Last July 13, 2014, I have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org(her picture is shown in the header) about her interest of buying my pre-loved DSLR camera which was posted at www.olx.ph.
Item: CANON EOS 1000D with 18-55mm Kit Lens (2nd Hand)Serial no: 32506619145
Price (as posted in olx.ph): P10,000.00
This was the recipient details provided to me:Shipping address follow.....Name- Neo wycleff .... Address- 684 Pretorius StCity-Arcadia Pretoria ...zip code-0083Country-South Africa....Contact number- 0613194575
She agreed to pay for the shipping fee so I need to inform her about the total cost. I informed her that I need P17,000.00, for the camera and the shipping fee. She also said that the item will be shipped to “her” nephew in South Africa and if I agree, she will provide as well the shipping cost. I tried doing a research on her email address in google for any scam related article but found none.
July 14, I sent the item via DHL - SM The Block.July 16, I received a Paypal payment notification from email@example.com. However, the email says that the payment is on-hold and will be transferred to my account once I was able to provide the tracking number of the shipment.July 17, I received another (fake)Paypal email saying that the tracking number is being verified.July 18, another notification was email to me saying the fund is being transferred to my account but i checked my bank account but none was deposited to it. Then, there was a system maintenance...
I was tracking my shipment via DHL.com and the item was delivered to the location on July 21st. And was signed by "John".
I received another notification from alleged Paypal saying I need to pay VAT charges to South African customs amounting to P5,000.00 via Western Union to: PELESA PERSERVERANCE MALISAAfter few days, I received another Paypal email saying I need to pay another P6,000.00 for additional charges otherwise the parcel will be destroyed. I need to send it to the same recipient. Both money transfers were picked up the following day that i sent them.
I was restless and anxious since there is still no funds transferred to my account. I call Paypal and provided the buyers email and firstname.lastname@example.org. Paypal confirmed that it was illegitimate. I have forwarded the emails I received from the fraud Paypal email.After that I kept sending email to email@example.com but as expected she is not responding anymore same with the firstname.lastname@example.org.
I tried to report PELESA PERSERVERANCE MALISA to Western Union but they said that they are not conducting criminal investigations. Instead I need to report to Police then they cooperate with the authorities to solve the problem.I have reported jadavanesa's facebook account and it was deleted already. I sent a report to gmail as well but no response.
All in all I lost worth of P 28,000.00. I did not reported this to authorities or file a lawsuit because the time and cost might be more that what I lost and know that these people are residing in another country it is very hard to trace their identity.
I just want to sell my camera for an upgrade and yet some conscience-less people did this to me.
|Address:||684 Pretorius St., Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa|
|Crime Date/Time:||13 Jul 2014, 00:07 AM|
|Reported Date:||4 Aug 2014, 16:08 PM|