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« on: June 09, 2018, 02:23:25 PM »
I have put my old Nikon, plus another lens, book, bits etc, for sale on Amazon.

Soon after I got a series of fake Amazon emails, plus ones from the "custoner".  He was from Nigeria and wanted it as a gift for a valued client and offered £70 extra to send it to  an American address. As I said the Amazon stuff was fake, had all the right logos and links, except that I was to contact some other email address when the item was dispatched. Also the wording was wrong, there were spelling and grammatical errors (that were not even American-English!). I contacted Amazon, checked my seller account and forwarded the emails on to them. I ignored the subsequent fake Amazon emaiis telling me that my account would be closed in three days if I did not inform them of the dispatch.

Now another joker has got in on the act, wants me to send it to Lagos, Nigeria (obviously cutting out the American based middle man) as a surprise gift to a valued friend. Similar spelling/grammatical errors. I replied that packing, shipping and insurance to Nigeria would be £200 on top of the £300 for the gear. Also added that despatch would only take place after the full and correct Amazon procedure was carried out and the full amount was indicated as a credit in my Seller Account.

I wanted to add something like,  "Shipping [. . .] to Lagos, one of the global capitals of scam,  [. . .]"

In all this makes three scams from Nigeria, one a couple of years ago. All three have involved a "valued client/friend" and, IIRC, had similar mistakes in their English. Same gang or just using the same Internet/darkweb resources?
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Re: Scams
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2018, 06:14:06 PM »
Been on to Amazon but can't access my seller account. They say that it is "under review" (been dormant for over a year). Been "under vreview" for over a month now. But they were happy to let me list the camera.

I told them that if I cannot quickly and readily access my account to check my messages and balance I will withdraw that item, close the seller account, since this is a security matter, and use another sales method.

Emails from the supposed buyer forwarded to Amazon.
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Re: Scams
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2018, 07:22:15 PM »
Well, looks like that scam has been trumped by a real order! This time the format and the links are correct and I can backtrack from the order to my seller account.

And it is a UK name and address for a change. Though I spelt her name wrong, it is Mertin and I put Merlin.

Just happy I did not put Merkin!
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Re: Scams
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 12:19:21 PM »
Now I get a phone call, with a computer generated voice, telling me that my BT Internet connection will be terminated tomorrow - dial 1 to speak to BT about this.

Strange, I am on Virgin cable, not BT for both phone and Internet.

The phone went fown with no buttons pressed of course.

The last one was an Indian voice telling me my Windows account had been closed (it has not of course). I am sure there are Indians working for Microsoft but I view all such calls with the same caution I view anything ftom Nigeria! And all computer voiced calls . . .
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Re: Scams
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 12:26:03 PM »
Now I get a phone call, with a computer generated voice, telling me that my BT Internet connection will be terminated tomorrow - dial 1 to speak to BT about this.

Strange, I am on Virgin cable, not BT for both phone and Internet.

The phone went fown with no buttons pressed of course.

The last one was an Indian voice telling me my Windows account had been closed (it has not of course). I am sure there are Indians working for Microsoft but I view all such calls with the same caution I view anything ftom Nigeria! And all computer voiced calls . . .
This scam is that the dial back number is extortionately expensive  >:(
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Re: Scams
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 12:35:30 PM »
Now I get a phone call, with a computer generated voice, telling me that my BT Internet connection will be terminated tomorrow - dial 1 to speak to BT about this.

Strange, I am on Virgin cable, not BT for both phone and Internet.

The phone went fown with no buttons pressed of course.

The last one was an Indian voice telling me my Windows account had been closed (it has not of course). I am sure there are Indians working for Microsoft but I view all such calls with the same caution I view anything ftom Nigeria! And all computer voiced calls . . .
This scam is that the dial back number is extortionately expensive  >:(

It was a "Dial one for . . ." type thing. Can they redirect to a premium number I wonder?  Though there is a memory of a similar scam on mobiles that allowed them to take command of the device. This was on my landline.
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Re: Scams
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 03:37:51 PM »
Now I get a phone call, with a computer generated voice, telling me that my BT Internet connection will be terminated tomorrow - dial 1 to speak to BT about this.

Strange, I am on Virgin cable, not BT for both phone and Internet.

The phone went fown with no buttons pressed of course.

The last one was an Indian voice telling me my Windows account had been closed (it has not of course). I am sure there are Indians working for Microsoft but I view all such calls with the same caution I view anything ftom Nigeria! And all computer voiced calls . . .
This scam is that the dial back number is extortionately expensive  >:(

It was a "Dial one for . . ." type thing. Can they redirect to a premium number I wonder?  Though there is a memory of a similar scam on mobiles that allowed them to take command of the device. This was on my landline.
They might just have worked out that the gullible people, the ones they really want to talk to, will press 1. So at the scam call centre the 'operators' work and when one comes free their system makes outgoing calls to more potential suckers?
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Re: Scams
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 04:52:45 PM »
Now I get a phone call, with a computer generated voice, telling me that my BT Internet connection will be terminated tomorrow - dial 1 to speak to BT about this.

Strange, I am on Virgin cable, not BT for both phone and Internet.

The phone went fown with no buttons pressed of course.

The last one was an Indian voice telling me my Windows account had been closed (it has not of course). I am sure there are Indians working for Microsoft but I view all such calls with the same caution I view anything ftom Nigeria! And all computer voiced calls . . .
This scam is that the dial back number is extortionately expensive  >:(

It was a "Dial one for . . ." type thing. Can they redirect to a premium number I wonder?  Though there is a memory of a similar scam on mobiles that allowed them to take command of the device. This was on my landline.
They might just have worked out that the gullible people, the ones they really want to talk to, will press 1. So at the scam call centre the 'operators' work and when one comes free their system makes outgoing calls to more potential suckers?

Yup, reckon so! I know those of my vintage without knowledge deeper than how to send emails or use Fb or Twitter. They are at high risk. I try to help.
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