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i had someone wanting to buy something from me but needed me to pay shipping through western union.
Igot an email from paypay that the payment from buyer was on hold untill i give them a trackin number.
Is this a scam.
Yep - a very good chance it's a scam.
There no relationship between PayPal and Western Union.
Best practice for selling - everything goes through PayPal - you as the seller should send an invoice to the buyer with the item description, the buyer pays, you get the money, you then purchase and print your shipping label and enter the tracking number into the transaction details, you then ship the item, the buyer receives the item and life is good. If there's an issue, you would have seller protection and documentation of the sale.
This is a typical 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 or 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 western union, moneygram or walmart etc BEFORE the funds are released to you.
They are not interested in the item, they just want the western union etc funds and you will never see money in your paypal balance.
They also 'sometimes' threaten legal action...have a laugh at that one and ignore it as its rubbish.
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 item that is collected by the buyer.
Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.