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Here is the email I recieved, Im suspicious of fraud, what should I be weary of:
Hi thanks for mailing, i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right now.
i am buying this for my personal use so am willing to offer you the
amount you required. I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i
don't have access to my bank account online(i don't have internet
banking with it), but i have it attached to my PayPal account, and
this is why i insisted on using PayPal to pay,all i will need is your
PayPal email address to make the payment, and if you don't have a
PayPal account yet, you can set one up at www.paypal.com it cant take
you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your PayPal email
so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up
after payment has been sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap.
plz include your final price for the listing
Is your listing still available ? send me recent picture of it.
whats is wrong with this world?? it disgusts me what people try and do ! Im considering cancelling my paypal account and never posting/selling anything even on auto trader again, because thats where my email came from..
I work for a large bank in Canada and we are well aware of this scam. If you agree to the arrangement, a second email will arrive, or the cheque/draft/certified cheque will show up for more than the agreed upon price. Finally will come a request to go to your bank and make the deposit, returning the difference to the "buyer." By the time the cheque/draft/certified cheque/money order bounces (its a high quality but complete fake) the "buyer" has your money.
If it seems too good to be true, or to outlandish... it is!
I have been selling a couple of vehicles on Craigs List, I get that same scam email with every psoting without fail. Almost word for word.
The writing is clearly on the wall my friends.
I had the same thing happen, re a guitar I am selling on kijiji. The "buyer" said she/he worked "offshore" in the St. Lawrence (since when does the St. Lawrence river qualify as offshore??) had limited communication ability because of it (Ontario Quebec cellphone service does cover the area!) and wanted to buy the guitar for a son in Malaysia. Said he sent payment via paypal, (did not show up even as pending) but that I had to send a wire transfer for 800 CAD via Western Union to the shipping agent in Malaysia before paypal would release the money to me. They eve had a fake Paypal person telling me what to do.
Again, bad grammar, things not makig sense, story changing. I called Paypal directly and was told immediately that it was a scam. This was my first ever experience selling anything, and it has ot been a good one.
My gratitude goes to the staff at Paypal for being easy to contact for help (it took under 3 minutes), and for having a well-informed individual there to tell me immediately that it was a scam.
Thank you, Paypal
Welcome to the boards!
Scam. I see this email about 4-5 times a day on the US boards, and it varies, well, very little. I pity actual marine engineers at sea, because they'll never be able to purchase anything once this angle is abandoned.
Learn more about buying and selling safely online - check out our Security Centre at www.paypal.ca/securityandprotection
Another great article I recommend for anyone who uses the internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance-fee_fraud
Hope this helps,