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    Default Bloody Nigerians...

    G'day,

    I've posted ads to sell my trusty old sports car on both a US, and an Aussie Nissan Z Car website.

    I received the following reply fairly quickly:

    Hello,
    Am Mr Kelvin by name.Well am interested in purchasing your Item so i will like you to get back to me some of the details below about the Item
    The last asking price
    The current condition
    The picture of the Item
    Well get back to me ASAP
    Regards
    So I took a doz pics of the car, and wrote back with some further details etc...

    Then came this:

    Hello,
    Thanks for the mail and the positive answers and sorry for the late in response.I did like you to get back to me with this following information below...
    Your full Name....
    Address Not P.O.Box.....
    Your Contact Phone Number both Mobile and Home Number...
    Once i have this information from you i wont hasten to pass it down to my secretary to issue and send you of the cheque.. But take note that shipment cost will be included.
    Best regards
    Doh, I thought. Just a bloody scammer. Sounds non-native-English speaking too.

    To cap it off, just minutes ago, I got a repeat of the first email.

    What would you do? Ignore all future correspondence, or play along?


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    Put the address of your local police station and their phone number.

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    It's pretty severe Cosmic. I've had something similar but as a respondent to a classified ad for a camera. I've not enjoyed the experience at all.

    The funny thing is that the English was perfect, and they used things like an AU yahoo address, but then strangely a Phillipines bank account at the 11th hour.

    Other friends have had similar things with Porsche's being offerred up for 20k etc etc. I think advertised on the car sales website. Message for everyone there is a lot out there, some obvious, some clever but in all cases very little recourse!

    You could play along, and ask for their details instead, but it'll encourage them!

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    Yeah he hasn't even taken the time to notice that I said it's in Australia - his email is a yahoo US account.

    Guess I'll just treat his emails as spam from now... as they are.
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    for me, i dont have the time to waste, therefore, i just ignore it. forward them to my old man who will gladly have some fun at their expense.

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    Haha, yeah. So would someone - legit - from the US site you're putting in on, import your Z-car to the US?

    Anyone know the ballpark transport cost?

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    most likely not, from what i know importing to the US is pretty tough. And even if you could it will prob run at about A$6k.
    20' container cost about A$3k from sg to fremantle

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    Hate scammers, had it happen to me before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doofus View Post
    Put the address of your local police station and their phone number.
    Hmm good idea for next time!

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    Better still, give one bunch of scammers the details of another batch, and let them go to it.

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    Ask where he is so you know how much freight he is going to pay you and you can organise customs clearances ;-)
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    I strung a bunch of scammers along for a month or so a few years back and even went so far as to have them book me a 5 star hotel in Amsterdam for a face to face meeting.

    They were pissed when I didn't show up. There was no way I was traceable but they were able to confirm that I hadn't been on the flights I said I would be on and there were some nasty threats made in my direction.

    Be veeeery careful about playing with these people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tintinaujapon View Post
    I strung a bunch of scammers along for a month or so a few years back and even went so far as to have them book me a 5 star hotel in Amsterdam for a face to face meeting.

    They were pissed when I didn't show up. There was no way I was traceable but they were able to confirm that I hadn't been on the flights I said I would be on and there were some nasty threats made in my direction.

    Be veeeery careful about playing with these people.
    Hopefully they don't read these forums or you might have just given yourself away ;-) Burn down Perth until we find him!
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    It was in 2001 so I don't think I'm in any danger.

    The funniest part was that they wanted a passport copy. I found a pretty good US passport image on the Net (used by another scammer baiter) and with my non-existent Photoshop skills changed the name to James Tiberius Kirk and inserted a photo of him in full Federation outfit. I then insisted that they address me as Captain.

    I really didn't think I'd be able to lead them on as long as I did.

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    That made me laugh TinTin

    Decko, does sound pretty expensive I agree. I've heard of a few inbounds with UK imports to here, but also a very expensive exercise.

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    I've had the same thing for a Palm TX on Ebay from a "woman" from "the UK" - luckily I'm a cynic and noticed a fucking massacre of the English language (looking at threads you don't have to be nigerian) - but that was enough to put me off. Like the second poster, give them post address and phone of local police station
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    Quote Originally Posted by zbaron View Post
    Read this one instead:
    The Powerbook Prank: He wanted a Powerbook. We gave him a P-P-P-Powerbook!

    Was written by the person who actually performed this prank
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    that was power back in the days! really stuffed the scammer over from what i remember

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmytomtam View Post
    Read this one instead:
    The Powerbook Prank: He wanted a Powerbook. We gave him a P-P-P-Powerbook!

    Was written by the person who actually performed this prank
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