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The Craigslist/paypal scam

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The Craigslist/paypal scam

Hello, i’ve heard and read about the scams where people reply to craigslist ads and say they’re overseas in the military and can only pay via paypal. I am selling my car on craigslist, and I recieved an email from this person claiming he’s in the army and is wanting to buy the car for his son but will have to pay through paypal, I’m a little hesitant but I don’t really see how someone could fake a $8000 transaction and scam me out of a vehicle. Can anyone help me out with this?
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Re: The Craigslist/paypal scam



Its a SCAM and this is how it works  >>


They encourage you to use paypal and often say they can't view because they are disabled / in the military / working overseas etc OR its for a relative.
You will get/got a "fake" email that looks as though it is from isn't.
The 'fake' paypal email will tell you that the buyer has paid for the item + shipping costs but you must send those shipping costs to the courier via western union / moneygram BEFORE the funds are released to you.
They are not interested in your car, they just want the western union etc funds and you will never see money in your paypal balance.
They also threaten legal action...have a laugh at that one and ignore it as its rubbish.

Paypal NEVER tell you to send an item before the payment is showing in your paypal account.
Paypal NEVER expect you to use a rival money transfer service eg Moneygram or Western Union.
Also their is no seller protection on paypal for any type of motor vehicle. Cash on collection or bank transfer is your safest bet and NOT paypal for a car.

Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.

Advice is voluntarily given.
Kudos / Solution appreciated if I helped you.