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IF THEY START WITH A TEXT THAT GIVES WAAAY TOO MUCH INFO, IT'S A SCAM.
A real buyer sends stuff like, "Still got it?"
A scammer sends "Hi, my name is Mike and I'm a US Marine deployed in Iraq. I'll be discharged in a couple of weeks but I want your item waiting for me. I will paypal you the money and my brother will pick up your item. I can't wait til I can enjoy ..."
Just delete these without replying! You have nothing to lose but your peace of mind.
Yes. I received one just as you describe. This person claimed to be a Marine and spends most of his time at sea.
He didn't call the pick up person a courier, rather called him/her a "pickup agent".
yes, just did get an email from overseas, district of Sabari, navy.. protecting his country.. wanted text only..said he'd pay the price of the bike in full, send him the paypal account and name..he'd make the full price of bike and have an agent w/truck to come by to pick it up and take care of the tittle. he was buying it for his dad as a surprise and was hoping for a fast reply.. We have the bike listed on Craigs list.. were sure it's a scam..
We received a message from Annie, who claimed to be on a ship then "in camp." She was to buy our 2011 Mustang and said she would send extra to pay the fees. Then she asked that we send $1000 by "an agent" so we would have a receipt to send to Paypal so they could deposit the rest of the money. Just didn't sound right to me. I'm glad I checked with Paypal, who said it was not the way things go and it was probably a scam. I still have her number and also told her I was onto her. Haven't heard back.
I received a text message from a Thompson. agreed to purchase price, and would transfer funds when I cancel add in Creigslist, "MY shipper will be available as soon as payment is made". He is requesting my Pay Pal account # to transferr payment.He has not returned my text messages when I was hesitant to use PayPaltransfer funds.
I just received an email from a Thompson as well...here is the text of the first email.
I just had a similar situation but the guy actually did send me his email address associated with Paypal (supposedly) and he actually did send me the $7000 i was asking for my item after i sent him an invoice from Paypal. The funds are pending but i still think it's a scam. I feel pretty safe considering that i didn't log into any fake paypal accounts. I legitimately signed in and sent him an invoice. We'll see what happens...