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I have someone wanting to buy something from me.
He prefaced the purchase with, I want to buy these and have them sent to a friend, because I'm overseas right now.
This doesn't seem that suspicious, he could have just had the paypal shipping address be different on the payment.
Does this lead to a scam somehow?
What protections do I have if he says something like 'it didn't arrive' or tries to cancel the payment after I shipped it?
Careful it not this 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.
There is no seller protection if you don't send to the paypal registered address of the buyer at the time of payment....IF genuine.
Delete any emails and ignore the scammers.