The "I Just Got Conned" Thread

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  1. onesock

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    Alright, a little background info.

    I decided to sell my PSP because I had just opened my paypal account. About 2 days into it, I get a message along the lines of...

    "I'd like to buy this PSP for my grandson in Nigeria for a present. I'll pay 350.00 and cover 50.00 for shipping."

    I was in awe. $400! Too good to be true? Probably.


    So today, I see an email saying I need to send a tracking number before I can get my $400.00. So I send out the item at about 5:00 this afternoon. I send the tracking number, and wait. Nothing happens. 4 hours later, I check. Nothing. I call Paypal and inquire. The lady says, "Sir, that's a scam email. Did it say send it to Nigeria?"

    "Uh...Yeah."

    "Yes, please call USPS to see if you can get your item back right away."

    So long story short, I have to go to USPS tomorrow and get my PSP back, because it probably wasn't sent yet. My first eBay trasnaction and this is what happens.

    So if someone from Nigeria offers to pay you a ridiculous amount of money for an item, DELETE THAT MESSAGE.

    Thanks for your time.
     
  2. Eric

    Eric Per sempre marciamo.

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    Wow. That really sucks man. At least now I know to stay away from that guy.
     
  3. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Damn that sucks.
     
  4. llamatron

    llamatron Shut up, Nigel. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Seriously, how the shit did you fall for that?
     
  5. onesock

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    No freaking clue dude. No freaking clue.
     
  6. Wreckgar

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    Wait, so you get an e-mail saying it was a hacked account and then send it out?

    Please tell me I read that wrong
     
  7. butz

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    Wow. I don't think your thread is going to turn into the epic that rattrap's did, btw.
     
  8. Lord Bacon

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    did they ask for your bank account numberings?
     
  9. onesock

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    No. Just a tracking number for the package.
     
  10. Deefuzz

    Deefuzz Beard On! Beardmaster! Veteran

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    Was the dude named Fred?
     
  11. onesock

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    No, it was Henry...
     
  12. TJOmega

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    Those e-mails are starting to make me think Nigeria is a country who's national income is 90% internet scams and mass government facilities are devoted to discovering what would trick foreigners after their newest scam gets discovered.
     
  13. Phy

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    Aw, dude. Promise me you will never send anything to a Nigerian scammer again. Not money, not goods, not happy thoughts. I mean, it's not like the place is already notorious for internet scams, but there's an article in this month's National Geographic about what a dump the country's become - due to the oil industry and how mis-fucking-handled it's been.
     
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    BEAT ME TO IT!
     
  15. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Ok, seriously, WTF? First rule of selling ANYTHING is that you get payment BEFORE you ship. PERIOD. Have you ever seen a car dealer sign over a car before the person pays for it or gets a loan?

    I feel bad because of your problems, but really... what were you thinking?
     
  16. llamatron

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    You're only young, pretty much everyone will fall for some kind of scam at some point. After that they will become stronger and more resilient.



    I'm thinking about starting my own scamming nation - FREDGERIA.
     
  17. onesock

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    I guess I had money on the brain. That's all I was thinking of.
     
  18. $5HotRod

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    The First Golden Rule of Selling Something: Never, ever, ever send the goods until you get paid. Get the proof that the person paid first. Then, make sure what they sent you is good. Finally, after you are 100% sure the payment is good, then ship the item and provide them with a tracking number and/or insurance. If the situation truly calls for it, ask for the "green card" as well.
     
  19. Optimus Scourge

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    No offence, man, but that's "SELLING 101" (ANYTHING)

    payment FIRST!!!

    Sorry, man :( 
     
  20. onesock

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    I'm just happy I can get my PSP back. Hopefully, next time around, I'll learn from my mistakes.
     

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