Posted by: admin in General on April 24th, 2011

Craigslist/PayPal Nigeria Scam?

I have an item on craigslist, and someone wanted to buy it. They supposedly paid me through PayPal and I did get a comfirmation email, but the email address was from”… I read about scams like this and all of them happened to have the item shipped to Nigeria, just like the person requested.

So after I discovered this, I started ignoring the guy's emails. And now he's threatening to report me to Craigslist and PayPal and have legal action taken against me (I even got a email from the imposter PayPal about it). But since this was a scam, am I safe from this “legal action” and can I continue to ignore him and laugh at him as his anger level increases?

Most people online are searching for the quick and easy way to make money online. But most people who are looking for quick fixes also find that their money also is lost in an equally quick manner. Get rich quick scams abound on the internet and this article highlights a few of the most common get rich quick scams online.

The $5 email work at home scam

Ever so often one of my newsletter readers will tell me about the latest work at home scam that they have found. This email or letter just tells you that someone got a whole bunch of $5 notes coming in via the mail and that if you did so you will make money online. The letter usually has 3 names in the list and the subsequent person is supposed to add your name in the list and slowly move up the email. The reason why this is a scam and does not work is that most people will just delete the top name and replace it with theirs so that they get paid first.

The Nigerian Scam

Most people online now know of the traditional Nigerian Scam where people in Nigeria refuse to find proper jobs and spend their time sending emails to people promising them great riches in exchange for certain fees. Never listen to any of these scams, people who went to Nigeria to get their money back have been said to be killed while over in Nigeria. For more information on this type of money making scam a good resource website would be

High Yield Investment Programs and other ponzi scams

These programs are usually ponzi in nature meaning that the owners will take money from later investors to pay the earlier investors and then run off with the money once they cannot pay out later in the scheme or if they find that the amount of money with them is large enough. A quite survey of the websites in the area are all very well designed as they usually use the same template in all their websites. Treat all claims to legitimate trading with great suspicion as no one really can verify that they are actually making money in commodity or forex trading online.

In conclusion, if you want to make money fast online, be prepared to lose it fast as well. When dealing with questionable investment type programs online, put a little money inside to test. You might want to spend some time reading up online before plunging your hard earned money in any money making activity online.


Joel Teo is the owner of the Money Making Directory which boasts of money making tips, recommendations and resources to help ordinary people make money online. Signup for his free newsletter today at and receive his complimentary “7 Insider Secrets to making money online” Course.

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Irs Warning Taxpayers About New Email Scams

If you have an email account, you know about all the scam emails you get. Scammers are getting braver and using the IRS name in their new tactics.

IRS Warning Taxpayers About New Email Scams

The IRS has begun warning taxpayers that it is seeing a surge in tax scam emails. Many of the emails even have the hubris to use the IRS name! Brave souls, indeed. Regardless, the scams seem to fall in the area of identity theft through phishing tactics.

First and foremost, you should understand that the IRS does NOT send emails to taxpayers. Never, never, never! If you get an email from the IRS, it is a fake. Unconditionally! Do not respond to it under any circumstances. Do not click links in the body of the email. Take one action and one action only – delete it!

Since the turn of the year, the IRS has identified 99 new email scams targeted at taxpayers. All of the scams are aimed at bilking you out of your private information. Most try to do this by claiming your must provide information or your will not receive your tax refund. In some cases, the fake emails threaten you with an audit. Again, this is all false information.

Many people fall victim to the IRS scam emails because they click through to the site linked in the email. There, they find a site that appears for all intensive purposes to be the one published by the IRS. Make no mistake – this means nothing. Anyone can copy and republish a site. Yes, even the site of the IRS. It is pretty scary when you think about it. Best Buy, in fact, had major problems with this for some time.

So, where are these scammers? It should come as no surprise that few in the boundaries of the United States would have the nerve to try this. Instead, the IRS has tracked most of the s
camming emails to other countries, but not necessarily the usual suspects. The countries include England, Italy, Japan, Germany, Australia and Singapore. Usual suspects include China, Aruba, Mexico, Indonesia and Argentina. Surprisingly, only a few have originated from the scam mecca of Nigeria.

The best way to beat scammers is to know the facts. The IRS does not communicate in any way with taxpayers by email. If you get an email purportedly from the IRS, it is a fake. If you have a nagging doubt, call the agency to find out if anything is up. Otherwise, delete that email!

By: Richard A. Chapo

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