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Help me to identify if I am being scammed and how to get my money back

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Help me to identify if I am being scammed and how to get my money back

I sell an item at eBay and was required to send eBay gift cards to Paypal for my money to go through. Now I received an email from Paypal

to buy more gift cards to manage account money. Please help me to identify this is a scam or not. 

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Re: Help me to identify if I am being scammed and how to get my money back

@fatinfaruk 

 

SCAM.


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.
No funds or activity of the transaction shows in your Paypal account and any emails 'may' go into your junk/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.

Once you have become a victim they may try again with more fake Paypal emails with other 'reasons' that you must send them a payment via gift cards or tokens.

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 or ask you to send another companys gift cards or tokens for any reason at all.


Advice is voluntary.
Kudos / Solution appreciated.
I do not work for Paypal.

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Re: Help me to identify if I am being scammed and how to get my money back

@fatinfaruk 

 

SCAM.


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.
No funds or activity of the transaction shows in your Paypal account and any emails 'may' go into your junk/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.

Once you have become a victim they may try again with more fake Paypal emails with other 'reasons' that you must send them a payment via gift cards or tokens.

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 or ask you to send another companys gift cards or tokens for any reason at all.


Advice is voluntary.
Kudos / Solution appreciated.
I do not work for Paypal.

View solution in original post