Classified Ad Fraud on Facebook
I have been writing about classified ad fraud on craigslist, kijiji and other classifieds ads websites for years. The scams known as "nigeria scams" have the buyer offering more than the asking amount of the item. The seller is directed to either accept a paypal payment, or a false money order. The item is shipped, and then subsequently the funds are reversed, or payment is halted for suspicion of the buyer using a fraudulent credit card.
The seller is then out the item, and the funds. These typical transactions can easily be spotted a mile away, and now to make things seem even more legitimate, buyers are using facebook.
One such example is an iPad 2 I am selling. Please read the 2 stories below and note the buyer's in them - as they are fraudsters.
In these people's defense, their accounts may have been hacked. But here they are:
(Note the red highlighted items in the conversation below)
- i live and work in United States but i willing to purchase it for my friend working with a shipping company panapina but was recently transfer to one of the branch in west Africa Nigeria actually he sent me some money to get him stuff that things are too expensive and fake product they have there in Africa and he wants a long lasting one i will love to purchase your item for him and i will be paying via PayPal and am willing to pay $680 for the item and $150 in addition for the shipping to him there in Africa so if you can help me out kindly get back to me with your PayPal email address so i can send out the payment to your account ASAP..
- ever heard of Nigeria scams? well, guess what, you're now listed in the directory of scammers.
The items in red above are typical and almost always follow a pattern. The scammers always use a hardship or some excuse to ship the item in question overseas. Then they always offer you more than the asking price. Ahd finally, they almost always offer to send funds up front to paypal.