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Is this guy trying to scam me through paypal?
So I'm selling a Mustang on craigslist and this guy messges through text saying
"My only quickest pay ment option is paypal as I can send money via paypal anytime. since i'm requesting this transaction to be done via paypal I will be responsible for all the paypal fee/charges on this transaction I need the address where the agent will meet you and your paypal email address so I can send the money now. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible?"
Is he trying to scam me?
I am selling it for $3000, and he said he'll pay that
There is no buyer.
There is only a scammer trying to steal your money.
The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be "Paypal" saying "kindly send some fee via Western Union or moneygram and we will release the funds".
Paypal does NOT send such emails, ever. Paypal does NOT demand the receiver pay a fee. EVER. No exceptions.
Or the next email will claim "extra money was sent" and you must send your cash to pay the "car shipper" before the paypal "transaction" completes and only via western Union or moneygram.
Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.
Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of being the perfect buyer, great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.
You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.
Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.
Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
If you google "cragislist buyer scam", "fake paypal email scam", "ebay escrow fraud" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near victims of this type of scam.
Check out the one and only official paypal website, read up on what paypal does and how it really works.
Source(s):12 months ago
paypal can reclaim payments up to 90 or 180 days if the funds are fraudulent so i certainly wouldn't use it for large payments outside ebayby Harley Drive - 12 months ago
It's a scam - DO NOT respond for any reason
There are several variations of the Craigslist/Paypal scam
1 - this article explains the most common version which uses a spoofed email that only looks like it's from Paypal www.el-jefe.org/2009/12/lesson-1-ho... but instead of you sending the item the fake email says that the money will be credited once their "agent" (scammer using another fake name) confirms they have picked up your car
2 - a version of #1 but the fake Paypal email will be for MORE than you asked for and you will be asked to wire the balance to the "shipper" or some other person through Western Union or Moneygram
3 - they pay with a hacked paypal account hoping you ship the item or they can pick it up before the real account holder discovers the theft, reports it to Paypal and they withdraw the money from your account
4- Paypal ONLY protects you if YOU arrange the shipping to the buyer's verified address. Scammers know this but hope you don't. So they pay with their account then either send a "shipper" (scammer using another fake name) to pick up the item or they have you send to a father/son/cousin/etc overseas. Then once they have the item or you have sent it, they file a dispute with Paypal claiming their email and Paypal accounts have been hacked and there is an unauthorised transaction. Paypal contacts you asking for proof of delivery to the buyer's verified address. You won't have this as the scammer either picked up from you or shipped to an unverfied address, and Paypal refunds the money and the scammer keeps your item and resells it for cash
And once they know your Paypal account details, they will constantly target you with phishing scams to hack your Paypal account
They can't send an "agent" as you have to sign the title over to the buyer in person, ideally in front of a notary.
NEVER sell to anyone who cannot meet you in person with cash, or if they don't want to carry cash, then you meet at THEIR bank and personally witness them drawing a cashier's check which you immediately deposit. Otherwise no sale
In this case you will lose your car and never get paid. The police won't be able to help as the buyer gave you a fake name, you never checked his license in person to verify his name to put on the Bill of Sale and title transfer, they closed their free email account and already ditched the pay as you go burner phone they were using. In the meantime your car has already been stripped for parts at a chop shop