Is this a scam?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ai4281, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. ai4281 macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2008
    I'm trying to sell my White Macbook on Kijiji Canada, and I got this reply.

    Hello there,
    It's pleasure receiving message from you and i would have love to
    pick up the item by my self but i am presently in Uk for a conference and i will
    be away for three months, but I'm buying it for my child that went on a
    research trip as a gift via this address below:
    22 Olisaro qrts Ijapo Estate
    so i will like you to get back to me with the final cost plus shipping from
    Canada post (International Air Parcel) so that i can make the payment via paypal
    if you have paypal account .i hope to hear from you soon . Thanks

    Is this a scam? I heard from many people that you should avoid shipping to Nigeria at all cost.
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Obviously so.

    Set anything you read to wordfilter Nigeria. Just walk the frick away.
  3. lamadude macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2006
    Brussels, BE
    Yes it's a scam

    edit: I actually feel bad for honest buyers in Nigeria, they must be having a hard time :) this one is definitely a scam though
  4. mgridgaway macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2006
    Rule of Thumb: Unless you can meet in person, prepare to be scammed.
  5. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2005
    Rule Of Thumb: If you post the title "Is this a scam?" it is!
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Of course not, just send them your birth certificate, mother's maiden name, and a copy of all your banking info at the same time ...
  7. xrayzed macrumors member


    May 22, 2005
    What they said.

    Apart from the bad writing (OK, emails often feature random capitalisation and poor grammar, even moreso from people whose first language isn't English), who goes to a conference for *three months*?

    A scammy scam of the scammiest kind.
  8. Solemony macrumors 6502


    Nov 26, 2008
    99.99% is a scam.
  9. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    Sell me the Macbook for $20 instead of dealing with this guy and you'll come out $20 ahead.

    It's an obvious scam... can't believe you even had to ask.
  10. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    what made u think...

    it's NOT a scam?

    Have you never heard of all the scams originating from Nigeria?

    I wouldn't trust paypal for payment from a foreign country, especially Nigera. It's so easy for buyers to dispute via paypal.'ll see what I mean.
  11. BayouBengal macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2008
    Being "away" in the UK raised my suspicion slightly and then I see, Nigeria. DING DING DING SCAM ALERT!!!

    UK is being used more and more these days, especially with tickets. People will claim to be working in the UK and their company has tickets to the event you are interested in that were originally meant for a customer but they can no longer attend so they are selling the tickets.
  12. iRyann macrumors regular


    Aug 14, 2008
    Don't you guys watch FoneJacker?!

    Of course this is not a scam!
    Look @ the grammar its perfect >.<
    He will be asking you for your council tax or something pathetic like that soon.
    Watch George Adgdwango (sp?) from FoneJacker and it's probably him.
  13. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Any seller that has moved to another country, blah blah blah is immediately considered scam by me (and pretty much everyone else).
  14. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    for future reference: if you think it's a scam it probably is.

    I don't know why these dumbo scammers keep using Nigeria. It's pretty much in the dictionary now that if an ad says nigeria it's a scam. I've never been there so I can't comment but it seems as if every scammer has something to do with nigeria. At least change the country to make it less obvious...geez!
  15. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    Uh, they use Nigeria because that's where they are from. I saw a special (I think it was 20/20) awhile back and the story was about how Nigerian scammers came about. A lot of them are out of work guys who hang out in cafes setting up their scams. Sometimes they work with accomplices in other countries. However, most Nigerian scams have to do with finding long lost money, not so much about buying/selling equipment. Guess they are getting more sophisticated.
  16. mgridgaway macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2006
    I see what you did there.
  17. dylanbrown macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2008
    Well, over here in the UK where I live, there's a show called Watchdog, and they have had a story every night about Nigerian scammers.

    This story was about a woman who got scammed on a dating site by a Nigerian.

    So, in short, it's a scam. Never trust anyone who asks it to be posted to Nigeria.

    Hope this helps...
  18. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Yes, it is a scam; it has all of the ingredients, and screams scam, namely, poor grammar, convenient absence of the person who replied, and a Nigerian address, etc, etc. Don't touch with the proverbial bargepole. Instead, run a mile in the opposite direction.

    Cheers and good luck
  19. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    The OP has left the building. Notice how he never replied after his original post? This thread is dead so I'll go ahead and turn the lights off on my way out.
  20. ai4281 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2008
    lol, I didn't mean to ignore you guys or anything.

    There are so many scammers out there, and this experience has turned me off all second-hand internet shopping... I'm never using Craiglist, Kijiji or Ebay again!
  21. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Not everybody on those sites is a scammer
    You can find some good deals, but "buyer beware" is always a good rule of thumb

    Just be careful, ask questions and use common sense and you will be fine
    No need to cut off these avenues completely

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  22. johny5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2007
    Personally, if anyone chooses to intrude on my life setting out to steal from me I would make it worth their while in scamming them right back.

    take a look at this page and get some ideas....

    lead the person on as long as you can. say you have packaged it all up ready for shipment but in order for you take take it to the postal office as a goodwill gesture you would like them to pay your petrol, say $15 or something into a paypal account.
    then withdraw the funds and say you never got it.
    Just go on and on.
    I know revenge is a nasty thing but the people who do this are pretty nasty pieces of work and they do manage to dupe quite a lot of people out of their property....
  23. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I feel the need to post the Christmas* P-P-P-PowerBook story.

    * It's not really a Christmas story.
  24. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley

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