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Please help me ASAP

Hi. I dont know if this legit or not please help. Was selling an item on gumtree and got an email from a buyer. They said that due to issues they needed to get a courier to come pick up the item (which i sold for £60) This I had no issue with. The next email I received from them saying they due to personal reasons could not transfer the £300 to the courier and if i could do it. They sent me £360 over paypal. I then receive the email from paypal saying they are holding the £360 until I pay the courier £300. This was not explained to be before sending me the £360, I do not have £300 in my bank account to send to a courier that I do not know. I sent replied this to paypal and the buyer. And now are saying they are taking legal action as I broke the paypal code?! I am very confused and feel a bit mugged off here. The buyer is now saying the £360 has been taken from their account and they now dont have the money so need me to pay the courier ASAP. I have sent the email to Spoof@paypal. But is this legit? Should I pay the 300 to the courier and get it back from paypal
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@SnowyLouise 

 

SCAM.

They encourage you to accept a 'direct' Paypal payment.
No funds or activity of the transaction shows in your Paypal account and any emails 'may' go into your junk/spam folders.

They don't quibble on cost and may also say they can't view the item as they are disabled or working abroad etc etc but they will arrange a shipping agent to collect it.

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.

The 'fake' paypal email will tell you that the buyer has paid for the item + shipping costs but you must send those shipping costs to the courier/ shipping agent via anther payment processor than Paypal OR via providing some vouchers or tokens before the funds are released to you.
They are not interested in the item, they just want that couriers/shipping funds and you will never see money in your paypal balance.

Paypal NEVER tell you to send an item before the payment is showing in your paypal account.
Paypal NEVER expect you to use a rival money transfer service eg Moneygram or Western Union etc.
Also their is no seller protection on paypal for any type of motor vehicle or item that is collected by the buyer.

Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.


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Re: Please help me ASAP

@SnowyLouise 

 

SCAM.

They encourage you to accept a 'direct' Paypal payment.
No funds or activity of the transaction shows in your Paypal account and any emails 'may' go into your junk/spam folders.

They don't quibble on cost and may also say they can't view the item as they are disabled or working abroad etc etc but they will arrange a shipping agent to collect it.

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.

The 'fake' paypal email will tell you that the buyer has paid for the item + shipping costs but you must send those shipping costs to the courier/ shipping agent via anther payment processor than Paypal OR via providing some vouchers or tokens before the funds are released to you.
They are not interested in the item, they just want that couriers/shipping funds and you will never see money in your paypal balance.

Paypal NEVER tell you to send an item before the payment is showing in your paypal account.
Paypal NEVER expect you to use a rival money transfer service eg Moneygram or Western Union etc.
Also their is no seller protection on paypal for any type of motor vehicle or item that is collected by the buyer.

Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.


Advice is VOLUNTARILY given.
Please leave Kudos / Solution if I have helped you.

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