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Newset African Scam????????(3 posts)

Newset African Scam????????NavProMS
Dec 12, 2003 2:23 PM
This interesting message was sent to me. I told him I could not send anything outside of the US. Maybe the newest twist in the African scam??? If he's for real I appologize in advance.

Hello,
How are you doing today? I hope you and your family are fine?I am based in South Africa, I came across you classified ad and I am interested in purchasing the merchandise you put up for sale the price is a little on the high side please give me your last asking price and I would need a picture or some more info so as to be able to make up my mind about the purchase. Please email me at your earliest convenience so that we may conclude on the purchase.
Best Regards Josh
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Hard to tell...davet
Dec 12, 2003 5:53 PM
Treat him as you would any other potential buyer until you either get paid with a real monetary instrument, or with a fake. Either way, all you've invested is your time.

Usually one of the key phrases or twist to the 'scam' is that they want to pay you with a "cashiers check" for more than your item is selling for, and then want you to send them the excess money. If that is asked for, it is a sure sign of a scam.

Another key is that they will tell you that their "shipper" will pick the item up. Unless your item is tremendously valuable, that usually doesn't happen in a real sale.

I've got 7 fake "cashiers check" hanging on my wall, and all the "buyers" had some variation of those two keys previously mentioned. Be very wary.
Hard to tell...red_ellsworth
Dec 13, 2003 3:38 PM
The truth will be in the payment. Paypal cash, Western Union, Bank wire transfer, anything else should raise your alarms.