Since hatchling season is upon us and many people will start to sell for the very first time or buy online for the very first time it is important to remember that not all buyers are real buyers and not all sellers are real sellers.
Scams targeting sellers
Over the years the typical scam targeting sellers (usually originating from Cameroon/Nigeria with one or more accomplice in the states) is for someone to contact you and pay for an animal via money order or cashier check, the scam here is purely about money the animal or shipping is the last of their concern.
So if you have doubts regarding a payment make sure that it is valid before depositing it to avoid charges on your account and do not fall for the old “I over paid you, please deposit the money order and send me back the difference” every now and then there is a surge of such scams. While I usually send people like this on their way this time I decided to document the scam from start to finish to show how the typical scam works (making HIM work for it and forcing HIM to spend some money ($6.95) or did he?)
You will notice the inconsistencies the so called assistant sent the payment on 03/30 yet the payment was really only sent on 04/06 (They keep you engage and want to make sure that you are still biting before spending the money to send the MO or Cashier Check).And of course when told the game is over they still try, accusing you of scamming them
Sadly there is very little that can be done, those type of people have multiple ID and email addresses, and the physical address from which the MO are supposedly mailed from turns out to be a vacant properties (that one just went off the market). The only possible lead could have been the third party company used to print and ship the label however that too is a fake.
That specific scammer was registered on MorphMarket however John was very proactive and caught him rapidly; unfortunately those types of people lurk everywhere including forums, craigslist, social media etc.