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Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 5:14pm On Jul 03, 2014
Dear Nairaland Guests.

This topic was created by CarXus. The main reasons why we do this are following:

1. We can see that a lot of people from Nigeria become victims of fraudsters every day.
2. We are trying to provide the best service for our clients however, different scammers were trying to compromise CarXus and we had no choice as to start struggling with them.
3. We strongly believe, that together we can help people from Nigeria to save their money and nerves.

In this topic you are more than welcome to share your experience (inform people about cases of scam, provide information about suspicious sources and offers); ask questions about CarXus and it's reliability; discuss with us and each other particular situations.
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 1:19pm On Jul 08, 2014
We would like to start this topic with the following subject. 
It is truth that every day a lot of car buyers from Nigeria become victims of so called "Nigeria Custom Service". Such "Nigerian Custom Officers" offer impounded auction cars, take money from buyers and disappear. If you know something about it and can share with us we would appreciate it!

Feel free to share your experience! smiley
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 4:27pm On Jul 08, 2014
The following information was provided to your attention to know, how to distinguish real Nigeria Custom from "Nigeria Custom" fraudsters.

Real Nigeria Custom:
1. Does not place any adverts of auctions and cars. 
2. Any potential buyer can make a good deal with real Nigeria Custom and buy a car, however the procedure of arranging the purchase it totally different from what the scammers under the same name can offer.
3. In order to get the car from real Nigeria Custom, the buyer should go to the capital of the country. The deal should be arranged in real time, with all the necessary official documents.

"Nigeria Custom" fraudsters:
1. Always use online sources to offer cars.
2. Always offer cars at unusually low prices.
4. Always have huge number of advertised cars with unreal details.
3. Always asking for pre-payments.

BEWARE OF FRAUD!
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 1:18pm On Jul 21, 2014
We have explained before, how to recognize real Nigeria Custom Service and scammers, who are working under "Nigeria Custom" name. Please note, that fraudsters are using all social media (like Facebook, Google+ or Nairaland) to post their "offers" and deceit potential buyers. Not to become victims of their scam, we recommend you the following:

1) Be careful and double check any information posted by users with names contain "Custom", or have a Custom officer profile picture;

2) If you are sure, that you face scammer, block this user, delete the posts and create reports from Social Media administration;

3) Share information about scammers with your friends;


Don't take any chance to scammers!
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 10:12pm On Jul 22, 2014
Please follow these simple rules to avoid scam!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 12:32pm On Jul 25, 2014
Be careful in Social Media!

Some scammers may repost information from other dealer pages. They can present other dealer offers as their offers.
Don't trust! It's 100% scam!
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 6:07pm On Jul 29, 2014
Dear visitors, we remind you that "Nigeria Custom" fraudsters:

1. Always use online sources to offer cars. Also they may repost information from other dealer pages and can present other dealer offers as their offers.

2. Always offer cars at unusually low prices. If you see a good car for the price 200-300K, it's 100% scam!

4. Always have huge number of advertised cars with unreal details. For example, they may "offered" more than 30-40 cars in one advertisement!

3. Always asking for pre-payments!

Be careful!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by Nobody: 10:06pm On Jul 29, 2014
Anyone who knows Philip Ken a car dealer at Ikeja (Kenmogee autos) should avoid dealing with him. He is a scammer. He has just been recently arrested for scamming people indisguise of selling cars I will upload his pictures later to save others from falling into his trap. More Update coming soon about his matter in court!!!

CarXus: Dear visitors, we remind you that "Nigeria Custom" fraudsters:

1. Always use online sources to offer cars. Also they may repost information from other dealer pages and can present other dealer offers as their offers.

2. Always offer cars at unusually low prices. If you see a good car for the price 200-300K, it's 100% scam!

4. Always have huge number of advertised cars with unreal details. For example, they may "offered" more than 30-40 cars in one advertisement!

3. Always asking for pre-payments!

Be careful!
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 1:30pm On Jul 30, 2014
sabiguy: Anyone who knows Philip Ken a car dealer at Ikeja (Kenmogee autos) should avoid dealing with him. He is a scammer. He has just been recently arrested for scamming people indisguise of selling cars to them! I am personally one of the people he scammed. I will upload his pictures later to save others from falling into his trap. More Update coming soon about his matter in court!!!


Thank you, dear sir, we are very grateful to you for sharing your experience!
We will wait for your promised pictures smiley

Everyone, who has been the victim of scammers, please share your stories with pictures, links, names of scammers here!
Help other to avoid the scam!
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 7:52pm On Aug 06, 2014
Just recently read an article about scam over the phone, it’s crazy what people are doing. So basically the story was about the woman who was selling some kids' stuff online. She got a call and the guy was asking her for card information to make a payment, after this he was asking her to go to the bank machine to check the balance and was following her. Thanks God her husband was with her and nothing bad happened, but that's how bad some people can be. Please be aware and stay safe.

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 7:34pm On Aug 08, 2014
Nowadays the most common type of scam is an Internet scam, people can mislead you and no one will be punished. You must be very careful with money transactions and do not transfer money to entrust sources without complete confirmation of the business nature and the deal that you are buying details.

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by Nobody: 3:23pm On Aug 11, 2014
This is the scammer as he got arrested.
CarXus:

Thank you, dear sir, we are very grateful to you for sharing your experience!
We will wait for your promised pictures smiley

Everyone, who has been the victim of scammers, please share your stories with pictures, links, names of scammers here!
Help other to avoid the scam!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by Nobody: 3:28pm On Aug 11, 2014
He was given money to buy a car and he converted the money to his personal use. He has been arrested and arraigned to court. He can't afford to pay anything back and he has been evacuated from his car lot at 36 acme road agidingbi. He will serve as a good example to others. Please no body should transact with this criminal in disguise of a car dealer. His name is Philip Kehinde aka Mr. Ken. Spread the news and save another unsuspecting victim.
CarXus:

Thank you, dear sir, we are very grateful to you for sharing your experience!
We will wait for your promised pictures smiley

Everyone, who has been the victim of scammers, please share your stories with pictures, links, names of scammers here!
Help other to avoid the scam!
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 12:52pm On Aug 12, 2014
sabiguy: He was given money to buy a car and he converted the money to his personal use by building a house in magboro in mowe with the money. He has been arrested and arraigned to court. He can't afford to pay anything back and he has been evacuated from his car lot at 36 acme road agidingbi. He will serve as a good example to others. Please no body should transact with this criminal in disguise of a car dealer. His name is Philip Kehinde aka Mr. Ken. Spread the news and save another unsuspecting victim.

Thank you very much for your information, dear sir!

Dear visitors, if you know any facts about scam, or you are a victim of scammers, if you know scammer's name, feel free to share your experience in this topic and help to other people to avoid this danger!
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 5:25pm On Aug 12, 2014
What to Do If You wired money to another country and became a Victim of a Scam

In most cases, if money were wired to another country and picked up, no one will reverse a transfer. Foreign governments offer no help at all because it's out of their jurisdiction.
Be careful before you will make a payment and check the company reliability to be sure that your wire transfer will be sent to the right receiver.
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 6:21pm On Aug 12, 2014
If you don't want to be a victim of car scam, please:

- Always search the VIN# from the advertisement in a search engine and see if it already has been sold or is listed somewhere else, if it is then the ad is fraudulent.
- Never buy a car if the seller offers to pay a shipping charge; it's the most common form of the scam.
- Never respond to 2nd chance offers that look suspiciously, most are frauds. If you see ad made by so-called "Nigeria Custom", or seller with "NCS" avatar, it's 100% scam!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 2:55pm On Aug 13, 2014
Free cheese is only in a mousetrap or Advance Fee Fraud

"Advance Fee Fraud" is one of the types of the Nigerian Scam that basically function by collecting people money by saying that you have to spend a few hundred dollars for a payment to this official here, a bribe payment there, a fee here, etc.
Usually, this type of scam involves the plea of a foreigner in desperate need of your help to transfer millions of dollars from his or her homeland into your bank account.
For your help, they will promise you a percentage of the money. But people who have gotten involved in this scam have lost of millions of dollars.
E-mail is the preferred form of initial communication and the lack of grammatical correctness and oddball capitalization adds authenticity to the plea. So, if you receive email from people like "Nigerian Prince", "Official", "Solicitor of law", "Son of former president <countryname>", or other people who need "your help for transfer", and offering you a big amounts of money for this help, be careful - this is a 100% scam!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 5:33pm On Aug 13, 2014
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 12:14pm On Aug 14, 2014
Somebody wants your help with transferring money and promising a reward?
Or someone wants to pay you cash checks and ask to send him money?
Or maybe you met a new friend on a friendship or dating site who's asking you for money?
Have you sold an item and are asked to accept a payment larger than the item amount?


And if you find a car with very low price, unreal details, and required pre-payment from the seller - be careful, it's all a scam!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 5:31pm On Aug 14, 2014
THE TOP 5 NAMES USED BY SCAMMERS

Advance Fee Fraud Scammers in some cases using the name of a well-known and respected personality; it's intended to impress their prospective victims. This strategy does work, and some people are trusting.
So, what are the names?
1) Sanusi Lamido/Tunde Lemo/Godwin Emefiele/Charles Soludo. These 4 are either current or past Governors/Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Anything can happen, right?
2) Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria. Like Nigerian Prince, if you know what I mean.
3) Barrister <insert name here> has a legal proposal for you. Only for you! Does not look suspicious? Of course not!
4) Coca Cola/Ford/Microsoft (etc) Lottery. Congratulations! You have won a lottery! Ha-ha.
5) Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria. The EFCC investigates 419 advance fee fraud in Nigeria... and they promised to recover your money, if you are a scam victim! Amazing!
What you can do in this case? You have one way, to delete these emails without any reply. Because World Leaders, National Bankers, Barristers, and Lottery Organizers are not going to personally email you and are certainly not going to make you rich.

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 12:09pm On Aug 15, 2014
Nigerian Scam Check: something about this type of scam.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud0yibwCIpY
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 12:11pm On Aug 18, 2014
Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 4:39pm On Aug 18, 2014
Hi, guys,

Today I want to start another interesting topic about types of scam.
It is great variety of scam types, more than 20 most known. Few days ago I told you about Advance Fee Fraud, the most using type of scam; and now I want to tell you about another type of scam - Fraudulent Check Scam.

So, what is a fake check scam?
Fraudulent check scams - scams in which checks are mailed to you. It's a fast-growing fraud that could cost you thousands of dollars. There are many types of fake check scams, but they all starts when someone gives you a realistic-looking check or money order and asks you to send cash somewhere in return. It's phony, and so is the person's story, but that may take weeks to discover. Now your bank wants the money back. However, just because you can get the cash doesn't mean the check or money order is good. Ultimately, you are responsible for the checks or money orders you deposit or cash. That's how the scam works.

Thanks you for attention smiley

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 6:08pm On Aug 18, 2014
Second interesting type of scam is Fraudulent Lotteries Scam.

It's a fraudulent lottery win notifications which ask you to pay fees.
You’re told via email or letter that you have won a large amount of money on an overseas or online lottery. Spanish, Canadian and Australian lotteries are among the most common.
So that you can process the payment of your winnings, it asks you to contact someone who claims to be an official at the lottery company. You are warned to keep your good luck a secret and, if you don’t respond quickly, you won’t be able to claim your winnings. However, either the lottery doesn’t exist or you’ve been contacted by fraudsters misusing the name of a genuine lottery. But you can be sure there is no prize money for you to win. If you respond to the fraudster, you’ll be asked to supply personal information and copies of official documents, such as your passport, as proof of identity. The fraudsters can then use this information to steal your identity. Once you have provided your personal information, the fraudsters will ask you to pay various fees – for example: taxes, legal fees, banking fees etc. – so that they can release your non-existent winnings. Each time you make a payment, the fraudsters will come up with a reason why your winnings can’t be paid out unless you make another payment. They’ll also give you reasons why the fees can’t be taken out of your winnings and have to be paid upfront.
The fraudsters may also ask for your bank details, saying they will pay your winnings directly into your bank account. But if you hand over your bank details, the fraudsters will use them to empty your account.

Thanks for your attention smiley

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 3:23pm On Aug 19, 2014
Next type of scam is a Romance Scam. In my opinion, this is the most disgusting type of fraud, because in first, most of the Romance Scam target audience is woman, and second, this fraud playing on our good emotions - love, care, tenderness and other.

So, Romance scams - scams in which the scammer plays a love interest on first (and only in a minority of cases, scammers can positioning itself as a friend).

This is a confidence trick involving feigned romantic intentions towards a victim, gaining their affection, and then using that goodwill to commit fraud. Fraudulent acts may involve access to the victims' money, bank accounts, credit cards, passports, e-mail accounts, or national identification numbers or by getting the victims to commit financial fraud on their behalf. Scammers are on dating sites, and social networks setting up fake profiles; they always use stolen photographs and the “real” person in the photo most likely has no idea his/her photo is being used in this way. He or she is another victim of this crime. Scammers use words we all like to hear and psychology to hold you in their spell. Once they have established a relationship then the scam begins. There are many templates of this kind of scam: your "friend" have landed in a hotel and now cannot pay the bill so the hotel is holding all their papers so they cannot leave; he wants to come to you but need your help with the money to manage that; he is in the hospital and need you to pay their hospital bill; or other.

Beware of this type of scam; it is not used to such an extent as Advance Fee Fraud or Fake Checks, but this scam makes us vulnerable and trusting; we ready to send all our money to this guy, for rescue him, but it's all only game and scam!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 6:17pm On Aug 19, 2014
If you really thought, that if you been scammed, no one can deceive you again, you thought wrong. Because as the saying goes, God created the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, but Devil created Money Recovery Scams.

Money Recovery Scams - scams which target those who have already been victimized.
Money recovery scams are particularly vicious since they target people who have already lost money to an internet scammer.
Scammers always do not like to give up on victims who have proved to be reliable sources of money - for example, if you are a successful businessman. Once a victim stops sending money, either because they realize they have been scammed or they simply run out of money, the scammer or one of his fellow criminals, will contact the victim pretending to be able to recover the money that the victim lost to a scam.
Often the scammer will claim to be an official government department or agency, like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria (it's the most using name in Nigeria). The scammer will ask for details of the original scam (in some cases he do this, because every scammer wants to know his mistakes) and will then assure the victim that the money can be recovered for a fee. Understandably victims are often angry and hope to get their lost money back so they often fall for these very evil scams; most of them don't understand that instead of lost money they received only great headache. If the fee is paid, there will be demands for more and more fees, until the victim realizes they have been conned again. Scammers have also pretended to be Scampatrol.org which is a well-respected victim protection site, in order to try to run this scam.
So, please beware of scams contacting you claiming to be able to get your money back from a scammer or get the scammer arrested!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 12:45pm On Aug 20, 2014
Hello, my friends. Today I want to tell you about type of scam which is one of the most difficult to detect in the world. It is Charity Scam.

Charity Scams - scams in which scammers pose as charities.
These scams try to take advantage of your generosity. They involve a scammer who is collecting money by posing as a genuine charity; and it is a big problem, to distinguish the fake from the real benefactors, so many people are very easy fall for this type of scam. Not only do these scams cost you money, they also divert much needed donations away from legitimate charities and causes.
Charity scams occur all year round (like fake widow-protect campaigns), but are also created directly in response to disasters, such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes and bushfire. I think that you understand: these guys make their money on our misfortunes!
Scammers will pose as either agents of legitimate well-known charities or create their own charity name (of course, it's fake!). This can include charities that research and support disease sufferers and their families. Scammers may also play on your emotions by claiming to help children who are ill.
Charity scams operate in a number of different ways. You may be approached on the street or in your home by people collecting money. Scammers may also set up false websites which look similar to those operated by real charities. Some scammers will also call you or email you with spam emails requesting donations. Unfortunately, many legitimate charities uses this way too, so it's really very hard to distinguish the fake charities from the real. This is two cases: the charity is not known, or it is well-known but the scammers is operating via a fake website or fake letters and emails under the name of this charity.
There are some ways to protect yourself from charity scams:
First, approach charity organizations directly to make a donation or offer support. In any case don’t rely on a phone number or website address given by the person who first called, visited or emailed you because they could be impersonating a legitimate charity. Never give out your personal, credit card or online account details unless you initiated contact and it is a trusted source. Don't open suspicious or unsolicited emails, or spam - simply delete it. And understand that really legitimate charities are registered at the state or territory level, so check with your local consumer protection agency to see if they are a genuine charity.

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 5:13pm On Aug 20, 2014
In some cases, if you looking for a job, you may think that you can find it everywhere. Yes, if you are a good specialist, you really can find it everywhere. But be careful; scammers watching for you, and in your search you can find no job, but many this guys.
Meet Employment Scams; this is a reason, why many people are afraid to look for a job on the Internet, and an even greater number of people left without money.


Employment Scams - fake employment opportunities.
Employment Scams, also known as Job Scams, is ugly and popular form of Advance Fee Fraud scamming where certain unscrupulous persons posing as recruiters or employers offer attractive employment opportunities which require the job seeker to pay them money in advance, usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses, and out-of-pocket expenses, etc. A non-Worked person, who falls on this fraud, always lost their last money, and of course, they never received offered job; because this work never existed!
This scam typically involves lucrative offers of employment in Europe, the Middle East, West or South Africa with money demanded to be paid to an "agency" or "travel agent" for visas or travel costs. These "companies" often present themselves with official-looking websites and documentation (but all of this is fake). Once the victim has paid the advanced fees for employment, the "business" either "declines employment" as soon as the transfer is finalized.
This type of scam has become more and more frequent recently due to the popularity of 419 scams, and growing suspicion towards e-mails offering to transfer money from bank accounts, especially those originating in Africa. Unlike 419 scams, job scams tend to mostly target persons looking for employment in other nations such as hopeful immigrants or contractors and operate out of nations with high immigrant and foreign employment rates.
It is advisable to be wary of any job offerings which arrive in e-mail unsolicited and eventually require anyone to pay a fee in advance, particularly if the fee is asked to be paid through a financial services company such as Western Union, or if one must pay the amount to a bank or person in a third country (especially a West African nation).
Remember that all most reputable companies and/or agencies will absorb these costs themselves if they are the ones seeking the employee! You don't need to pay money to the real company/agency!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 1:25pm On Aug 21, 2014
Hello, my friends... Now I want to tell you about well-known type of scam which somehow familiar to all who once wanted to buy something in the Internet.
I mean Online Selling Scam.


Online Selling Scams - scams targeting online buyers, sellers or merchants (including well-known online car scam "Nigeria Custom Service"...). Scammers can pretend to be selling a product — often very cheap — just so they can steal your credit card or bank account details. Similarly, they may take your money but send you a faulty or worthless product instead — or even nothing at all.

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 5:39pm On Aug 21, 2014
Another type of Online Selling Scam is Auction Sites scammers.

Most online auction sites put a lot of effort into spotting scammers, which is why scammers will often try to get people to make a deal outside the auction site. They may claim that the winner of an auction that you were bidding in has pulled out, and then offer the item for sale to you. And once they have your money, you will never hear from them again!

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 2:50pm On Aug 22, 2014
And last type of Online Selling Scam is Online Shopping Scam.

Online shopping scams involve the sale of a product — such as a miracle cure or weight loss product — that does not live up to its claims. It can be very difficult to get your money back in these situations, especially if the other party is based overseas. If you buy or sell online, you should also be aware of cheque overpayment scams, because it's a type of Online Shopping Scam.

Thanks for attention.

Re: Everything about SCAM and how to avoid it! by CarXus: 5:48pm On Aug 22, 2014
Do you want to find appartment for you? Oh, you found it? Really? And are you sure, that it is not scammers?
I have often heard talk of this kind, at the university, in the office, etc. Why are people so worried about it? Because there is such a thing as Rental Scams.


So, what is it? Rental Scams - Scams in which a scammer poses as a landlord or interested renter.
How it works? Simply.
Scammers use a variety of tools and methods to post fraudulent listings on many internet listing sites. One method includes manually listing available properties by copying existing listings and posting them with new prices (by the way, this method used by scammers is not only in Rental Scams). They also take existing for-sale properties and post it as a rental listing. Lastly, they use listing management tools and syndicate the fraud across many different sites.
(really, it's a great disappointment and misfortune, when you come to a new apartment, and it turns out that this house no one ever rented and not sold!)
Remember that once you've contacted a scammer, they usually ask for a few things - information, urgency, and money through Western Union, Moneygram or other money service.
So, if someone is asking you to send them money via Western Union or Moneygram, can’t show you the property, be sure that these are possible signs of rental listing scams used to defraud users into wiring money or giving up personal information. Beware!

Thanks for attention.

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