Scam or not?
Fraud & Phishing
The scammer never paid. They are trying to get you to pay them instead.
When someone sends a PayPal Invoice, the status always starts out as Pending and updates to Paid once the invoice is paid. And only people who are receiving payments send out Invoices, people who are supposed to pay, do not.
There is a process of linking a bank account or a card to the Wallet page of your PayPal account, but not in the way the scammer is explaining it.
PayPal also does not ask you to send payment in order to receive payment. PayPal fees (which are a % fee + a fixed fee, not an even-number amount) are automatically deducted if applicable when someone REALLY sent payment.
If you paid any money then yes, you unfortunately lost the money.
And by the way, Ukraine PayPal accounts cannot accept payments for goods and services (business transactions). Only friends and family/personal transaction payments.
Kudos & Solved are greatly appreciated. 🙂
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