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Nope, sorry, they scammed you for a relatively small amount of cash. They got your email to send you the fake PayPal message from you.
Its a scam i'm afraid. The paypal emails were spoofs.
Paypal NEVER tell you to send an item before the payment is showing in your paypal account.
Paypal do not tell you to send trackable, they advise it for selling protection but it is not compulsory.
Paypal NEVER expect you to use a rival money transfer service ie western union or moneygram.
I am new to paypal, and I too am ex military. I also almost fell for this scam for the same reasons. One of the things that saved me is recognizing that the pay pal logo was different, as well as the fact that the name BOB **removed** was associated with the first suspicious activity. as well as the third, he also used a phone number to text me that i could not call back even to leave a msg. the texter is apparently using a MAGIC JACK phone number, which is nearly impossible to pinpoint a location on.
I just received one. Wants to pay through Paypal and have an "agent" pick it up. Very poor grammer and claims to be in the marines, always out to sea.............
The "scammers" are out there. Just encountered 2 such frauds. 2 different HI priced items up for sale on CraigList in AZ. Within seconds of posting, got 3 offers, all with the pay thru PayPal, needing to front money for the shipping sendind via Money Gram. Even had one person say instead of using the Money Gram on-line process to send the shipping fees, I needed to go to WalMart cuz they know how to handle these transactions. Tempted to call the Text # the offers came in on. Suspect untraceable burner phones.
I recieved an email (it showed up in my spam folder), supposedly from PayPal (but not from the normal service@paypal email), stating that someone had possibly accessed my account, and thus my account was limited until the dispute was settled.
It had a dispute number listed, and a link to follow to deal with it. When I followed the link, the site I went to was not PayPal, but it had a clone of the PayPal website (I checked the address before doing anything else, then closed the page).
As a double check, I logged into the real paypal site and checked to see if there were any messages regarding disputes. None were listed.
I know most people using PayPal are probably smart enough not to log in on this fradulent site, but I wanted to put the warning out about it, as it did not seem to be listed here. (I guess my question is, have any of you recieved this email?)
Hi, Just wanted people to be aware of this scam. I received a phone call from my friend about an hour ago. She received an email just like the one you mentioned. She entered all her info thinking she was on PayPal and verifying her account. They hit her bank account for two transactions totaling $600.00. Her bank flagged her account because the transactions were suspicious. They were from Africa. She now can't even use her cards linked to her bank account . So please be careful when answering emails. Don't give your info out without checking into your PayPal account for any messages that are actually from them.