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I received a suspicious email stating that my buyer has over payed me for a laptop I sold on eBay. It went further by saying that I need to transfer 700 AUD to a Paypal account if I want to receive payment.
That sounds fishier than a Nigerian scam. I have worked for my friends ebay business for 12 years and have never heard of this. Since Covid-19 scams have reached epic levels.
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.
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.
Paypal NEVER expect you to use a rival money transfer service eg Moneygram or Western Union OR send vouchers or tokens to another person or to expand your account.
Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.