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Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Business / Will Craigslist Work In Nigeria? (2661 Views) Nigerian Scammer On Craigslist / How Can You Post Ads On Craigslist From Nigeria? / Nigeria (2) (3) (4) (1) (Reply) (Go Down)Will Craigslist Work In Nigeria? by pslm23(f): 8:55pm On Sep 16, 2010 Most of you probably have heard of and some haven’t. Craigslist is like a trade by batter deal but with cash involved! In other words, if you have something like a car, furniture, clothing, books, jewelry, computer stuff, etc. that u no longer use but is still in good/fair condition, u post it on craigslist at a super affordable price and anybody interested will contact you and buy it. There is even a section for guys and gals looking for is the only West African country listed on craigslist and I think Nigeria should be too. Here’s a link to the site: my question again is, do you think this site will be received well in Naija? Re: Will Craigslist Work In Nigeria? by bigmodo(m): 10:37am On Sep 17, 2010 i remember when i use to make a living from facebook posting ads in usa cities before they introduced the phone verification stuff. we already have a site similar like cl available at Will Craigslist Work In Nigeria? by pslm23(f): 1:00pm On Sep 17, 2010 bigmodo:i remember when i use to make a living from facebook posting ads in usa cities before they introduced the phone verification stuff. we already have a site similar like cl available at. I didn’t know there was a site like CL in Naija! cool! i have to go check it out and see what it’s all about. Thanks for the info! Re: Will Craigslist Work In Nigeria? by GideonG(m): 11:40pm On Oct 03, 2010 I have been using Nairalist for long and bought a lot of stuffs there. I also made a lot of cash from there.
Just five gangs in Nigeria are behind most Craigslist buyer …
Five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind most scams targeting sellers on Craigslist, and they’ve taken new measures to make their swindles appear legitimate, according to a new a new innovation, they’re using professional check-writing equipment plus U. S. -based accomplices to not raise suspicions among their victims. “I think the most surprising thing was the number of people in the U. participating in this scam, ” said Damon McCoy, an assistant professor in the computer science department at George Mason University, in a phone and colleague Jackie Jones, of George Mason’s information technology department, seeded Craigslist with advertisements for laptops to see if they could attract scammers who target aigslist has many protections to weed out fraudulent product listings, “but little effort has been made to protect legitimate users receiving responses from fraudulent buyers, ” according to their paper, due to be presented on Sept. 24 at the IEEE eCrime Research Summit in Birmingham, priced the laptops at a 10 percent premium over similar goods listed on Amazon, which deterred all but one legitimate bogus buyers got in touch over email. To track where the scammers were based, Jones and McCoy responded with emails containing images of the products offered for sale. When the link was clicked on, the scammers real IP address was variably, the senders were based in Nigeria. More than half of bogus payments received were linked to just five Nigeria-based groups, showing how buyer scams originate from a fairly small rprisingly, the most profitable buying-related fraud didn’t involve spoofing fake payments from works like this: The buyer tells the seller they can pay for an item with a certified check. The buyer says, however, that he can’t pick up the item and needs to user a “mover” seller is quickly sent a check by FedEx or UPS from a U. address that is printed with professional check-writing equipment for well over the amount of the laptop, averaging about $1, seller is supposed to cash the check, keep the amount for the laptop and send the rest by Western Union to a mover agent, who is based in the U. The victims are also asked to ship the U. banks will still “float” funds from a check before it has cleared, McCoy said. But the fake check will be discovered eventually, and the bank will try to recover the was particularly interesting about this scam is that the checks were all sent from within the U. S., indicating that the groups in Nigeria recruited local help. That is a potential choke point for law enforcement trying to deal with the problem, the researchers checks were good enough to fool banks, which would begin processing them. McCoy said several banks thought the checks looked fine at first sight, with the correct routing numbers for the banks. Some of the phony checks were generated using VersaCheck software on legitimate check paper, with watermarks and other security of the checks listed real businesses that were geographically close to the bank listed on the strong U. hook makes it unlikely that a victim would ever even know they were dealing with someone in Nigeria, McCoy fake check scam is much more profitable than PayPal scams that try to dupe the person into thinking they will be paid from an escrow account when an item is those cases, the scammer only gets an item, while in the check fraud, they will get cash and possibly an item as news tips and comments to Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk
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5 Nigerian gangs dominate Craigslist buyer scams – The …
Just five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind a widespread type of fraud targeting sellers on Craigslist.
The Lads from Lagos are going to considerable lengths of investing time and money in order to make their scams more plausible, according to a study by George Mason University researchers Damon McCoy and Jackie Jones.
The researchers discovered that Nigerian scammers have enlisted the help of US-based accomplices as well as getting their hands on professional cheque-creating kit.
The two researchers put up “honeypot” ads for laptops priced, on average, at a 10 per cent premium over similar kit on Amazon in a bid to discourage legitimate buyers. Only one legitimate purchaser tried to purchase the overpriced equipment.
Many less savoury buyers approached the researchers by email. In response, the researchers sent images of the products. Opening these images revealed info on the IP addresses of scammers. More than half came from Nigeria from what the researchers identified as just five groups of fraudsters.
The Craigslist scam kicks into effect when these “buyers” offer to pay for the advertised kit with a certified cheque. The scammers further claim that they couldn’t pick up the goods in person and are using a US-based “mover agent”. The “cheque” is higher than the purchase price and intended marks are asked to send the difference – minus their expenses for shipping the kit – via Western Union.
This overpayment scam works because banks are likely to initially accept the cheque and might even “float” funds from a cheque before it has cleared. Once the cheque is discovered to be fraudulent, banks attempt to claw funds back as well as imposing a surcharge, levying even more pain on defrauded sellers.
If successful, sellers will not only fail to receive any money for the goods that they were intending to sell, but will be even further out of pocket because of the money they have transferred under false pretence. In this way the scam is even more lucrative than listing frauds, which attempt to trick sellers into thinking they will be paid from an escrow account held by PayPal once they ship their computer kit.
Analysis of the return addresses on envelopes used to send out the fraudulent cheques as well as the signatures on the cheques were used to categorise the originators of frauds.
Overpayment scams have been around for years and are not particular to Craiglist. The listings site has a variety of defences against fraudulent sellers but bogus buyers remain a problem. Work by the two researchers show that these scams are getting more sophisticated.
“Some of the phoney checks were generated using VersaCheck software on legitimate check paper, with watermarks and other security features, ” IT World reports. “Most of the checks listed real businesses that were geographically close to the bank”.
Bank routing numbers used in the scam are legitimate.
Victims may well not know that the “buyer” of the kit is actually located in Nigeria thanks, in part, to the use of a US-based middleman.
McCoy and Jones are due to present their research (PDF) at the IEEE-backed APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research in Birmingham, Alabama later this month (24 September). An abstract for their paper, entitled The Check is in the Mail: Monetization of Craigslist Buyer Scams, (PDF) explains that a better understanding of how the scam worked gives the potential for law enforcement on others to crack down on the scam, in particular by identifying and targeting US-based affiliates.
To grow our understanding of scammer methods and how they monetize these scams, we utilize a data collection system posting ”honeypot advertisements” on Craigslist offering products for sale and interact with scammers gathering information on their payment methods. We then conduct an analysis of 75 days worth of data to better understand the scammer’s patterns, supporting agents, geolocations, and methods used to perpetuate fraudulent payments.
Our analysis shows that five groups are responsible for over 50 per cent of the scam payments received. These groups operate primarily out of Nigeria, but use the services of agents within the United States to facilitate the sending and receiving of payments and shipping of products to addresses both in Nigeria and the United States.
This small number of scammer organizations combined with the necessity of support agents within the United States indicate areas for potential targeting and disruption of the key scammer groups.
More comment on the ins and outs of the Craiglist scam and overpayment scams in general can be found in a blog post on Sophos’s Naked Security blog here. ®