DHL shipping scam?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by puma1552, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    "Thanks for your reply... yes am interested in your item.. but am
    presently out of the country to attend to my clients in Mexico and it
    will take up to 3 weeks before i can get back and the item is needed
    for my son in Nigeria for his upcoming final year project.. so i want
    you to do me a favour by getting me the shipping cost via DHL and i
    will make the payment to you by PayPal or Bank to Bank Transfer
    Payment...Looking forward to hear from you..."

    I'm selling some non-computer gear and I received the above reply when I told someone I still had the item for sale. Obviously Nigeria sets off all sorts of alarm bells, but more so the shipping--isn't there something about DHL shipping that makes it what scammers prefer?
  2. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
  3. chstr macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    are you serious? what rock you been living under?
  4. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    I KNOW Nigeria=scam, god knows I've got a plethora of Nigerian ambassador scam emails over the years--I know it's a scam and I'm not selling--but my question is about the DHL, because I've heard other bad things about it before

    I.E. if someone tells me they want me to ship via DHL, but they have no Nigeria stuff in the email, I want to know that I can filter that one out as a scam as well.

    I'm not asking about Nigeria, I'm not asking about this particular scammer, I'm asking about DHL being a preferred shipping method for scammers.
  5. chstr macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    I think they just mention dhl to get a price quote from you
  6. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    DHL is strictly international now. Either UPS or Fedex bought their states side/Canada operations.
    They were an OK shipper.
  7. MegaMillions macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
  8. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    if it is a scam why are they offering a bank transfer? is it possible to scam that? not saying this is not a scam just trying to figure out the bank transfer. myself I always reply pay with a western union transfer. no worries about a scam on that :D
  9. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Someone get in here with that facepalm pic. I hate it, but I think we've finally found a guy who truly deserves it :eek:
  10. 831 macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2011
    Hi All.

    I'm new here but I just thought you might like to see a fantastic example of the DHL Nigerian Fraud, its fantastic. Just read it & you will know what I am talking about.

    Talk soon

    The formation, the Grammar & the spelling is wonderful don't you all think.

    Dear customer.

    The parcel was send your home address.

    And it will arrice within 7 bussness day.

    More information and the tracking number

    are attached in document below.

    Thank you.

    2011 DHL International GmbH. All rights reserverd.
  11. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    LOL, my clothing gear from ships from DHL. No problems there haha
  12. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    You really have to wonder, what if you were really a Nigerian prince looking for an iPhone? You'd never be able to get one.
  13. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
  14. b0blndsy macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2010
  15. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed, these things are so obvious.

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