2days later, a foreign number sms me saying that she's interested in buying the shoes. But she wanted me to reply her ONLY via email. I thought wow this is kinda fast, so I replied her.
She claimed herself as Halina Rosa from Wales, and wanted to buy the shoes for her relative in Malaysia. My mum said she sounded suspicious when she heard about it. But I still proceed without thinking much since she promised to pay first before I ship my shoes to her relative.
So I gave her my account number. And the next moment, I got an email claiming itself as First Direct bank. It stated that the buyer had banked in an amount of money, and the amount of money is not as I stated before. It showed me the receipt. I googled, the bank existed. But the email content look very suspicious. It had animating words, it got a huge smiley face, it used different colour, different font, got grammar problem some more.
In 2nd email, it stated that I must ship the shoes first, and give the bank the shipment tracking number, and I must ship the shoes within 24 hours, or else I will face the consequences. It mentioned FBI there. The whole thing sounds very absurd. Why the need to involve FBI?
Then I receive an email from the buyer. She said that I should have received the receipt by now. And she gave me the name of her relative and address.
Guess what, her relative is a guy.
Why would a guy buy a ladies sandals???!!!
OK, never mind that.
The address is pusat bekalan air Johor. This whole thing is getting more and more ridiculous.
And then suddenly, it hit me in the head, THIS IS A SCAM!
Then I checked the email, it's a fake email.
WARNING : email@example.com
this email is not from First Direct bank. If you receive it, ignore it at once or report it to First Direct Bank.
and don't reply to this number +4494817260 and +4433451813
and this email firstname.lastname@example.org
Without further ado, I told my mum to withdraw the balance in my account. Cause the buyer got my name, hp number, email and my account number, they can do whatever they want. Thank God we got to cash out our money before it's too late. Until now, I didn't reply the person, and she didn't reply me to inquire about her shoes. So it's proven that this whole thing is a fraud.
So I wanna remind all of you out there, if you really wanna sell things, make sure don't make your number public, and it's safer via cash upon delivery. If you must ship your item, make sure you get the money first.