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Scam?

I have been trying to sell a laptop and a guy is supposedly wanting to buy it. He has said he has sent payment from using my email address and upon checking email there is an email from paypal in my spam folder. The email says that a guy from Lagos, Nigeria has sent payment but that to complete the transaction I needed to verify that I have shipped the merchandice. I am not real familiar with all the policies, but someone more knowledgeable know if this is legit?

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Re: Scam?

@WolvesCry

 

Glad i logged on and saw this   >>

 

THIS IS A TYPICAL PAYPAL SCAM.

They encourage you to use paypal and often ask you to send the item as a gift to a relative somewhere often Nigeria.

You will get/got a "fake" email that looks as though it is from paypal.....it isn't.

It will say the buyer has paid ...you won't have been paid.

They will tell you that the payment is released when you provide paypal with a tracking/shipping number......this won't happen.

They also threaten legal action...have a laugh at that one and ignore it as its rubbish.

Paypal NEVER tell you to send trackable, they advise it for seller protection etc but it is not compulsory.

Paypal NEVER tell you to send an item before the payment is showing in your paypal account.

Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.

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Volunteer Advisor

Re: Scam?

@WolvesCry

 

Glad i logged on and saw this   >>

 

THIS IS A TYPICAL PAYPAL SCAM.

They encourage you to use paypal and often ask you to send the item as a gift to a relative somewhere often Nigeria.

You will get/got a "fake" email that looks as though it is from paypal.....it isn't.

It will say the buyer has paid ...you won't have been paid.

They will tell you that the payment is released when you provide paypal with a tracking/shipping number......this won't happen.

They also threaten legal action...have a laugh at that one and ignore it as its rubbish.

Paypal NEVER tell you to send trackable, they advise it for seller protection etc but it is not compulsory.

Paypal NEVER tell you to send an item before the payment is showing in your paypal account.

Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.

New Community Member

Re: Scam?

Thanks a lot!! Everything you mentioned was on point with how this person operated. Supposedly for his sons forthcoming birthday. I saw red flags throughout, but wanted to make sure before I potentially lost a customer.
Volunteer Advisor

Re: Scam?

@WolvesCry

 

Your welcome, I love it when i can ruin a scammers day..........LOL

Contributor

Re: Scam?

Hey guy

Good Job ruining their day.

Kudos to youSmiley Very HappySmiley Happy

 

New Community Member

Re: Scam?

I got the same transaction. Here is they sent me: 

 


You've received an instant payment

Dear ,

This e-Mail confirms that you have received an Instant payment of $820.44 USD
from Paulina Paul via PayPal MERCHANDISE Payment Service.

Reversals : This method of payment can not be reversed.

STATUS: Pending reload Awaiting Your Shipment Proof.

View the details of this pending transaction below
VisaMastercardAmerican ExpressDiscoverPayPalPayPal Credit
Summary of this invoice

Sent from

Paulina Paul

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Title
$820.44 USD

Product
STATUS: Pending... Awaiting Your Shipment Proof
This is to inform you that this payment has been deducted from the Buyer's account, you will now go ahead and ship out the item(s) being ordered from you by the "Buyer" and send us your Shipment Receipt/Shipment Tracking Number for the shipment verification. Once we complete the verification to your shipment, the sum will be credited to your account with immediate effect.
Once the money's there you can:
Spend the money online at thousands of stores that accept PayPal.
Transfer it to your bank account (Once the money's there).
Get a PayPal Debit Master Card.
The above sum includes the "Shipping Cost" of the item(s) being ordered from you by the "Buyer" ( As Per PayPal MERCHANDISE PAYMENT POLICY). You will receive a Message from us shortly informing you on how to confirm this payment and how to send us your Shipment Receipt/Shipment Tracking Number for the shipment verification and the accreditation of your account.

PLEASE NOTE:
Questions? You may contact us by replying directly to this message >>For assistance
Thanks for using PayPal – the safer, easier way to pay and get paid online. Please kindly reply to this email for help or status on this transaction via our customer care transaction.manager@consultant(dot)com. This mailbox is monitored and you will receive a response.

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