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    Selling my PS3 on Ebay question

    I'm currently selling on ebay a used but working ps3 for $140-160ish (don't want anyone looking up the item and linking my scam account with my ebay account) and I recently got a best offer for $190 by someone who has 0 feedback score with the only condition that it has to be in good condition. This account was opened roughly 10 days ago.
    My gut says that this might be a scam (why would anyone pay more than they have to, especially with 0 feedback) but then again I'm fairly new to ebay and don't know much. Obviously, if I do sell it to him, I'll only ship after seeing payment directly in my paypal account and I'll buy delivery or signature confirmation. However, I'm worried that the buyer will exchange my ps3 with another defective ps3 and demand a return claiming my item as defective. I have heard about horror stories on how ebay/Paypal always sides with the buyer. On top of that, I can't even block buyers with 0 feedback (correct me if I'm wrong though). I'm also worried that if I decline his offer, he'll still scam me by just buying it for my original asking price.
    What do you guys recommend? Should I accept his offer or decline it? How can I protect myself as a seller?

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    Re: Selling my PS3 on Ebay question

    100% scam.

    There is no buyer.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your ps3.

    The scammer isn't interested in your identity or bank account only in convincing you to ship your possession to him without him sending you a penny. He will continue to send urgent and harassing emails demanding that you send the item asap. Ignore this fake buyer, alert ebay so they can close that scammer's account. Then ebay should let you relist your item without having to pay the listing fees again.

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be "Paypal" saying "kindly send the tracking number and we will release the funds".

    Paypal does NOT send such emails, ever. Paypal does NOT have escrow or money holding services like that scammer describes. Paypal does NOT demand you send a tracking number before money is sent. EVER. No exceptions.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of being the perfect buyer, great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    If you google "cragislist buyer scam", "fake paypal email scam", "ebay buyer paypal scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near victims of this type of scam.

    Check out the one and only official paypal website, read up on what paypal does and how it really works.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
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