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How dumb do these guys think I am?

So over the past three days, somebody has placed orders for a whole bunch of T-shirts from my online T-shirt store...nearly $1,500 worth of shirts in all.

These orders, each of which is typically for anywhere from ten to twenty shirts, are all placed with different credit cards, and all ship to different addresses, mostly in Ghana and the UK, occasionally in the US. Each has a different name. Yet the same email address is being used for every one of them...an email address on an ISP in Nigeria.

Does this guy really think I'm stupid enough to let him rip me off for fifteen hundred dollars?


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Jan. 18th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Can you get them to send you cash, or some other mechanism by which your payment is guaranteed *before* any product is sent out?
Jan. 18th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
No chance--his goal is to rip me off.

Interesting statistic I stumbled across while looking up information on the Nigerian 419 fraud schemes: "Fraud and theft" are now the nation of Nigeria's third leading source of revenue (after oil and agriculture). One of the newest twists on the same old same old is to place online orders with stolen credit cards or forged cashier's checks, and have the goods delivered to peope who then send them on to Nigeria. The people who receive the goods are often dupes themselves, who have been promised that they are part of a "worldwide business" and will get paid for receiving and then re-sending packages; these dupes often are "paid" using counterfeit cashier's chects themselves.
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Jan. 18th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
All of 'em. Nanohazard, sudo rm -r /, Machiavelli was Right, you name it.

Something ironically appropriate about the latter, now that I think about it.
Jan. 19th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
Interesting side note: Did you know that Machiavelli never intended The Prince to be taken seriously? It was intended as a satire. He wrote it, looked it over, realized that it really wasn't very funny, and stuck it in a drawer along with a note explaining his intentions for it. It wasn't published until after his death, and is typically taken in entirely the wrong context.

Just something interesting I learned yesterday.
Jan. 19th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
That's not what the introductory notes say for my copies of either The Prince or The Discourses on Livy. Those basically agree with each other, and say that Machiavelli was a historian, and was writing the two books with different goals. Discourses was about what was good for a country, based on an analysis of Titus Livy's history of the Roman empire, and a few other sources. That was what was important to him. The Prince was about what was good for an individual ruler, based largely on the Borgia family, and was written to get in the good graces of the Medicci family (It didn't work.).
Jan. 19th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
I suppose this is what I get for trusting a single source of information! I did some poking around and was unable to find anything to corroborate my original source, which I will henceforth take with a larger grain of salt.

I do find it odd, however, that something intended to influence his standing with the Medicci family wasn't even published until 5 years after his death.
Jan. 19th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
that's... not true.
Jan. 18th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
No chance that Nigerians are simply Consumer Whores? :D
Jan. 19th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
"Buy villaintees, because 1500 Nigerians with the same email address can't be wrong!"
Jan. 19th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
That's great!! Franklin, you've got to use this!
Jan. 19th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
I work for a major credit card processor, and you would be appalled to know just how many independant business owners actually do fall for stuff like that, and how often. Nigeria and Indonesia are two of the riskiest countries in the world to ship to. Fraud is a multi-billion problem each year.

It is so refreshing to see someone protecting himself from a charge back!
Jan. 19th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
apparently nigerians arent as slick as they think they are. and also people are more retarded than they should be.
Jan. 20th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
People are more retarded than they should be? Brother, do you ever have that right!
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