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So I recently sold a phone on EBay, and the buyer wanted to transfer the money through paypal separate from EBay even though there is an option to pay through PayPal on Ebay, which I guess was a first red flag. The money was sent from Germany, so I assumed the reason it wasn’t showing up on my PayPal was because it takes longer to transfer money internationally. I also asked for proof of sending the money and she emailed me a screenshot of what seems to be proof of a transfer but I don’t know how easily that could be faked. I believed her and was going to mail the phone tomorrow, however today a friend from China sent me money and it appeared on my PayPal account instantly, and that kind of threw me off. I still haven’t sent the phone, so if you think I’m being scammed please let me know so I can backtrack on this. Also, i wanted to add that the buyer is being really hasty in wanting the phone to be sent off (which is understandable as apparently it’s for someone’s birthday) but today I messaged her that it was going to take longer to unlock the phone than I had assumed, and I might have to wait 3-5 days before posting, but she said it’s fine the person receiving it as a gift will unlock it, I thought that was a bit strange
They may buy on Ebay but they use an anonymous or hijacked Ebay account and DO NOT have a Paypal account so they can't use Ebay checkout.
They encourage you to accept a 'direct' Paypal payment and may ask you to send the item internationally 'urgently' as a gift (before you can suss its a scam).
No funds or activity of the transaction shows in your Paypal account and any emails 'may' go into your junk or spam folders.
You will get/got a "fake" email that looks as though it is from paypal.....it isn't because they don't actually have a Paypal account and have no intention of paying you.
It will say the buyer has paid ...you won't have been paid.
They will tell you that the payment is released when you provide paypal with a tracking/shipping number......this won't happen.
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.
Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.