I need help spotting if this is a scam or not!
05-17-2011 11:10 AM
I am trying to sell my truck on Craigslist and found a buyer who seemed very legit until he sent me this last emil saying he wanted to buy the truck. He wants me to use paypal and he will send me the money then his pickup agent will come and get the truck and all the applicable paper work after I have confirmed the money. This is my first time using it and I just want to make sure I won't get cheated somehow, there's a lot to the letter to believe but a couple of lines that make me uneasy, can you please help!?
Here is a copy of the letter:
I can't come all the way to albuquerque right now from staten island new york.. I'm on sea.. And so busy.. I'm a sailor actually.. Anyways don't worry about coming to see it right away.. My pickup agent would be coming for the pickup and every other paper work.. Well that's after you've confirmed the money.. I love the tundra and i would love to make it my baby asap.. Its cool and smart just how i want it.. 23000 is a fair price.... I love what i see and for it to be in great shape its really cool.. I would love to make payment via paypal asap.. If you already have a paypal acct.. Get me the acct id.. The mail u used in opening the acct.. If you don't you could set it up via www.paypal.com that's how i could effect payment to you right now..
Let me know ok...
Re: I need help spotting if this is a scam or not!
05-18-2011 07:59 AM
Re: I need help spotting if this is a scam or not!
05-19-2011 07:27 PM
Same thing happened to us this week - selling a car on craigslist. This buyer emails and says they want to pay through paypal - she's a marine chef at sea and doesn't have credit cards, etc and want us to first send $1250 of our own money via western union to her shipping agent and then the money will transfer to our paypal account. Even had a fake email from paypal saying for security reasons they will not transfer the funds until we give the western union transfer number for the shipping fees. What a scam!
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05-18-2011 08:01 PM - edited 05-18-2011 08:10 PM
I recently listed a living room furniture set and had an inquiry from a gentleman. I specifically said CASH ONLY in the listing but he is requesting paying me through PayPal. He originally asked for my email so he can send me the money and will have a company pick up the furniture. He said he wants more pictures of the furniture as his work schedule isn't allowing him time to come view the set.
I explained I wasn't comfortable giving him my email and that I would much prefer CASH. He then said that I could send him an invoice, which seems to be fine but I am so leery of using PayPal.
What would you all suggest. I REALLY want to sell this furniture as we are going to be moving BUT I don't want to be dealing with account hacking while trying to move either.
Any suggestions? Would sending an invoice be secure. He isn't asking to pick up the furniture before paying me. He will send the money before the furniture is picked up but that doesn't seem right either. Is he willing to trust me to not run with his $$??? I just don't know what to do!
Here is his email requesting PayPal info:
05-19-2011 07:11 PM
This buyer is a scammer; they just did the same thing to us with a car we have on craigslist. wanted us to take $1250 of our own money and wire it to their shipping agent and then after that we would get the payment through paypal. Said she was a marine chef at sea with limited access to internet - no credit cards with her, etc. Don't give them any of your info.
05-19-2011 08:39 PM
I sent him a message last evening stating I would take cash only and haven't heard from him since. It was odd, he wanted to send me the money asap and seemed so pushy in his email. I just didn't want to pass up a sale but so not worth dealing with a scam or putting my bank info and accounts in jeopardy.
05-20-2011 12:41 AM
We were selling bike parts and we were approached by somebody who wanted to purchase fromCanada and have it shipped to a Washington Address. He had every excuse for not being able to see the parts although he siad he was going to be driving down this way the week after.. I was not leary of this at first. WE have a lot of Candadian bike racers looking for parts. But my husband was leary and did not go through with this.
Please let me know if you get anymore info on these types of repsonses from Craigslist? I am expecting to SEE the person and hand them the item and make sure they like what they are getting? Not all this pay pal , long distance etc?
05-25-2011 04:21 PM
It's terrible that people want to try to take advantage of you and defraud you of your items. Based off of the wording on the emails that were included, I'd say at about 98% certainty that these were not going to be legitimate payments.
One thing that I would suggest to protect yourselves regarding the situations laid out here; If you're planning on having the item hand delivered or the buyer picking it up, PayPal may not be your best payment solution. While we are secure as far as your information goes, if the buyer comes back and says that they didn't receive the item, we're going to ask for tracking to see that the item was actually delivered. If that can't be provided, you would lose your dispute. Matter of fact, hand delivery essentially voids our Seller Protection Policy. So I would absolutely insist on cash for these types of transactions and I applaud everyone here who has insisted on that.