FYI: identity theft

From: Antonio Carlini <>
Date: Wed Nov 24 12:57:48 2004

> I've been noticing something else new to E-bay too. I've
> sold several
> items to someone in Europe and they respond aaking for my
> banking info and
> claiming that they want to pay by wire transfer. I've been

There's someone selling ESR meters in Spain or Portugal (I
forget the exact details) and his preferred method of
*accepting* cash is effectively a wire transfer (he
provides an IBAN number, you send the cash).

I've also had several people from other parts of
Europe (I'm in the UK) asking if they can pay
directly, all I need to do is provide an IBAN for
my account. I've declined up to know (because I
have no idea how it works, what scams might lie
behind it and - most importantly - what the charges
are and who pays them!) and they've all gone on to
pay via PayPal.

There may be a scam behind these but I don't know what
it is. Be nice to find a way to avoid the paypal
charges though!


Antonio Carlini
Received on Wed Nov 24 2004 - 12:57:48 GMT

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