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Fraud or Scam?

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Fraud or Scam?

Hi! Im selling a car and a suspicious interested buyer send me the following email. " I'm satisfied with the price & condition. I am buying it internationally to Croatia and i would pay you through Paypal into your Paypal account directly as it is the fastest & easiest way for me to make payment at this moment, do not worry about Paypal charges as i would be paying for it & about the transportation, i shall arrange for a transport agent to come to your home directly for the pickup after you have gotten your money.

So if you accept this transaction, you should send me your info re
quested below if you have an account already with Paypal:

Paypal E-Mail Address:
Full Name:
Total Price:

But if you don't have an account with Paypal just login to (www.paypal.com) and register with them with hotmail or yahoomail. When you are done with the registration send me the email used for the registration with Paypal so i can pay into your Paypal account immediately and then we can arrange for my transport agent to come for the pick up, after you would have received your money. I will need your home address & telephone number for the pick up to be arranged.
 
i expect your reply soon 🙂
Thanks.

 

This sounds very scamy and fishy. Anyone has any experience with this kind of situations?

 

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Re: Fraud or Scam?

@psousa 

 

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 car, 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.

Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.


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Kudos / Solution appreciated.