I listed a Nikon coolpix camera on craigslist for 100 dollars and almost immediately got a response saying "Hi, I'm interested in your item. Please tell me if it is still availible and your firm price" I assumed that they were near me because who would look for something so little and common in Iowa when based in Utah.
I then got this email.
I got your mail.The price is ok by me,I reside in Utah but needs to purchase for my Son that traveled to West Africa for his international studies,he is with his Father who was transferred to work at the united states embassy in west Africa and i want to send him a
birthday gift because his birthday is coming up soon..I would have come to pick it up myself but because of distance and nature of my work as a medical doctor at Mormon Tabernacle Choir extension in South Utah,my days are always busy.Please if you do have a
paypal account,provide it to me so that I Make the payment to you Or your Full name,Full contact Address,City,State and Zip Code if you wish to receive the money through money order.I will be paying you the total of $160 for both the cost price and the
shipping...[Please i need the information fast so that your payment will reach you before tomorrow to enable you ship the Packages fast.
It stressed the fact that it was urgant that I send her my information immediatly so that I could send the camera to her son in africa.
I sent her my Name and adress expecting a money order through the mail for me to cash before mailing my item. but then I got an email saying that she sent me the money by Merchant Express Money Order Company and to be expecting an email through them. Then sent me the adress to mail the camera and I noticed it was in Nigeria, where most scams happen. I can't count the number of times I've gotten an email from a Nigerian bank about my funds being transfered for pick up. (i have no funds!)
I typed in Mercant Express money order and found this website about the same eamils and stories happening after putin a camera on Craigslist.
I immediatly sent "DR. Brown" a message saying that the deal is off and that I looked up her money order company and found this same craigslist scam all over the place.
Thank you ripoff report for saving me from sending my valuble goods to Nigeria for no money.