If you are a (potential) victim of this scam please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Some general rules to live your life by:
- If it seems to good to be true then it
- If it quacks like a scam, swims like a scam and waddles like a scam then it's
- Even if the deal is reeeeeeeeeeeally good.
- Especially if the deal is really good.
- Especially if they are selling a new VW Bora in excellent condition for "4000EUR".
- A seller does not seem to know which way around their own names should go, for example, Hendry is a surname and Ian is a first name , not vice versa.
- You google the person, and find a big fucking warning in RED and YELLOW on their homepage warning
idiotspeople like you not to fall for the scam.
- Complicated stories that involve selling goods internationally, eg, I am on business in KENTUCKY USA and I need the iPhone for my son who is in Lagos Nigera... etc, or, the car is in London but for some reason I am selling it on a German website to German users only. See also below.
- Random capitalised words, eg: "YOU will ask a friend to come with you to Western Union Office. HE will make a transfer so that HE will be the sender and YOU will be the receiver. YOU will receive the money from Western Union in UK,London"
- Native English speakers making simple errors, eg: "If you are not agree with this depozit i will not have eny problem, you can come to my when you want i dont have problem but i will not keep the car for you until you are here..Let me explain to you way i want this depozit:" (Ironically there is a distinct lack of capitalisation here, as well as uses of Z and missing As that wouldn't even be acceptable in America.)
- Images of passports. This does not prove anything apart from the fact that the seller has a picture of a passport. That image may have been doctored, the passport may not be real, or they may have just found a picture of someone else's passport that they rather inadvisedly put on flickr.
- Western Union. It seems that it is very easy to retrieve money from Western Union that is not meant for you.
UPDATE: Apparently Mr. Hendry Kai Ian is now offering a BMZ Z4 Cabrio for €5500. Yes, it's still a scam, no matter how much you wish it wasn't.
UPDATE: And a Jeep Wrangler.