Nigerian Scam unstoppable at eBay?DorkusMasterus writes "Here's the situation, and the question is to follow:
I was selling an item on eBay with a "Buy it Now" feature. So I got excited when someone actually did just that. I sent an invoice and nearly immediately recieved an email from PayPal stating that I had received a credit in my account over the requested amount. (Now, don't stop reading yet... I do read
Here is my question to the legion called Slashdot: Is there any recourse here to prevent this sort of thing from happening? I mean, yes, I could just Craigslist the thing, but frankly I like using eBay. (yeah yeah, flame on!) But, being that he simply did what anyone could do, create a fake profile, made a couple of legitimate purchases to get himself a meager positive reputation score, etc... What's to stop people like this from doing it again. My meager efforts include notifying eBay and PayPal of course, but honestly, I expect nothing. I even wrote to Interpol giving them all information including this guy's Nigeria address, but again, with the sheer volume of this kind of crime, why would they bother. So, what tools do you guys/gals know to get this stuff to change? Any groups? eBay workarounds? Secret police in Nigeria? Thanks for your time!"