Mobile phone buyers scams
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5 June 2006
I recently tried to sell a mobile phone on ebay. It took me 4 attempts to sell it due to dodgy buyers. First time, I received am email asking me to post the phone to Nigeria - this is despite me saying I would not post it abroad. Buyer offered extra £10 payment to send immediately to Nigeria. I relisted the phone and the winning bid was from India, next time it was from the Netherlands. None of these buyers ever sent any money. One of the sent a counterfeit email from Paypal saying that money had been transfered into my Paypal account but when I checked my account there was nothng there. Each of these buyers had several things in common that should be watched out for: All were based abroad All wanted phone posting immediately abroad All were new members to ebay with zero rating All made bids at very last moment so I could not cancel them Tips for future sellers: Block any buyers from abroad and with zero ratings Always check your Paypal account to see that money has been received. It will show up on your statement.
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