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I received an email in Greek from someone claiming that they are interested in a piece of furniture I am selling. I understood that they are using Google Translate and I replied in english so I can be more helpful.
They came back with this answer:
Hello, kioanna. Thanks for taking the time to post your concern here on the PayPal Community Forum. PayPal works very hard to make sure all transactions are as safe and secure as possible, but it's essential that customers take steps to protect themselves as well.
Based on the information you provided, there appear to be some red flags that suggest you should proceed with caution (such as the buyer providing you with a phone number but saying it's not possible to take calls, for example). In-person pickup is something you have to decide that you're going to allow.
However, it's important for sellers to understand that transactions where an item is picked up (even if it's picked up by a buyer's shipping company) are not eligible for coverage under PayPal's Seller Protection Policy. If a complaint or chargeback is submitted later, it won't be possible for PayPal to close a claim in your favor or reimburse you if you don't have a tracking number showing what you sold was delivered to the buyer. If you're going to ship something, you should arrange for and use your own shipper.
Please check out https://www.paypal.com/smarthelp/article/what-are-common-scams-and-how-do-i-spot-them-faq3176 for more information on common scams and how to spot them. You can find tips and suggestions on how to avoid fraud at https://www.paypal.com/smarthelp/article/how-can-i-prevent-fraud-when-shipping-an-order-faq3074. It may also be helpful to check out https://www.paypal.com/smarthelp/article/how-to-spot-fake%2C-spoof%2C-or-phishing-emails-faq2340 which has information on how to spot fake, spoof or phishing emails.
I hope this information is helpful. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Thanks for being a part of the PayPal Community!