The Latest Email Scam
from the ever-changing-scams dept
Having realized that the shelf-life of the typical Nigerian 419 email scam may be nearing its end, it sounds like those scammers have moved on to the next set of tricks in their scam playbook. We've spoken about these briefly before, but this article makes it seem like it's happening more often. The way it works is that someone in Africa contacts you to buy some sort of product you are selling online (either on your own site, or on eBay). They then send you a check - often for more than the agreed on price. They even tell you to wait until the check clears - and then asks you to send the goods (and sometimes a return on the overpayment). It's only a week or so later that the bank discovers the check has been stolen and/or forged. The article focuses on one small online business man who seems to receive such offers all the time.