As you may know, we have had either a very active group or an individual with multiple Email addresses trying the over payment scam on our classifieds advertisers over the last couple of days.
If you have received an Email, from:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
just delete it.
If you have replied to one of the Emails, don’t worry, they can’t do anything. Hopefully you have already read our scam page & are well aware of common internet scams. They only want your money, so can’t win unless they can successfully trick you into sending it. Just delete any further Emails from them
Each reported scammer is added to the offenders list (http://www.nfed.co.uk/scam.htm#offenders
), which is linked from all classifieds enquiry Emails. I also Email each scammer to let them know they have been reported & listed. They don’t like their Email address being publicised as other websites can then search for the address & find out what they are up to. If they don’t make any money & we can cause problems for them, they normally move on to another site.
The majority of scammers come from Nigeria, Algeria & Ghana, I've now blocked all current IP’s from these countries from viewing the NFED. It’s not fool proof, so education is still the best defence, but should help to cut down the scammer numbers.
I apologise to anyone visiting these countries & hoping to stay in touch via the NFED.