Anatomy of a typical SCAM

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For the first time, I listed a couple of items for sale with ebay.  I am fairly wise to scams normally, but I didn't realise how easy it could be.

At the end of the auction I received two emails:  One from Canada telling me that the "buyer" was interested in the item for her father in law in Nigeria and giving me a postal address.

The other was from  paypal_worldlink at telling me there was money waiting.  All I had to do was post the item and provide details of the carrier and a tracking number.

After I had been to the post office, and posted the parcel,  I noticed  a spelling error in the email, from "paypal" and another, and in two emails the transaction number was wrong.

Fortunately the post office have held onto my parcel - so not this time ally_willy at

LESSON LEARNT - Stay within ebay for all transactions - even your first.



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