I get asked on a regular basis, how can we catch these scammers, and the truth is there is no good answer to that. So far we have not found a way to catch these guys because they are in Nigeria and it would have to be the government and law enforcement over there that would have to do something about it. We have seen a few arrests since the time we started our site, but not enough to stop the problem.
What we have found that has helped is to report this scam to the website where you had your item listed for sale and ask them post a warning on their site that would help save others from this scam. Social networking sites are also a great way to spread the word. Tell everyone you know about this scam.
Report the scam to the email provider that the scammer is using and tell them that you know that the email account of is being used by scammers; they may shut down the email account.
Then, contact your Attorney General’s office and local media and tell them about it. Some have held press conferences to send out a warning to the entire state about this scam.
So for now, the odds of the person who scammed you being arrested and put in jail are slim, but if we cannot get them arrested let’s make sure that they don’t get as much business! Education is really the key to stopping these scams. Tell everyone that you know . . . you could end up saving someone from becoming a victim.