I've received 3 or 4 requests for info on "Stanley Parker" from Iowa City, Iowa. Seems lots of folks have received emails. Here's what I've been telling them when they ask:
He is a scammer from Nigeria.
He is banned.
His email that he sent out -- others have sent it to me -- bears all the marks of a Nigerian scammer. So please use it to learn how to identify such a scammer.
Here is his email:
Is the item still available for sale ?The clues that he is a scammer are:
If so get back to me with all the total condition of the item along with the final asking price as am ready to purchase it for church with no delay OK..
Waiting to read from you now..
1. He doesn't mention the thing you are selling!!! Immediate give away.
2. He's ready to buy -- even though he still never mentions what he's ready to buy
3. Funny wording on his "English" -- "waiting to read from you now"
The "purchase it for my church" is a nice touch for a thief -- so he's trying to steal money for his church?
If you go further he'll want to send you a cashier's check and have his friend or company arrange pick up. He'll suddenly be out of town or out of the country even. And, the cashier's check or money order will be for about $4,000 more than the item you're selling.
This is EXTREMELY common, and it's a good idea to pay attention to these clues as they ALWAYS give away a Nigerian in a internet cafe trying to steal money from you.
I would never respond to him again, if you already have, just fight the urge to email him and call him names. You want him to go away, so you should just go away.
PS. Before I get complaints from folks that do not speak English as a first language -- I am not saying that all people that use "unusual" wording are scammers. It's just a sign that COMBINED with the other clues helps clue you into the true nature of scammer's intent.