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Possible scam email, hard to tell....

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Cervani
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Possible scam email, hard to tell....

Was selling a laptop on facebook when I got a message from a possible buyer.  We talked and settled on the price and shipping, and the buyer asked me to send a request for money to them through paypal.  I sent them an invoice, and waited since they said they'd pay the next day.  Today comes around, and I find a paypal message that went straight to my spam (red flag 1).  Checking it, the email address itself is weird as hell as I've never seen paypal use a post.cz ending on their emails (flag 2).  And third, there is a multitude of what seems to be sentence structure issues, alongside me replying to this email with the tracking number to "un-pending the money".  The invoice in my activity shows as pending, but beneath it also says unpaid.

 

The email in question:

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kernowlass
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Re: Possible scam email, hard to tell....

@Cervani 

 

SCAM.

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 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.


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kernowlass
Esteemed Advisor

Re: Possible scam email, hard to tell....

@Cervani 

 

SCAM.

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 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.


Advice is voluntary.
Kudos / Solution appreciated.

View solution in original post