Post # 1
Okay so I’m selling a ring from a previous relationship on craigslist. I got an email from a man a few hours after posting my add asking if it was still available. I told him yes and asked if he would like to meet to see the ring in person (I was going to set up a meeting at my local jeweler so that I would feel safe and he would feel secure having a jeweler there to check out the ring for him). This was his response…
I got your message,am sorry , i will not be available for the meet up.
Do you accept PayPal for this transaction?
I will like you to pack this item very well to make it more
presentable, I am buying this for my friend, but I’m unable to pay by
cash, in this case i will like you to get back to me with your PayPal
account email address for the payment and i will add $200 for the
shipping cost via USPS to united state.
let me know if you will be okay with this transaction or i should
continue searching for what i need
Get back to me asap for the secure payment process.
Part of me screams HELL NO! Then another part of me says that as long as I wait for the payment to clear via paypal before shipping the ring, then why not? I’ve purchased and sold things on ebay before using paypal, but I suppose I always felt more secure with the transaction because I also had protection through Ebay. If I give him my email address that’s associated with my paypal account, is there a way for him to do harm that way?
If anyone has any experience with this or advice, I’d love to hear from you!
Post # 3
I think I’d pass…Anyone shopping on craigslist who can throw $200 over the asking price doesn’t sound legit to me.
Post # 4
That’s exactly what I was thinking! I’m asking $1000 for the ring, btw. It was appraised at $2825.
Post # 5
I’ve been almost scammed by these types of people on CL. They sent me a fake PayPal receipt, and when I checked my account, sure enough, it hadn’t gone through. Thank god I checked, otherwise, some scammer would have gotten a pretty sweet laptop for free. They try to get you by “paying” more than the asking price. That’s a red flag.
Never trust anyone who won’t meet in person, no matter what they say. When I’m trying to sell something, I always get at least a few of these e-mails a week (it’s generally for stuff of a higher value). I usually reply by saying, “I know you’re scamming me, don’t e-mail me again.”
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
I’ve seen people have this kind of response before, don’t do it! It’s definitely a scam.
Post # 7
No, it’s a scam. When someone wants to pay over the asking price it is always a scam. I would keep looking for a buyer.
Post # 8
I agree…. walk away!
If he can pay over the asking price, why wouldn’t he get one from a legit jeweler instead of craigslist?
Post # 9
Honestly something seems fishy about it. The weird grammar really screams at me that it is a scam.
Post # 10
Thanks so much ladies! As much as I would love $1200 to put towards my wedding budget, I really needed to hear a few “voices of reason”, you know?
I just emailed him back and politely told him that I was not comfortable with that sort of transaction and good luck with his search.
Post # 11
Good for you! That was totally a scam! 🙂
Here’s to hopping someone takes you up on the offer soon though!
Post # 12
Go sell on idoinowdont.com
Post # 13
The scammers offer the extra money so you send them a check for $200 after they send you the fake paypal reciept or whatever shady “proof” of payment they have.
Try a local jewelry store and see if they buy used jewelry (not a pawn shop, just a regular jewelry store).