Craigslist, Ebay and other online buying/selling scams.
#207646 by CoryCalderbank Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:44 pm
I posted my car on craigslist the other day and i got a text from a number in Michigan(i live in Florida). The lady that texted me seemed pretty interested in my car but i wasn't planning on selling it to her because of the distance between us. I told her i would sell it to her before i found out where she was from. She asked me to create a paypal account because i didnt have one. Once i created it and sent her the email to my account she immediately sent me a text saying that she had payed for the car but i would have to pay for shipping before my money went through. i got numerous emails from [email protected] that contained instructions on how to wire my money to the shipper. I need to know if this is a scam or if this is standard paypal procedures.
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#207647 by Bryon Williams Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:58 pm
It is a scam.

If you look closely at the email address it is not from Paypal. You should always log into Paypal not using email links to check your balance.

The email address may look like this from "[email protected]" (kjkj;jk;[email protected])

You need to look at the header. You can find out how to find headers in my signature.

Please post the email address and/or the text number the scammer used. Also the header from the fake Paypal email.


In this scam the scammer is NOT interested in your car. He wants to steal your money. No one will ever come to pick up the vehicle. It is all a scam with the scammer playing all roles. The scammer is using a free email address and a fake name.


The scammer sent you a fake Paypal payment. He has a fake Paypal address from a free email provider. The payment will look real. Its a screen shot of a fake payment. He then will instruct you to pay a mover, shipper or agent. The fake Paypal email from the scammer will say that your Paypal funds will be released when you send the scammer (mover,agent or shipper) money via Western Union or Money Gram. In reality Paypal would never hold your funds.

Log into Paypal directly without any links to check for monies received or call Paypal directly from the number on their site.

If you are selling electronics, Cell phones or computers then the scammer is trying to steal your "item". Your fake funds will be released when you send the scammer a scan copy of a receipt showing you mailed your item.

This same scam works with fake check and money orders. You and your bank will think they are real. After you cash the fake check. Days or weeks later your bank will inform you of the fraud. Your bank will have you repay the monies. Possibly close your account for fraud and report you to Law Enforcement.

The best thing to do is to sell in person face to face in a public place.

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#207649 by Bryon Williams Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:04 pm
Yes, that email address is not from Paypal. It is a free email provider like yahoo, gmail and hotmail. Please read my above post as I have updated it.

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#207650 by Bryon Williams Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:12 pm
What is the scammers email address and/or text number? This information will help others avoid this scam.

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#207652 by Bryon Williams Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:14 pm
Bryon Williams wrote:What is the scammers email address and/or text number? This information will help others avoid this scam.

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#207654 by Bryon Williams Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:17 pm
What method did he initially contact you on?

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#207657 by Bryon Williams Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:20 pm
What number showed when he text? What number did you text back? Did he ever give you an email address?

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