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  1. #1
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    Is someone scamming me?

    So I posted my used car for sale for $2000. Got a text from someone who says he's in the army and lives in another state. He says he is buying the car for a cousin. He wants to pay me through PayPal and then have a transport service come and pick up the vehicle because he can't come. He's asking me for my PayPal information right away.
    I've made some payments with PayPal before but haven't received money from it yet. Is he likely trying to scam me, and what do I need to consider when using PayPal like this? Thanks for any advice/info.

  2. #2
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    Re: Is someone scamming me?

    100% scam.

    There is no buyer.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your money. Notice how the scammer doesn't call what you are selling by name? He uses the generic word "item" or "merchandise", that is because he sends the same stock copy/paste email to anyone selling everything that he can find and he has no idea what you are selling and doesn't care.

    The scammer isn't interested in your identity or bank account and doesn't want what you are selling only in convincing you to send him your cash.

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be "Paypal" saying "the buyer sent too much money, kindly send your cash to him as a refund via Western Union or moneygram". Or the scammer will pretend to be a shipping company and demand you pay for the shipping from the "excess" money the scammer "paid" to Paypal, via Western Union or moneygram.

    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.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    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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    Re: Is someone scamming me?

    In general I'm a big believer in "Go with your gut." It sounds fishy that someone from another state would want to buy a car for a cousin through Paypal. Who buys a car without seeing it in person? Why not buy a car in the state they are in? The list goes on.

    I would recommend avoiding.

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    Re: Is someone scamming me?

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    Re: Is someone scamming me?

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    Re: Is someone scamming me?

    What is this this nonsense?

  9. #8
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    Re: Is someone scamming me?

    He won't buy car before he can see your car I mean what can you sent him . Don't believe in that

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  11. 12-19-2014, 01:04 PM


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