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I need help spotting if this is a scam or not!

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...

B Jansen..

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Dont do it! I got a very similar email with the same excuse. Except this guy wants me to pay his shipping fee for him before "paypal" credits my account with the price of my vehicle as well as The reimbursement. It sounds way too fishy so I called paypal and They confirmed that it was a spoof. Here's the last email he sent me: Hello ,this is my intention known to paypal and they are doing this just for the security measure between both of us.PayPal said they won't release the funds until they get the western union information from you due to the fact that i emailed them about the excess payment i made.i could have done this from here but I have tried to pay online but i will need a credit card which i didn't bring aboard the ship,and there is no post office(there is usually a western union section in most post offices) or any western union agent on sea! so i have to ask you to help me with the pick up fees.Thats why i added the money to he payment i made through paypal.please i don't want to loose the car i'm getting from you.i need that badly Thanks. -- i will like to inquire if this car is still available for sale? James...
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Re: I need help spotting if this is a scam or not!

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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Re: I need help spotting if this is a scam or not!

stop don't do it scammer

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Hi All,

 

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:

 

Thanks for the swift response, just to let you know that am okay with the condition and price of the item, am ready for its purchase and my form of payment will be through PayPal. Please take the item off Craigslist so no other buyer can ask about it.I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up company schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after the payment has been made and confirmed by PayPal. If you don't have an account with PayPal at the moment it is very easy to set up. Visit there site (www.PayPal.com.us) and get it set up. After this is done all i will be needing to make this payment is your PayPal email which you have used for registration with PayPal so as to put the money through.
I would have love to come for the viewing but due to my work frame that might not be possible,but if you have the more pics i might want to have a good look.
Please do get back to me with your PayPal email so that i can proceed with the payment asap.
Regards
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myharley
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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.

 

 

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Momof2Lboys
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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. 

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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? 

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do not use paypal you will get ripedoff I got took for $540.00 get paid in cash only do not use paypal you will lose your butt

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Hey all,

 

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.

 

Andy

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