Watch out for BOBBY!!!

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 17:55
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This email was sent to me via my ad. in the Trader section. Do these things actually work???

Hello I am bobby, procurement manager for Buyers inc, Plot 209/210 Osborne Road,South west Victoria Garden,Tema,Ghana . We specialise in purchase of various items for customers here in West Africa, and we get paid in commission,after payment has been confirmed by the seller to the buyer.At present we have a customer interested in purchasing your above mentioned for the sum of $500, and he is offering to pay $400. And i will like to know the present condition above mentioned, and if possible scan and forward me via email it's picture, you know that will be very encouraging while discussing payment with my customer. We will arrange for the pick up, through a pre-paid shipping agent, as soon as you acknowledge reciept of payment. Please acknowledge the offer, and i will inform my customer of your confirmation of acceptance to sell and have the funds remitted to you as soon as possible. Thanks, bobby..
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:00

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:00
Yes some scammer, I had one recently and ignored it.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:01

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:01
Forward the email to Michelle at michelle@itbeyonddotcomdotau, replace the dots with .'s. She might be able to do something like ban the email from seeing the site, or bar the IP addy who knows?

Otherwise get the money before you send the item and get additional dollars for postage too. Make sure you're holding the readies before you handover the goodies.
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Follow Up By: waveslave - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:07

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:07
I have a feeling that he'll ask me for my bank details so he can hand over the cash, then clean it out!

Just like the ones about the African King who must leave the country, but the only way he can keep his money is give you 6 million. Just give him your bsb and acct no. and he'll wire it to you, then meet you in 2 days.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 19:22

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 19:22
Just ask for a bank chequeand tell him that you'll send it as soon as the cheque's received
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:20

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:20
He'll pay you with a cheque and after 3 days the bank will clear the funds as required by law. But after a number of weeks when the cheque gets back to the orginating bank and is bounced your bank will want the cash back. The fraudster is counting on you sending the goods in the window between your bank clearing the funds and the orginating bank bouncing it.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 19:23

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 19:23
Thats clever Ray, how much time do you usually have
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 19:54

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 19:54
Well in this case it would depend on how fast the Bullocks can run in Ghana :)

The cheque has to get back to the bank for processing and it appears the cogs turn rather slow...2 or 3 weeks...dunno for sure
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:22

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 18:22
It's another version of the Nigerian mail scam thats been running around for years.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 19:54

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 19:54
As some of you know I work for a major bank.
We received a Fraud Alert yesterday; the details you've posted above sound suspiciously similar to how it is perpetrated.

MY ADVICE.....leave it alone!!!
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 20:11

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 20:11
This is a scam, and was detailed lot too long ago on one of the 6.30 current affair shows.
They arrange to collect the goods, you get a deposit into you account, but it goes pear shaped, you do your money AND the goods.
Best to leave it alone - or tell them they can collect once all the International Clearance procedures are completed - allow 3 months. When they say NO .. you know it is a scam.
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 20:20

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 20:20
Don't even consider it!!!!!!!!! It is a scam. There was a lengthy post on this some months ago. It must be here somewhere in the archives. Virtually anything coming out of Africa is a scam. Don't get caught!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 20:48

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 20:48
Maybe Africa is a scam. Has anyone actually seen the place? LOL
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 20:48

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004 at 20:48
W/S - please be very cautious, in fact I would advise DO NOT respond.
1. the current way the trader is setup is to protect your email address. They can only make contact with you anonymously. They do not have your email address - UNTIL you respond. Then you will get spammed.
2. As a credit card merchant, we are advised by the bank that NEVER in history has a transaction from Ghana, Nigera, or anywhere in West Africa ever been valid. We are advised NEVER to accept cards from these countries.
3. I received a complaint from a dear fellow yesterday who has been scammed via his trader ad - he wishes me to advise you all the details so that you might be aware - see copy of his email to me below:

My great concern at the moment is a guy who signed
> himself off as wisey answered my post when I was trying to aquire a
> Pentax ME super camera > He gave me his telephone numbers & I rang him
> he sounded very genuine & had what I wanted so being the trusting
> person that I was I struck a deal & sent him a postal order for a
> $100- 13 days later I still havn't got a camera hes got a $100 . Not
> much I know but hurts when you are a pensioner . His phone numbers
> have been canceled also email address .Sorry to bore you with all this
> but that sort of guy really contributes to spoiling a fantastic site
> . His name was supposed to be Andrew Wise 4Yuki Ave.Picnic Point 2213
> N.S.W Email . Thanks for listening Michelle .

Hope this helps you all.
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Reply By: Goran - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 01:24

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 01:24
If you want to tell him what you think of him open up yahoo mail account and email him from there.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 12:22

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 12:22
I have successfully run the code to ban Bobby's email address from using our system. However, he may come on again under a different email address as it was a free yahoo one (one course!). Please alert me directly via email if you are concerned about any more imposters so I can take action. This does happen unfortuantely from time to time.
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