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Examples of Suspected Fraud or Fake Emails

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Re: Examples of Suspected Fraud or Fake Emails

Great thread! Thanks for all the tips included here! 

My story: I'm selling a jetski for 7k on CL and another websites. I received the following scam email this morning from this very pushy guy asking me to send my PP email and these were his messages, after I arranged a "price" (which he accepted immediately) with him:

 

Thanks,am satisfied with the price and I have arranged for a pickup agent( Shipper ) who will be coming to pick it up as soon as the payment is made and i'll like to pay u through paypal, and do u have a paypal acct so i can make the payment of the fund?

 

Seriously? Who in his right mind will buy a 7K jestski without seeing more pictures or actually seeing in real life and go for a try run? Common sense people.  After I told him to call me instead since I wasnt going to send him any info, I got this from him:

 

Thanks for the mail..Due to the nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i  squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. Don't worry about the pick up,my shipping  agent will be coming to pick it up. I'll like you to send me your address so that my shipping agent can figure it out and come for the pick up and other necessary things....more so,send me your PayPal details(PayPal email) so i can pay in.
 
Await your response.
 
Scam!! The "pushy" tactic used here. I replied to stop emailing me and that I wasnt going to send him anything. Whew! 
 
 

Re: Examples of Suspected Fraud or Fake Emails

any time you see or hear the word AGENT.OR BUYER run.. i like to string them along a little,for my own amusment and to get more info on the mailing address,and then post all the info so i can help others...good job!!

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Re: Examples of Suspected Fraud or Fake Emails

I would like to thank you!!! I almost fell for it with a 72'' TV and i was suspicious so i looked it up on google and came across your post Smiley Happy You saved me!!

Re: Examples of Suspected Fraud or Fake Emails

i had the same email whilst avertising my car for sale.some so called marine engineer who was at sea,lol.wanted to buy my car for a gift for his son.i thought nothing of it until after i sent my paypal email,i recieved a email stating how there was a problem with paypal and a hold had been out on his payment to me.i got suspicious when he said how i should check my spam/junk mail for the email from paypal.and even more so when i seen the £350.00 it said i had to pay before the money would be put into my account.also it said how i could not phone only email if i had any enquires wit h paypal.and surely it would have cost more to ship my car to the u.s.a.lol.so please be warned.

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Re: Examples of Suspected Fraud or Fake Emails

Hi,

I believe someone just tried a scam on me too. I have put an add for car, so called interested buyer texted back (it was not possible to reply) with an attached email address asking for a picture of the car. Then in his reply he explained that he was overseas and needed my paypal email and phone number for immediate transfer. He went under the name Austin Hummel, so please be aware.

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Re: Examples of Suspected Fraud or Fake Emails

 Hi my 14 year old son just got scammed using the website de pop.unbeknown to me he sent £35 as friends and family payment to <removed> for a top on de pop. as it was sent as friends and family paypal will not look into the transaction. paypal do hold details of this guys bank account and he has scammed a lot more people than just my son. How is he allowed to get away with this ? Here's the email again <removed> can anyone help me get his address as I would like to pay him a visit thanks I just saw I'm not allowed to put on an email address of scammed. Is this paypal protecting scanners yet again for their business greed

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Re: Examples of Suspected Fraud or Fake Emails

Beware of this person, tried to scam me on a car sale

 

      jennifer <removed>
6:39 PM (48 minutes ago)
 
 
Thank you, like i told you, i have a pick up that will come for it on my behalf.  im buying this for my brother, I just want it to be a surprised for his birthday.. So i'm requesting this transaction should be done via PayPal so the PayPal charges is on me. I'm present out of town. I have fund in my PayPal account as my bank account is attached to it hence the reason i opted to pay you through PayPal. I'm honest with you and i want you to be honest with me, i will not be able to come look at it in person and that's the only reason why PayPal is the only payment option. Do you have PayPal account? if you don't have an account just look into it (www.paypal.com) and get back to me with the email you use to set up and you don't need to worry about PayPal charges as i will be covering it on my End.
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Weird Paypal related e-mail.

I received the following e-mail from some person who claims that I sent them a request for payment. ""Good day! Yesterday I recieved a request for payment on my paypal account from user with your ID - [Redacted my email address] I expect you as the payment bill sender, as long as it contains your private info: [Redacted my name and physical address] The question is - where did you get confidential info about my account and why you decided to send an request for payment. I dont know who you are and I don't want to cause any sort of inconvenience. But my lawyer gave me recommendation to contact the police about your fraud letter. Anyway, I do not want to hurry up with this, and first of all, I'm going to find out all theessential info from you. I have attached the payment details in the text document below. To prevent accidental access file was password-protected 3546 I expect response and interaction from you as soon as you can. Best regards, [Redacted sender name]"" The e-mail contains both my Paypal e-mail and my real name and address, I searched the activity logs on Paypal but found no record of a transaction like that. Also I wonder how someone was able to get private info from my Paypal account. Needless to say I changed both my e-mail and Paypal passwords. The mail also had an attachment of some supposed "proof" but I haven't (and won't) touched it at all. The e-mail itself has a numeric username and comes from a "tiscali.co.za" domain which I haven't heard from before. Any help with this issue?
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Re: Weird Paypal related e-mail.

I just received the exact same (word for word) email today myself.  Considering it a scam and not replying to the email or opening the attachment.

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Re: Weird Paypal related e-mail.

This is very popular theses days.

Check the sender's email address; it is NOT a PayPal address.

 

It is a SCAM.

Do click on any links.

 

Forward to spoof@ PayPal.com