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Old 9th February 2011
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Today I placed one laptop we've been having on stock for quite some time on ebay.

In 30 minutes I received a response from a guy named "van.royal12".

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Hello Seller,Good Morning..I just wanna know if your item is still available for sale please get back to me with your last price and condition so i wait to hear from you asap.
I immediately smelled a rat: I placed the ad on the Dutch ebay (called marktplaats.nl), and the listing included the requested information so the question didn't make a lot of sense.

However, just in small chance it is a genuine message I replied. In case it was some form of scam at least I would entertain myself.

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Dear van.royal12,

Yes, this item is still for sale.

Regards,
Martin
Which prompted a quick reply:
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Thanks for your fast response, i want to know that i am a Marine Engineer and am purchasing this item for my Associate, I have been buying things here and i always buy good item so i will be paying you 1200Euro for this item and also will be paying 50Euro for the shipping fee via TNT POST so i want you to get back to me with your payment details either your Pay Pal Email Address or Bank Transfer Details so i can proceed with the payment now so wait to receive your payment details asap.So here are the details needed from you below:

Bank Name Full Name Account Number Total Cost
OR PayPal Email Address.
This was even more suspicious, the item was listed at 1149 euro. Someone offering to pay more than the listing price? Right...

Regardless, lets reply and see what happens:
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Hello,

We do not have paypal. You can make a bank transfer to:

Aragorn B.V.
Account# [strip]
IBAN: [strip]
BIC/SWIFT: [strip]

The total amount is €1149 + Shipping.
Shipping is €10 for european (E.U.) shipments, and €25 for international shipments.

Please make sure you provide "Thinkpad T400" as a reference so we can trace the transfer.

Regards,
Martin
Now things get more interesting, I promptly received another email.

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Okay i am on my way to make the transfer now so i want you to packed the item and get it ready for shipping so as soon as the payment is done now i will get back to you cos the bank is near to me here so try and wait for online for some minutes.

Pleasure doing business with you.
Quickly followed by a "transfer confirmation":

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This is to inform you that we have received your payment of €1250.00 EUR from Van Royal for an items(Thinkpad T400) Purchased from via (marktplaats.nl)online advert .The money has now been deducted from the buyer's bank account and ready to be transfer into your bank account. It will be deposited into your Bank account :
________________________________________
***Sellers Bank Account Details***As provided by the Buyers (Van Royal)***

________________________________________
Account Nam:Aragorn B.V
Account number:[strip]
IBAN:[strip]
BIC Nummer:[strip]
Banknaam:[strip]
Location:[strip]
Email Address:[strip]
This goes on for a bit more and includes images and fancy HTML markup.

This is quite obviously fake, not just from the spelling and punctuation errors, but a quick look at the email headers removed any possible doubt.

The bottom (that is first) Recieved: header
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Received: from mail-qy0-f175.google.com (mail-qy0-f175.google.com
[209.85.216.175]) by mailrelay.signet.nl (Postfix) with ESMTP id CC0EE800BE
for <[snip]@[snip].nl>; Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:18:49 +0100 (CET)
Received: by qyk8 with SMTP id 8so1253451qyk.20 for
<[snip]@[snip].nl>; Wed, 09 Feb 2011 04:21:01 -0800 (PST)
And the transfer was quickly "confirmed" by another email from my "buyer" van.royal12@gmail.com

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I would want to inform you that i just make the transfer into your Bank Account, and you should have gotten the payments notification from my Bank by now, you can check in your email inbox and bulk folders cause it goes in there sometimes, So i will love you to go ahead with the shipping this morning via TNT POST OFFICE....... and get back to me with the shipment details, and you are also to get back to my Bank customer email with the shipment details also, so they can deposit your funds into your account immediately, make sure you ship it to my Bank verified address on the payments notification.

Name: [strip]
Address: No 37 Lalubu Avenue
State: Ogun
City : Abeokuta
Country: Nigeria
Zip Code: 23403

Pleasure doing Business with you
uhuh

I am still thinking of a way to reply to that ... Just for fun
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It is amazing how something as simple as checking e-mail headers can thwart a scam. It is more amazing that the average person would be fooled so easily by this as well.

It might be fun to ask him about the headers and see what his explanation is. Or, it might be more fun to turn it into the authorities. Nothing would come of it, of course, but it might provide some amusement.
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Country: Nigeria
Is that real data from the mail Carpetsmoker?

How clichéd?! You'd think people would learn! It's almost like a practical joke. But at least he didn't identify himself as a prince. LOL
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A more sneaky way is that they pay you by false check/cheque. Initially the check clears and the bank transfers the money into your account.

Having received the funds, you ship out the goods. But after a week or two, the bank informs you that the check is fake and it undoes the transaction.
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It's kind of pathetic how these people operate, glad you caught it C.S.
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Yeah, Nigeria ...
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A while ago I read a story on http://thescambaiter.com where the guy sends them crap instead of notebooks The fact that they sent him a picture of guys standing infront of his house was a bit scary but the whole story itself was a win!
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CITIBANK INTERNATIONAL PLC
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ASIA BRANCH OFFICE.
RC: 103002 Our Ref: CITIBN-0XX2/937/2011
Menara Citibank, 165 Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia


Dear Beneficiary,

On behalf of the UNITED NATIONS, we wish to notify you as a beneficiary of $950,000.00 USD in compensation of scam victims. This is to bring to your notice that we are directed by delegates from the UNITED NATIONS to pay 10 victims of scam $950,000.00 USD each.

Your E-mail ID were listed and approved as one of the scam victims to be paid US$950,000.00.

We are directed to compensate scammed victims as it is stipulated in Section B act 4 of United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) guide lines and regulations of (08/04/2003) you can view this website for confirmation: Kindly click on the link below: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/ik344.doc.htm

Kindly fill Citibank Transfer Form for verification below:


Full Name:
Contact Address:
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Sex:
Marital Status:
Telephone Number:
Occupation:
Any Means of Identification:
Amount Defrauded:


I................. hereby attest that all the information given above is correct to the best of my knowledge, and applicable to the release of paying under review, accept and liability or any consequences arising in the transfer or wrong placement of my FUND due to wrong information given by me. Declared that all the information supplied above are correct.

Yours Faithful.
Mr. Sanjeev Nanavati

for Future Purposes where you might receive larger message from us, you should ensure you check your BULK/JUNK/SPAM mail folder always as there is a probability that it may be delivered there.
I'm rich!!!!
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Why, this must be a copy of a very old Email, and a popular one to scam with. Check out the disclaimer at the top of the un.org page referenced.
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The email probably got delayed because they outsourced the actual sending of the emails to a Polish contractor.

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Date:Wed, 16 Feb 2011 04:41:26 -0800
From:CitiBank International Plc <przeclawsiostry@neostrada.pl>
To:info@info.net
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Subject:SCAMMED VICTIM COMPENSATION FUNDS
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When I think about how many people must have fallen for that scam, I feel like rolling on the floor and laughing until it hurts.
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/combined

A movie about a future society, ironically, there is nothing futuristic about it.
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/combined

A movie about a future society, ironically, there is nothing futuristic about it.
I've been searching for this movie for a long time having caught blips of it years ago...Thank you BSDfan666!!!
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Better look on kamernet.nl. The scam looks like this:

-beautiful apartment to rent
-price and location is good

Now all you have to do is send deposit plust monthly fee and expect a keys to be sent to you

Usualy scammer lives abroad (UK) for studies etc.



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