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I got scammed, what can I do?

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OG-Legends
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So I basically just got scammed which I take full responsibility for. I was simply wondering what actions can I take starting now. I sent money through friends and family but the person never sent me what I payed for. I have his profile picture and obviously email but is there a way to physically track them? Like find their address or whatever? Will paypal be able to refund me or will I have to dispute it with my bank?

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I got scammed, what can I do?

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cdarmsupply
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I think with Friends and Family you will be out of luck. They do not take a cut of that and for that I don't think they will do anything about it. PayPal doesn't even do anything about business customers they have shut down in error so I think you may need to chalk this up as a lesson learned.

 

Of course it doesn't hurt to report the seller and maybe something will come of it.

 

Never buy anything as Friends or Family.

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OG-Legends
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I understand, but is there any way to find their address when they send money through friends and family?

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Goldendandilion
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The same happened to me today.. how can I report the seller?

I got scammed, what can I do?

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kernowlass
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@OG-Legends 

 

A friends / family (or gift payment) is intended as a transfer of funds from family or friends to one another. For this reason, there is no processing fee when payment is made with bank or PayPal balance.
However as it is a “gift” payment, there is also no Buyer protection as no goods or services should have been exchanged.

If he was not a close mate or family member you should never use that option as it enables the seller to evade his paypal fees and negates your buyer protection at the same time. That is also why you would be unable to open a dispute apart from an unauthorised transaction (if your account was hacked and used without your consent).
You also risk having your account limited for using this option when you are purchasing goods as its against Paypal rules.

Your only hope is if you funded your paypal payment via a credit card then contact your card issuer and see if they will help you but unfortunately again as it was a 'gift' of money they may decline as well.





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