I've recently posted an advertisement on this forum and would like to warn everyone of fraud by a certain person disguised under this name (Adam Roberts...which is a real person I assume exist) and using this email <[email protected]>.
The first email I got from him/her consisted of exchanges of wanting to buy the goods I posted ( I noticed a geoexpat disclaimer warning one of selling goods to certain countries) and that was where my suspicion of the whole fraud thing started. The potential buyer mentioned that he/she has an account with FedEx and asked if I wanted him to do the shipping and I agreed. The payment for the goods is to be done through Bidpay (a genuine US online payment website). I continued emailing to confirm whether the buyer is genuine and got to where I needed to provide personal info to which I did (just my name and address). What the person did was to:
1. send me an email with details of a Bidpay number and a Western union order approval which contains broken links and spelling errors
2. use my contact details and apply for a FedEx acct (FedEX sent me an email and I cancelled that account)
3. sent me an email on hotmail under my own hotmail account to say that the shipping is to be done
I'm glad I verified everything with the organisations concerned before shipping any goods out! Just a warning for everyone.