From: Stella Schiffer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, 8 February 2008 2:04 AM
Subject: KINDLY GET BACK TO ME ASAP TODAY SO THAT THE PAYMENT CAN BE MAILED OUT THIS WEEK!!!!
Hello and how are you doing today.....this is to let you know that i am extremely interested buying your item on behalf of my client manager in the REPUBLIC OF BENIN,I am using this opportunity to let you know that the item is going to my client manager in the REPUBLIC OF BENIN(Africa),he will be making payment for your item via Money Orders but before the Money Orders is finally mailed out to you,i want you to clearly understand that the amount on it will be more than your item fees because the payment has already been signed for by my client manager in Africa and it cannot be corrected or re-negotiated by his bank.....so you will deduct your item fees from the payment as soon as you receive it and then WESTERN UNION back the (overage amount)remainder balance money to my client manager in Africa.
He will be fully responsible for the pick-up and shipment of the item via his UPS ACCOUNT after you have WESTERN UNION back the (overage amount)remainder balance money to him in Africa,so you simply don't have to worry about the item pick-up or shipping,all you need do is just help get it properly packaged.....Now kindly email me back as quickly as possible today with your FULL NAME,HOME ADDRESS and MOBILE PHONE NUMBER,so that the Money Orders payment for your item can be mailed out to you this week unfailingly from my client manager in Africa.....Below are the important questions i needed from you now .....YOUR FULL NAME,HOME ADDRESS AND MOBILE PHONE NUMBER......so please and please i will be waiting for your responce back now,Stella....
The username was 'stella_oya'. From what I could see on the forums, someone else encountered a similar scammer under the username 'stella_y' who I assume is already banned. I've reported thie buyer to Furbid, but there is probably still others.
So keep a weather eye out, folks, I'd hate to hear of someone getting suckered in by this scam, although, I don't think any of us are going to fall for that anytime soon, cos we all smart and stuff :)
What I would like to make people aware of, however, is that the winning bid confirmation emails send the seller's address to the buyer. So some mean old scammer has my address, and probably the address of anyone else whose items they've falsely bid on. At the moment I don't really know if there's anything anyone can do about that. Possibly the better idea may be to make your address on the site a PO Box if you have one, which will at least keep these dishonest folks from getting a hold of your home address.
That said, if there's a way to stop that happening that I'm too blind to see, I'd love it if someone could pretty please let me know :) Thanks!