Post # 1
So I posted an ad on craigslist as well as a few other sale sites in my area for a wedding ring that I had purchsed and have since decided I dont want to use. I had someone email me asking if it was still available and I said yes. He then replied with: Please setup an account with paypal and get back to me with your info and i will order for your payment immediately… i will add $150 to cover shipment charge to my friend through EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE OR through local post office via(FIRST CLASS REGISTER MAIL)pls delete the posting now…Thanks. seemed fishy to me, so I told him sorry but I dont have a paypal account and I am taking cash only. Has anyone else ever gotten a message like this? Or am I just being overly suspicious?
Post # 3
this is a scam. Anytime someone says they will pay for the shipping via paypal it is a scam.
I think you’re bettor off ebaying it or selling it to a shop. Craigslist is just full of scams.
Post # 4
@ChellFish22: The good thing about Paypal is that you can wait until he pays before sending anything. When you give someone your paypal information, you’re not sending them confidential information–you can send them an invoice and Paypal handles their side of the payment for YOU, the seller.
The only loophole I see is that if he turns around and files a claim against you for something, like the ring not being quite right. If you go this route, take lots of pictures and keep all the emails.
Post # 5
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: not true: Yahoo answers gives a good summary of paypal scams:
There are plenty of scams using Paypal’s name
1 – they send you an email saying money has been sent but due to new security measures it will not be credited until you send the tracking info. So you send the item, email the tracking info, then check Paypal and there is NO money in your account. You call Paypal who tells you they never emailed you, there was no transaction and they NEVER ask for tracking info before crediting your account
2 – they send you money from a hacked Paypal account, you ship the item, then the real account holder discovers the theft, reports it to Paypal and the money is refunded from your account
3 – they send you a fake Paypal email saying money has been sent but you have to click on a link to verify the transaction – which leads you to a fake but real looking Paypal log-in page that you log into — and you just got your account hacked
4 – they send you money from a real Paypal account, ask you to ship to a certain address, then file a chargeback. If you did not check with Paypal that the address they gave you was the “verified” address and you sent anywhere but the verified address, they claim they never received the item and Paypal refunds them. It doesn’t matter if you have proof it was delivered to the other address along with an email from the buyer telling you to ship to that address. If you ship anywhere but the verified Paypal mailing address, you have NO protection and Paypal will always side with the buyer
Unless you are selling through Ebay, make sure any listing says across the top and bottom in all caps
** LOCAL BUYERS ONLY, CASH ONLY, NO SHIPPING **
and ignore everyone who wants anything else
Post # 6
This is 100% a scam, do not do it.
Post # 7
@ChellFish22: it sounds a bit fishy. i had someone like that contact me when i was selling some jewellery on kijiji (like craigslist). he needed it right away and didn’t haggle on the price (it was a $2000 item). didn’t care how much shipping was, etc. i told him cash only and then all of a sudden he was no longer interested and not in the country.
about a month later, i got a very similar email regarding another piece of jewellery i was selling. same excuses for why it had to be paypal.
what they do is set up a paypal account just for this transaction with a fake/or stolen credit card #. by the time paypal realizes the card is not valid, you have already sent the item and paypal claws you back for the funds b/c the other account is void. you are now out the item and the money.
Post # 8
I wasnt going to do it. It seemed way too fishy too me and I was not about to be out $1200 and a ring! I just wanted to make sure it was a scam. I said cash in hand only. So hopwfully someone real will respond and not try to scam me!
@Atalanta: its crazy how many different ways there are to scam someone with that!
Post # 9
100% scam. As soon as you ask if they are local, then you get the next fake email which you can find on Google verbatim most likely!
Only deal with local buysers.
Or use eBay if you want to do it online.
Post # 10
@Atalanta: Oh wow, I had no idea! I’ve used paypal for different things and never thought twice about it. Thanks for putting that info up!
Post # 11
100% a scam!!! My husband got the same type of msg when trying to sell something