I were in London this week. Clearly the hotmail address has been hacked. Thing is, I either need to send the thing to Nigeria (bet it will cost more than I'll get) tomorrow or not at all and then get in trouble. Tried fbook too. Thing is, the things they're doing to prevent fraud in the first place are making it tricky for me to contact the 'buyer' directly.
if the postage is higher than what they are willing to pay, then I wouldn't send it. Am i right in guessing that you have to send the item before you get payment? Kind of a backwards Eaby?
 
#9
(I could also save myself a lot of bother... anyone want to buy a box-fresh black samsung galaxy sII with European and UK chargers? £200 ONO! Will post to Deutschland!)
 
#10
if the postage is higher than what they are willing to pay, then I wouldn't send it. Am i right in guessing that you have to send the item before you get payment? Kind of a backwards Eaby?
Yip. And as it's a certain value, I need to send it registered, so they could ask for proof of sending. The money sits with Amazon for 2 weeks, in case it becomes obvious the seller has mugged them off.
 
#11
(I could also save myself a lot of bother... anyone want to buy a box-fresh black samsung galaxy sII with European and UK chargers? £200 ONO! Will post to Deutschland!)
I'd be well up for that- some **** in Germany just let me down on one.
 
#12
Yip. And as it's a certain value, I need to send it registered, so they could ask for proof of sending. The money sits with Amazon for 2 weeks, in case it becomes obvious the seller has mugged them off.
.... and since proof of postage will have his "dads" name on it and item described as "GIFT" and not as an expensive phone you will get feck all from amazon.
He will most likely send you a fake amazon payment email too.

It's a scam, report it and move on.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
#13
company i worked for , used to sell conference tickets to bloody Nigerians on stolen credit cards . Then they would send a letter to the villains inviting them to conferences in Europe . so the buggers could fly into the uk for a few days stop over . few days my arse.

you were not talking just a few but tens and tens of them at a time . But then again this was the same company who let young lady reps walk around with 10 grands work of unreciepted entrance cash for months and months at a time as well.
 
#14
company i worked for , used to sell conference tickets to bloody Nigerians on stolen credit cards . Then they would send a letter to the villains inviting them to conferences in Europe . so the buggers could fly into the uk for a few days stop over . few days my arse.

you were not talking just a few but tens and tens of them at a time . But then again this was the same company who let young lady reps walk around with 10 grands work of unreciepted entrance cash for months and months at a time as well.
Sounds like a profitable model.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
not reallly the shares went from over £7 each to under £4 and still struggleing. serves em right for making me redundant in order to save costs grin .
 
#16
.... and since proof of postage will have his "dads" name on it and item described as "GIFT" and not as an expensive phone you will get feck all from amazon.
He will most likely send you a fake amazon payment email too.

It's a scam, report it and move on.
Cheers- double checked amazon payment email and that looked dodgy as **** on closer reading, so reported and ignored.
Thanks all, not a scam I'd heard of before!
 

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