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If it is raining and there is nothing else to do, for kicks, I play along for a little while too, just to get THEM excited like they did me when I thought I was getting more money than what I asked for on an item sight unseen! (another red flag)
Of course, I am wiser now, 3 years later after closing my PP account AND my bank account.
. Sell locally, delete the rest...but not before replyng with expletives-makes you feel better.
I have a vehicle on craigslist and have now had 2 e-mails from people in the marines. The first one "frank" wants it shipped to the UK. Think this is a scam well duh!!!!!
They always want to send their own shipper, whatever that means. It never seems to be the person emailing that is going to pick it up. Not sure why. No one is going to show up any way, once you give them your pay pal account info. And what does a guy in the military need a washer/dryer on Craigs list for? And how come the person who is in a wheel chair wants to buy your Total Gym? For an extra $100? Not rocket science.
ANY time Western Union is mentioned, delete or, just for kicks, play along for a little while, just to get THEM excited like they did you when you thought you were getting more money than what you asked for on an item sight unseen! (another red flag)
Do NOT give your pay pal address. This is how they hack in to your account.. There will be no money sent, but he will have access to your pp acct and if it is hooked up to your bank account, he can take money even if you don't have any!
Then you have the overdrawn fees to deal with at the bank. This happened to me. Sell locally, delete the rest...but not before replyng with expletives-makes you feel better.
I wouldn't set up anything with him or her. It's also better (and safer) to the item(s) locally to lessen the chances of scams/ fraud etc. I got an email similar to that, (I'm selling my Dell 14-R on craigslist/facebook)
OMG...This is the email I just received from a potenial buyer of my motorcycle on Craigs List
Hi thanks for mailing, i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right now
am buying this for my son so am willing to offer you the amount you
required. I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i don't have
access to my bank account online(i don't have internet banking with
it), but i have it attached to my PayPal account, and this is why
insisted on using PayPal to pay,all i will need is your PayPal email
address to make the payment, and if you don't have a PayPal account
yet, you can set one up at www.paypal.com it cant take you less
than3 mins to do that, i will be expecting your PayPal email so l can
pay and also get back to me with your best price on this. I have a
pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been
sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap
This GOT to be a scam...I will only sell this in PERSON
Thanks for your Post!
This is what I recieved from someone who wants to buy our boat for fishing! From what I know the paypal payment method is no guarentee the money is actually yours. They file a dispute and paypal has no proof the boat was ever recieved. Every time I list something for sale I get these: