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July 13, 2010

Nigerian Scam on Amazon

Filed under: Scam — Tags: — minhbach @ 8:50 pm

Recently I did sell my tablet on Amazon. First, I listed my tablet on Amazon for sale. Secondly, the buyer on Amazon contacted me through Amazon asking for more information. I replied the message and received (fake) mail from Amazon told me to ship the tablet. When I contacted Amazon for the fee of my tablet. They told me that it was a scam. I would say I has been trapped to this scam partially due to support from Amazon. I would never believe or never doing business with Nigerian. However it was from a customer/buyer of Amazon but they did nothing about it. I really disappointed about how Amazon doing business.

Here is the details

1. I listed my tablet on Amazon for sale. Then, I got an email from Amazon as follows

Subject: Product details enquiry from Amazon customer Diana Sherman

Item: Samsung Q1 – Celeron M 900 MHz ULV – UMPC – RAM 512 MB – HDD 40 GB – GMA 900 – WLAN : 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR – Win XP Tablet PC – 7″ Widescreen TFT 800 x 480 ( WVGA ) [Electronics] [ASIN: B000GR3XDS]

For Your Information: To help arbitrate disputes and preserve trust and safety, we retain all messages buyers and sellers send through Amazon.co.uk. This includes your response to the message below.

————- Begin message ————-

Hi mate,

Please can i have more details about this item before making the payment, i want to be sure of the condition. Are you sure this item is as you have describe it, sending the picture to me will be nice. For quick response you can call me on my phone or get back to me through my email, below is my phone number and email.

diana_sherman @ rediffmail .com
0775921242 .

Diana.

————- End message ————-

We want you to buy with confidence whenever you purchase products on Amazon.com. Learn more about Safe Online Shopping (http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom…odeId=10412241) and our safe buying guarantee (http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom…&nodeId=537868)

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2. I replied the information as requested.

3. I received an email as following

Hi XXX

Hope you’re fine?. Am sorry for the late reply. i had a little problem my son is very sick, i came back from the hospital just now, and the payment has been made and i believe amazon would notify you. I was told by amazon to refer any questions related to my delivery to the seller. Please am sending this item as a gift present to my father, he is celebrating his birthday next week, since i will not be able to attend the birthday party i have decided to send this to him.

Please when you received amazon payments confirmation, I want you to send the item through Royal Mail Recorded Delivery (International Sign For) here is the shipping address…..

Mr. S. O. Ezekiel
27, Camp Davies Road, Opp Bada. Ayobo
Lagos State
23401. Nigeria

I don’t want you to write the content on the package, you may just write gift item on it. Only put your name and address and my father’s name and the shipping address on the package. I want to surprise him when he opens the package. I will be responsible for anything that happens to the package.. and I will be awaiting your reply as soon as possible concerning postage details. Thanks

Regards
Diana.

4. After that, I received an email from Amazon told me that my tablet has been sold (later I understood that it was an fake mail).

Subject: Sold, dispatch now. (1 Item, Sold!)

Dear xxx,

Your Amazon.co.uk Marketplace sale has been confirmed.

Order ID: 736-168097-9961538

Please dispatch these products using Royalmail Recorded Delivery.

Item: in by XXX

Condition: Used – Very Good
Condition Note: 1GB RAM

Item: Samsung Q1 – Celeron M 900 MHz ULV – UMPC – RAM 512 MB – HDD 40 GB – GMA 900 – WLAN : 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR – Win XP Tablet PC – 7″ Widescreen TFT 800 x 480 ( WVGA )
Seller ID: A1VZGNCVRELZFR
ASIN: B000GR3XDS
Quantity: 1
Purchased on: 05/07/2010
Buyer’s Price: £220.00
Amazon Commission: (6.33 GBP)
VAT on Amazon.co.uk Marketplace: (£0.40)
Postage Credit: £43.99
Your Earnings: £257.26

You have agreed to ship no later than two business days after the order date of 05/07/2010.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
BUYER’S INFORMATION FOR THIS ORDER:
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Card holder’s Name: Ms Diana Sherman
Card Type: MasterCard
Address: 108, Sunningfield Road
City: Hendon
State: London
Zip Code: NW4 4RE
Country: United Kingdom
Amazon Buyer’s e-mail: diana_sherman@rediffmail.com

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
SHIPPING INFORMATION FOR THIS ORDER:
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Here is your buyer’s shipping address (use your own address as the return address, and enclose the packing slip in this e-mail for your buyer’s reference):

Shipping Label
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PACKING SLIP:
Amazon Marketplace Item: Samsung Q1 – Celeron M 900 MHz ULV – UMPC – RAM 512 MB – HDD 40 GB – GMA 900 – WLAN : 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR – Win XP Tablet PC – 7″ Widescreen TFT 800 x 480 ( WVGA ) [Electronics]
Quantity: 1

Shipping address:
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Ship to: Mr. S. O. Ezekiel
Address Line 1: 27, Camp Davies Road, Opp Bada
Address Line 2:
City: Ayobo
State/Province/Region: Lagos
Zip/Postal Code: 23401
Country: Nigeria

Amazon Buyer’s e-mail: diana_sherman@rediffmail.com
Amazon Seller’s email: xxx

Note that Amazon.co.uk is crediting you £43.99 in addition to your net sales price to help cover delivery costs. You are required to dispatch these items even if the postage credit does not fully cover your delivery costs.

Important Notice: Only ship to the address given to you by Amazon.co.uk Marketplace. Do not honor buyer requests to ship orders to any address other than the one provided by Amazon.co.uk Marketplace. Payment for the sale may be withheld if these guidelines are not followed. Kindly go and make the shipment via Royal Mail to the shipping address provided for you.

Failure to dispatch on time may lead to negative seller feedback, revocation of postage credits, or even suspension of your seller account.

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ABOUT YOUR PAYMENT:

This transaction will be posted to your Amazon Payments account shortly. Funds in your Amazon Payments account are automatically disbursed every 14 days.

Please make sure you have entered your bank account information. Amazon Payments cannot disburse funds to you until you provide this information. To do so:

1. Go to Your Seller Account by clicking “Your Account” at the top of any Amazon.co.uk page, then clicking “Your Seller Account” on the right side of the page, under Marketplace.

2. Click the Account Information link in the Settings section.

3. Add or change your bank account information by clicking the Edit button in the Bank Account section.

To protects our customers, we’ve already have the money in our Account and ready to be transferred into your Amazon Account. Your FUNDS will not be TRANSFERRED into your Amazon Payments Account and your item will not be REMOVED from Amazon.co.uk web-pages not until you go and post\ship the item to the address given to you and get back to our Customer Care Service at: (seller_supportreply@mail2consultant.com) with the Postage Reference Number so that we can Transfer your Funds into your Amazon Account.

NOTE **** You are not allowed to send the Postage Reference Number to the buyer not until you received your funds into your Amazon Account but immediately you ship the item send the postage reference number to our customer care at: (seller_supportreply@mail2consultant.com) and we will track it and transfer your money immediately into your Amazon Account.

************************************************** **************
–Got more questions? You’ll find answers about selling on Amazon.co.uk at: www.amazon.co.uk/make-money–Cant find the answer to your question on our website? Got a suggestion for us? Contact Amazon.co.uk customer service at (seller_supportreply@mail2consultant.com).

Thank you for selling on Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon.co.uk,–Amazon Services SARL Sell Your Stuff
http: www.amazon.co.uk/marketplace
NOTE: (This message was sent to you by an automated e-mail system. Please don’t reply to it.).

Greetings!
Dear XXX,

This buyer diana_sherman@rediffmail.com had attempted to purchase your item and the payment is successful.

We’ve sent you an e-mail to notify you that payment has been taken from the potential buyer, Ms Diana Sherman For your marketplace item : Samsung Q1 – Celeron M 900 MHz ULV – UMPC – RAM 512 MB – HDD 40 GB – GMA 900 – WLAN : 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR – Win XP Tablet PC – 7″ Widescreen TFT 800 x 480 ( WVGA ) [Electronics]. and ask that you fulfill the delivery request within two days of receiving this e-mail. we deposit your earnings into your Amazon Payments account and funds are transferred to your bank account on a 14-day cycle.

We would like to confirm that the buyer is genuine and sold confirmation e-mail you received is from Amazon.co.uk marketplace and This item is to be shipped to the shipping address given to you by Amazon.co.uk Marketplace, sending this item to another address will violate our rules and regulations.

We hereby inform you that the payment made by Ms Diana Sherman have been Confirmed and Approved and The total amount plus shipment will be TRANSFERRED to this Amazon Account: XXX once the POSTAGE\SHIPMENT is made for the item.

The only payment we received is from Ms Diana Sherman and we have sent the confirmation of the payment to your e-mail address. Please do not make any mistake by sending your item to any other buyer apart from this buyer. You have already received our confirmation that the payment has been made. You have no problem with this buyer, because we’ve already have the money in our Account and ready to be transferred into your account.

Your FUNDS will not be TRANSFERRED into your Amazon Payments Account and your item will not be REMOVED from Amazon.co.uk web-pages not until you go and post\ship the item to the address below and get back to our Customer Care Service at: (seller_supportreply@mail2consultant.com) with the Postage Reference Number so that we can Transfer your Funds into your Amazon Account. This measure is taken in order to protect both seller and buyer interests and to reduce the occurrence of fraudulent activities.

**NOTE—–

We will be waiting for your e-mail concerning the Postage Reference Number, we can only hold your money in Our Account for just only 2 to 3 days. Dear seller we urge you to go and post the item.

You are not allowed to send the Postage Reference Number to the buyer not until you received your funds into your Amazon Account but immediately you ship the item send the postage reference number to our customer care at: (seller_supportreply@mail2consultant.com) and we will track it and transfer your money immediately into your Amazon Account.

SHIPPING INFORMATION FOR THIS ORDER:

Important Notice: Only ship to the address given to you by Amazon.co.uk Marketplace. Do not honor buyer requests to ship orders to any address other than the one provided by Amazon.co.uk Marketplace. Payment for the sale may be withheld if these guidelines are not followed. Kindly go and make the shipment via Royal Mail to the

shipping address provided for you. You have agreed to ship no later than two business days after the buyer’s purchase on 05/07/2010.

—————————————————–
DISPATCH LABEL
—————————————————–
Ship to: Mr. S. O. Ezekiel
Address Line 1: 27, Camp Davies Road, Opp Bada
Address Line 2:
City: Ayobo
State/Province/Region: Lagos
Zip/Postal Code: 23401
Country: Nigeria

Amazon.co.uk is crediting you £43.99 in addition to your net sales price to help cover delivery costs. You are required to dispatch these items even if the postage credit does not fully cover your delivery costs.

Failure to dispatch on time may lead to negative seller feedback, revocation of postage credits, or even suspension of your seller account.

Feel free to contact our Customer Care Service Department for any Question or Query.
(seller_supportreply@mail2consultant.com)

Thanks for your Co-Operation

Warmest Regards,

http://www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon.co.uk Seller Support

5. After I sent the tablet and sent the reference number as suggested above. I received the following email from Amazon

Greetings!
Dear XXX,

Thank you for contacting Amazon.co.uk Marketplace concerning the recent sale for the item entitled “Samsung Q1 – Celeron M 900 MHz ULV – UMPC – RAM 512 MB – HDD 40 GB – GMA 900 – WLAN : 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR – Win XP Tablet PC – 7″ Widescreen TFT 800 x 480 ( WVGA )”. We received your E-mail concerning the Postage Reference Number.

We have received your Postage Reference Number for the item posted and we are working fast to transferred your funds into your Amazon Account: XXX. In the next 48 hours we will send you the unit code of your fund so that you can have access to your fund immediately. Please bear with us .

You are not allowed to send the Postage Reference Number to the buyer not until you received your funds in your Amazon Account. We need to confirm the Postage Reference Number and your money will be TRANSFERRED to your account immediately after the confirmation.

Feel free to contact our Customer Care Service Department for any Question or Query.

Thanks for your Co-Operation

Warmest Regards,

http://www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon.co.uk Seller Support

6. After waiting for two days without receiving money from Amazon. I contacted Amazon and has been told it was a scam from an Nigerian.


6 Comments »

  1. I had exactly the same one today, fortunately I didn’t fall fall it, but its about time the police internet fraud division got onto this

    ——–

    Hi mate

    Please can i have more details about this item, are you sure this item is as you have describe it, kindly ascertain this item to me by sending the current look of the item before i proceed with the payment i mean a picture of this item. For quick response you can call me on my phone or get back to me through my email, below is my phone number and email.

    rachelclarkson.brown@hotmail.co.uk
    0775921242 .

    Rachel.

    Comment by john robinson — October 4, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

  2. I also had this happen to me today – after the things you described (buyer contacted me separately for further details etc, which I sent), I then got a phony “item sold” message supposedly from amazon, followed up with this:

    Hello

    Hope you’re fine?. Am sorry for the late reply. i have a little problem, my son is very sick and i just came back from the hospital now, and the payment has been made and i believed amazon would notify you. I was told by amazon to refer any questions related to my delivery to the seller. Please am sending this item as a gift present to my father, he is celebrating his birthday next week, since i will not be able to attend the birthday party i have decided to send this to him.

    Please when you received amazon payments confirmation, I want you to send the item through Royal Mail Recorded Delivery (International Sign For) here is the shipping address…..

    Mr. Ezekiel kayode
    47, Old Otta Road, Isoto Command. Ipaja
    Lagos. 23401
    Nigeria

    I don’t want you to write the content on the package, you may just write gift item on it. Only put your name and address and my father’s name and the shipping address on the package. I want to surprise him when he opens the package. I will be responsible for anything that happens to the package.. and I will be awaiting your reply as soon as possible concerning postage details. Thanks

    Regards
    Lauren

    I did not fall for it as I went to my Amazon account and the listing was still open, so I knew it had not been accepted or gone through Amazon. TOTAL SCAMMER!

    I also had specified “domestic only” postage, and in the emails from the supposed buyer, Amazon were now offering me an extra 43 quid to post it to Nigeria? LIKELY STORY!

    Does anyone know who we can contact police-wise to report these incidences? Less wily people would fall for it but there were the telltale signs of a scam (slightly bad grammar etc)/ Also the subject field was suspicious (Sold, dispatch now. (1 Item, Sold!) as normally it states the product code etc.

    All very fishy so I replied as follows:

    Hi,

    There is no way I am sending out this item to you without Amazon confirming an order / payment, which hasn’t happened. I received an email but when I checked my account it has not been marked as an order.

    And now you are contacting me separately from Amazon and asking me to send the package, unmarked, before I have received payment, to Nigeria? I specified ‘domestic only postage’ on my listing, so I know this is something dodgy going on.

    I believe this to be a scam, so please cease further contact with my email address.

    I will be reporting this to Amazon.

    Comment by charlie — February 2, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

  3. Hello

    Hope you’re fine?. Am sorry for the late reply. i have a little problem, my son is very sick and i just came back from the hospital now, the payment has been made and i believed amazon would notify you. I was told by amazon to refer any questions related to my delivery to the seller. Please am sending this item to my husband in africa. He is a Zoologist and a professional photographer, now having project on africa zoos and i think this will help him more in his business. This item is urgently needed and i want it to be sent asap.

    When you received amazon payments confirmation, I want you to send the item through USPS and here is the shipping address…..

    Mr. Ezekiel Kayode
    27, Camp Davies Road, Opp Bada. Ayobo
    Lagos. 23401
    Nigeria

    I don’t want you to write the content on the package, Only put my husband’s name and the shipping address on the package. I want to surprise him when he opens the package. I will be responsible for anything that happens to the package.. and I will be awaiting your reply as soon as possible concerning postage details. Thanks

    Regards

    Comment by Dmitry Stramilov — August 17, 2012 @ 6:16 am

  4. The issue here is the security of the domain @amazon.co.uk as they should have this secure so how are the messages coming from their server system. I am taking them to court at moment on 30th Jan for fraud so lets see how i get on.

    Comment by George M — January 19, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    • Happened to me today, I thought I sold my iphone 4, was asked for pictures, duly sent them, buyer said she couldn’t see them, could I send to her email address which I did. Then received confirmations and saw it was being dispatched to Nigeria, also amazon was paying extra to have this shipped on to them. This was my first sale of anything, but the email seemed wrong. Firstly there was nothing in my inventory to say it had been sold and also, the Nigeria thing.. and also the postage. if amazon are only making £6 out of the sale, why would they pay £50 quid extra for you to ship it away over there?? Anyway the buyer then emailed me and it was the same story as everyone else. her son is ill, the phone is for her dad and she cant make his birthday party, the emails are all the same and ask you to leave the packaging blank and not say what it is as its a surprise. My emails were from a Sherry Williams. Don’t be fooled by these people. I have just emailed her to say its been dispatched as I want to wind them up a bit, they deserve it. Scumbags want to get a job and earn money like the rest of us.

      Comment by Tracey — March 18, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

  5. Waw I’m not surprised at all , the same story happens to me today , my son was sick hhhhh , straight a way I know it , how aver I never did and never do business with the Nigerian and I never did .

    Comment by Amine — April 6, 2013 @ 12:29 am


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