(Closed) Help!!! Does this sound like I’m being Scammed???

posted 11 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
1770 posts
Buzzing bee

I think it’s a scam, I’d contact paypal.

Post # 4
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If people have a verified account (ie it is linked to a real, verified checking account with verified backup credit card) it will say that on the Paypal transaction next to their Paypal ID.

If they overpaid and aren’t responding, that’s fishy. I would not send it until you can reach the buyer. At least they haven’t asked you to send them the cash difference or something else equally fishy.

Post # 5
712 posts
Busy bee

I wouldn’t send it! I use PayPal often and the payment ALWAYS goes through before I send a product out. I definitely wouldn’t send it out while the payment is still pending.

Probably not what you wanted to hear :/ Good luck selling your dress!

Post # 6
342 posts
Helper bee

If payment is pending until they receive the dress – not good! I do a lot of transactions with paypay, if this were me, I’d run from this person very fast.

Can almost guarantee it’s a scam

Post # 7
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’ve heard of scams like this with checks.  Theres a loophole where after you deposit a check, it shows up immediately in your bank account, even though the check takes about 3 weeks to clear.  So the person says it was a mistake to overpay, asks you to wire them the difference,  you check you bank account and it looks like it deposited, so you do, and then 3 weeks later you are out money.

I don’t know how it works with paypal, but overpaying and then getting money back is definitely a common scam so I would contact paypal if I were you and don’t send them any money, or your dress until you get confirmation.

Post # 8
3928 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Don’t send it out until the payment is confirmed!!!

Here is the number and hours to PayPal customer service. Times are PST.


  • Monday through Friday – 4am – 10pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – 6am – 8pm

Phone number:

  • 402-935-2050

Here is the number and email to PayPal Security.

Post # 9
29 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

This sounds like the scams where someone will write you a check over the price you agreed on, you give them cash or check back and then the original check bounces and you end up out a lot of money.  This sounds suspicious- I would listen to your gut feeling and cancel ASAP.

Post # 10
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Payment pending until item is received?  No way!!!! 

Post # 11
1174 posts
Bumble bee

@swtTea:Usually it’s purchased with a stolen credit card

You will ship the merchandise as promised

They will contact you about over payment and ask you send it back by money order

Dispute of charge is done by true card holder

You are out of your merchandise and the overage amount you sent

Post # 12
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The fact that they’re asking it to be shipped to a different name and address, in addition to the overpaid amount, is a huge red flag that this is a scam using a stolen credit card.

Post # 13
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

DO NOT SEND! This exact same thing happened to me and after I sent the product out the “pending payment” was denied and i lost out on the money and I lost the item i was selling 🙁

Post # 15
4460 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s a scam!!! Do not mail out the dress! Once they get the dress, the payment will deny. Contact paypal and alert them of the scam.

Email the buyer and tell her that you are not sending out the dress until you get confirmation from paypal that the funds are legit and they clear.

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