My son has just sold a laptop on e-bay and it was bought by someone claiming to be from the UK with a UK sounding name but not UK English. He has sent a lengthy e-mail saying that he needs it for a friend in Lagos, Nigeria and that he is presently in Korea at a World Health Organisation conference.
This sounds like a con that I have heard of but can't remember what the con was. I have a bad feeling about this. Does anyone know where I stand withing e-bays rules on pulling out of the sale. Can I insist on a Postal Order.
Sorry but almost certainly a scam. This has happened to me when I sold a mobile phone...it's almost always electronic goods that are targeted. I was pretty rude actually and sent them an e-mail saying basically don't waste my time.
Give the 2nd highest bidder a Second Chance Offer and just explain that the winner was a scammer. Unfortunately its pretty common but they really ruin your auction.
Thanks for your responses. It was bought on Buy it Now and my son is SOOOO disappointed as he was so pleased to have sold it and so soon too. If I don't go ahead with the sale we will probably get negative feedback. If this happens can I get it deleted in the circumstances?
You lot are always so helpful. I can always rely on good old Mumsnet when I don't know what to do!!!
I have just had a Paypal e-mail informing that he has paid money into my account and it's £15 more than the total should be. It says that they will not release the funds until I send them a shipping reference number - well they're never going to get one!!! Thanks all of you for your help.
This Paypal e-mail is all part of the scam. In fact I think another MNetter's son was done out of about £200 quid in the last week
Def don't post the item! Don't worry about the negative feedback as you can always respond to it.
If you're going to relist the item then add a note at the bottom saying you WILL NOT ship to Nigeria (or overseas) so please don't bid. I would also add in that your item has been relisted due to a non-paying bidder or something.
Just realised I sound very very bossy . Sorry...these scammers just really get my back up. Your poor ds, hope he finds a lovely genuine buyer and makes a decent amount of dosh
Thats sounds reasonable, the only problem is-my friend is on hol till this Sat and i can't guarentee(sp) she'll want it, but if you still have it then will you email me on J20baby @yahoo dot co dot uk? at least then you don't have to go through ebay