Published On: Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

Paypal Scam Hits Alabama


A Paypal scam his hit Gadsen, Alabama involving multinational sellers from United Arab Emirates, Israel, Great Britain and the Ukraine. Sergeant Cole Lumpkin reported to police about an unusual number of packages delivered to a residence. Then a series of calls followed by those who sold items to the address and believed they had been paid, only to find the Paypal page they accessed was a fake.

The stories proliferated and all sounded the same. People said they were told that items had to be delivered urgently, but they did not receive payment from the fake Paypal page. A woman at the residence told a police officer that she met the man “on Facebook three years earlier and had communicated through emails and phone calls.” He asked her, “to receive packages for a friend of his, relabel them and ship them to an New Jersey address for ‘Ship Afrika, ‘ a holding company for things ultimately bound for Nigeria.”

At the residence, police found a huge collection of electrical items with no clue where they came from or where they were going to be shipped to. Cellphones, tablets, laptops and items awaiting delivery were found.

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