Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/19

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Subject: [Leica] OT: new scam?
From: leicagalpal at (Kit McChesney)
Date: Sun Sep 19 14:45:28 2004


As an online retailer, I get these types of emails at the rate of, say,
three to five a day? They typically 'seem' to come from places like Nigeria,
or Indonesia, or somesuch. There is a lot of credit card fraud coming out of
southeast Asia. Usually I'm offered more than the price of the 'several'
items they want to buy (usually a half-dozen M7s or Digilux 2s) and they
want them shipped by DHL or some quick service. My response?

'Wire transfer only; when money is received, items ship. Period.'

Anything that sounds too good to be true, usually is. No, I take that back.
Always is. 

Don't do anything that doesn't sound real. When a customer from that part of
the world who is legitimate contacts me, and I have clients all over Asia,
it sounds real. They make contact, ask questions, and by the time the
transaction is complete, we have become friends and are talking on a
first-name basis. If I take a credit card, I have their bank's 24 hour
customer service number to verify their billing address. No verification
available? My same old singsong once again:

'Wire transfer only; when money is received, items ship. Period.' 

Real folks are more than happy to comply. They also appreciate the
incentives I provide with cash sales. :)


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Doug Herr
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2004 12:09 PM
Subject: [Leica] OT: new scam?

Here's the text of a message I recieved this morning:

on 9/19/04 9:59 AM, Ademola Adetokunbo at wrote:

> Hello,
> I will love to order some artworks from your gallery or
> studio to nigeria,Also i will loveto know if you can have it
> shipped viafedx and accept credit card as a favourable method
> of Payment.
> regards

Given Nigeria's reputation as a hotbed of internet scams, what does this
seem like to you?

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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