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    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Something similar happened to me about 2 years ago when I was selling a tv..a woman wanted to buy it and said she would pay double what I was asking & would I post it to her son in Africa as a birthday present saying 'with love from mummy' on the parcel.

    She next asked for me to accept her transfer on paypal & the funds would be sent to my account..so I accepted the transfer but the money wasn't cleared to my account.

    Then I got an email from PayPal saying I needed to show proof of postage to Africa before the funds would be released.
    i was very nearly going to post the tv as i was moving country & had so much to do & wanted rid of it but something made me wait.

    To cut a long story short i kept getting harassing emails from this woman saying I never posted tv & she had paid me & from PayPal saying i I had violated their rules..

    So I by chance googled her email address & found info of similar scams she had done before but with slightly different versions of her email address & an exact copy of her original message to me & her English was very bad too..

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    We had a similar experience, but I hadn't heard of it either, just had a feeling it wasn't real. I think its a bit mean to criticise the op cause she hadn't heard of it - why would she? Is it something tht is mandatory reading? I'm glad you didn't lose out op.

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    It is a very old scam but appreciate the heads up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tappyboo View Post

    She next asked for me to accept her transfer on paypal & the funds would be sent to my account..so I accepted the transfer but the money wasn't cleared to my account.

    Then I got an email from PayPal saying I needed to show proof of postage to Africa before the funds would be released.
    i was very nearly going to post the tv as i was moving country & had so much to do & wanted rid of it but something made me wait.

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    This another good reason as to why you should never open financial websites (PayPal, banks etc) from links in emails, but to physically type the web address into your browser. There are some fantastic looking fake sites out there!!

    Also just to clarify with everyone PayPal will never ask you to accept a transfer or provide a tracking number for funds to be "cleared into your account".

    Again I encourage everyone that if you are going to use online websites such as PayPal, gumtree, eBay, cars guide etc that you spend 5 minutes reading and familiarizing yourself with the hints and advice that they post on their websites about what they will and won't send you emails about and how to recognize common scams (such as this one) that are conducted through their websites.

    Think of it the same as taking 5 minutes to lock your doors/windows before you leave the house. Sure the person that breaks in is in the wrong and is breaking the law, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to leave yourself vulnerable and make it easy for them to do so.

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    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    This another good reason as to why you should never open financial websites (PayPal, banks etc) from links in emails, but to physically type the web address into your browser. There are some fantastic looking fake sites out there!!

    Also just to clarify with everyone PayPal will never ask you to accept a transfer or provide a tracking number for funds to be "cleared into your account".

    Again I encourage everyone that if you are going to use online websites such as PayPal, gumtree, eBay, cars guide etc that you spend 5 minutes reading and familiarizing yourself with the hints and advice that they post on their websites about what they will and won't send you emails about and how to recognize common scams (such as this one) that are conducted through their websites.

    Think of it the same as taking 5 minutes to lock your doors/windows before you leave the house. Sure the person that breaks in is in the wrong and is breaking the law, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to leave yourself vulnerable and make it easy for them to do so.
    Not to mention insurance won't cover you. That's why it's always western union - no payer protection

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    Default Re: BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Thanks for taking the time to post this op, I had not heard of this scam either.

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    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Although Western Union always rings scam bells, I've not heard of this and appreciate the heads up OP.

    Being scammed is pretty scary

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    Default Re: BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Wow, lots of rude people in this thread!

    Glad you got your money back OP! Bet you felt sick when you realised it was a scam. How scary!!

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    Glad to hear you didn't loose any money OP.

    What people have to remember is that these Scammers are not usually after large sums of money. It is volume they are after. Also with smaller sums of money people tend to be more trusting.

    So if someone takes $1500 off you, imagine that 10/20/50 people also fall for this scam all of a sudden you are up to large amounts. That is why they are so prevalent, it doesn't take millions of people to be hooked for them to make money.

    Whilst maybe the tone could be construed as being a little harsh the information in this thread is very useful and should be read by everyone here that wasn't aware these things happen. Every person that is a little more vigilant on the net is one less person available to be scammed.

    If you are ever offered money through, via, by Westen Union or please can you clear a cheque for me etc, just do a quick google search. These things are posted very quickly and so are easy to find out about.

    If you are online at the end of the day it your responsibility to look after your money. If you are ever unsure, don't do it.

    Roo

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    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    I had a scammer try this on me in regards to my car on car sales. They told me they would pay double once I deposited $2000 into a western union bank account & then pay pal would clear funds yer right buddy I forwarded the email to Paypal fraud spoof@paypal.com. They confirmed it was fraudulent


 

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