Nigerian scammers take on many forms and contact many small businesses.
They will typically use stolen credit card details, pretend to be big importer/exporters of whatever you sell and happily place a big order. Well, wouldn’t you place a big order if you were getting it for free? A new idea is to use their stolen cards to arrange their own couriers. That way, when it leaves your premises, you have no right of recall when the payment is reversed by the bank hours later; when the fraud is detected.
They like to try to rip off small businesses because they imagine small business owners will not be au fait with 714 and other Nigerian scams. Well, some small business owners are educated on such things, and some of them run blogs like this.
I guess that’s a fail for Mr Nbogo or whatever this scammer is called. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
So here was his introductory email:
This mail is to make inquiry on the below question.
1- Do you carry overseas? (though i already know of a freight forwarder that will pick my packages from you,since they ship lesser than any other courier and they are so effective in shipping my goods to me here in Melbourne Victoria,Australia is estimated to be 3-4days) I have used their services in the past and it was splendid.
2- Do you accept credit card for payment(my U.S.A Master and Visa card to be precise)?
Kindly let me know your comments on these, before i send the items i am interested in purchasing from you.
The girl who handles orders in our shop smelled a rat immediately and left it for me to reply to.
So our hero is in Australia and has US credit cards and very grim English? Hmmm…….. so lets head on over to http://www.iptrackeronline.com/header.php and check out where his email came from.
Header Analysis Quick Report
Originating IP: 220.127.116.11
Originating ISP: IPNX Nigeria Ltd
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Doesn’t sound like an Australian with an American credit card does it?
Of course not. This is an attempted Nigerian scam. So we sent him this reply:
Your IP address and bad English tells me that you are not in Australia; rather that you are in Nigeria. Ikeja to be exact.
We do not ship to Africa. More especially, we do not ship to Nigerians with allegedly American credit cards who pretend to be in Australia.
Better luck next time with your attempted scam.
We will never stop these people; but at least we can share their info for Google as I have done here and reply and laugh at them.