I finally listed the portable DVD player. First time, one watcher, but no bids. Second time, I got a bid. Hooray! Then right at the last minute, it got bid WAY up. The bidder was a new member, but heck, everyone has to be new at some point. I didn't really think that much about it, just hoped that I'd get paid.
Well, later that night I get a message:
Hello, i'm glad to win your item, and this is to let you know that i am commited
in buying your item as a Birthday gift for my Uncle who is presently on a
research programme in Africa Nigeria, i have contacted EMS SPEED POST so am
paying you the sum of 100USD as to cover all neccessary costs and the
will be made thru my paypal account, so expect payment for your item
and as soon
as you have confirm the payment in your paypal account ship the
to the address here is his present address in
Nigeria: (followed by address)
So I'm thinking, "No chance." My listing was clear that I would mail it to the US only. So I sent a note stating that and said that if I didn't receive payment in five days, I'd report him to ebay for fraud.
So then I get this email today:
Hi mate thanks for yoyr email and just to let you know that am buying this from
you for my uncle who is on a research programme in nigeria so and i dont have
option than to buy and send it to him as i wish and 100usd has made for the cost
of shipping to nigeria with EMS Speed post cos i want it ship if possible by the
next available post to his address in nigeria and kindly get back to paypal for
your payment of the item if you like or not ebay is involve in this transaction
with you dont just say yopu scare of fraud activity. many thanks as you are
responding my action pls let the both of us obey the paypal instruction so that
we can have a clear deal.many thanks
Then, if that's not enough, I got two statements from "paypal" saying that the payment had been sent to my account. Never mind that my account doesn't show any activity and that the emails came from a spoofed address (yes, they have been reported).
So now I'm still stuck with this DVD player I don't need and I'm stuck with this hastle that I definitely don't need. BAH!