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Not much point as the scams are all worked via FAKE spoof emails and are never actually done using Paypals site.
They tend to work from somewhere like Africa, using internet cafes and anonymous or hijacked email addys / usernames.
You just have to remember 3 things and then delete the emails.
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 eg Moneygram or Western Union.
I put a dress up for sale and I got a text asking it was still available and to email this person, who I believe is the same person as everyone else has experianced, I google her email and it took me here to your messages. I got the I'm off shore, I can pay into paypal asap, I said what if your friend didn't like it and she replied very similar to the comments you got, in other words all looks fine, she then said she'd move the money and be in touch once she'd heard from the courier, 20 mins half hour later she came back with having trouble withthe courier I have paid the courier fees also to your paypal account you need to go to Moneygram some where like Tesco take your ID and the cash and send to a (post edited by Moderator) in France! I then got am email from 'Paypal saying funds had reached y account but are suspended until the courier has been paid by followng this link, luckily I didn't go through that email I googled Moneygram but I still nearly got caught out, even put my card info in to pay 'transfer' fees then it went on to the person recieving the money needing their details which weren't on her or the paypal email - I sent the emails to my husband who's an IT specialist and he confrmed it was a scam! Luckily I hadn't processed anything if I had it could of been £340 out of pocket, not much but if they're a fair few people like this it's a good earner 😞
I have reported to the company I was selling the dress through and I've also notified Moneygram and Paypal, Paypal came back n minutes confirming it was a scam - luckily escape!
Nearly fell for it! Well, I did fall for it initially then I checked the email address out on google and landed here.
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I initially received a text with the email address enquiring about the item I was selling. Feel a bit thick now tbh.
Still going on. Same thing happened to me yesterday. As soon as the " i can't talk I've just had throat surgery" I knew it was a scam. I hope no one actually falls fall this. It's so ridiculous.. is there any way to report this person on gum tree or by the fake PayPal email they sent? Also have a text number <removed>
When you were initially contacted, was it as a text message from a landline number?
I was contacted by <removed>- an automated number. We must deduce what is an authentic piece of information about this person.
She said to me she lived in Northern Ireland and it was going to France.
Has she contacted anyone directly on Gumtree Messenger rather than email or text?