So in the style of the great p-p-p-powerbook and m-m-m-macbook eBay scams, I've found myself in the middle of a similar scam regarding the sale of my old iPod. Here's the story:
I bought a new 60GB iPod about a week ago. Not needing my older 30GB 3rd gen model any more, I decided to sell it and the accessories I have for it. I put a thread up for it here on AF as well as on the LEM Swap List, but I didn't get any takers. So yesterday I put it on eBay, and (foolishly, now I realize) set a Buy-it-Now price of $200. This morning I got an e-mail from eBay saying that the iPod had sold, followed by an e-mail from the buyer:
Compliment of the season to you. I am Mrs Sharon Williams from
brooklyn,NY but Presently in UK for a Church programme. I saw your item advertised on ebay # 9743507360 and i am really intrested in buying it for my Daughter as a surprise Birthday gift for her in Oxbrigde college lagos and i will handle the shipment expenses.
i will be sending you my fedex account number for the shipment and i will be making out your payment via PayPal,so kindly send me your PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS so i can immedaitely make out your payment and you will receive the paypal payment confirmation from paypal. Make sure you get the package ready for shipment today,you can ship the item as soon as you recieve the paypal payment confirmation from paypal.
send me your paypal email address and i will immedaitely mke out payment.
Expecting your reply so as to immedaitely make out the
The e-mail came from a seemingly legit e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org), but the text of the e-mail screams SCAM. First, she says she's from Brooklyn but currently in the UK. Second, she's buying it for someone else, and wants me to ship it to the UK. Third, she wants me to charge the overseas shipping to her FedEx account number. Fourth, she wants to pay by PayPal (probably with a stolen account), and fifth, she's demanding I ship the package today (good luck, today's a Sunday). I also looked on eBay, and she has zero feedback, and apparently deleted her eBay account immediately after clicking Buy-it-Now (it says she's no longer a registered user).
I haven't replied to her above e-mail yet. Instead, I'd like to harness the power of Applefritter and solicit advice/help on how to handle this. I don't want to simply e-mail back "You're a scammer, go to hell", but rather want to sour the deal so that she (probably a he, actually) decides it's not worth her (his?) time to go through with the scam.
Here's some info:
eBay auction link:
Her feedback page: