Sending Money or Goods Abroad

Beware of so called "Nigerian letters" and other attempts by individuals in foreign countries to send items out of Malaysia. If a buyer wants to have the goods sent abroad, we recommend that you ignore the request.

How will I know that I have received a "Nigerian letter"?

  • The letters are often written in poor English.
  • The letters use the expression "goods" or "the item" where they do not specifically refer to the item that you are selling. This is because they often use a standard letter.
  • The letters are usually sent from free e-mail addresses such as yahoo, gmail and hotmail.
  • Letters often entice you by offering a higher price for your item, than what you had specified in your ad.
  • The buyer wants to pay by cheque, or money transfers.
  • Sometimes the fraudster sends a fake payment confirmation which looks as if the money has been deposited into your account.

What can you do to protect yourself?

"Nigerian letters" are meant to trick you into sending money or goods to foreign countries. Please DO NOT entertain such letters and requests.

Remember ...

  • Beware of e-mails requesting you to send goods abroad.
  • Do not accept payment by cheque.
  • Beware of false payment confirmations.