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Nigerian finds easy pickings with trusting Austrian

A Nigerian conman based in London had easy pickings when he purchased a laptop on eBay from a 23-year-old Austrian.

Markus R, from Pongau in Salzburg, complained to the Nigerian when he didn't get the promised 500 EUR agreed, and was told that the person's bank could only transfer amounts of 1000 EUR. To get round the problem the Austrian agreed to transfer another 500 EUR to the man's relatives in Nigeria with the promise that the full 1000 EUR would then be sent back to him in Austria.

When he was then told that there were bank charges of 450 EUR to pay he sent that over as well. He then paid a further 550 EUR after being told by the Nigerian that there were backdated charges on the account that needed to be cleared before a transfer could be made.

It was only when after having sent over 2000 EUR he got the demand for another 2500 EUR that he became suspicious, and contacted police.

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