Recently, I put a board on the second hand section on this forum and last week I was approached by email with an inquiry. I came to an agreement with the person and they then told me that they were working in the UK and that someone would send me the money and I could ship the board to another person in California. I thought that was odd but so far nothing too weird. Then I received a paypal payment for almost 5 times the amount we agreed upon and I got an email at the same time asking me to send him the difference. At this point, I called paypal and they told me that it was a scam. However, now I have this money in my paypal account and the guy keeps writing me email asking me to send the money. What should I do? Is there really any money there? I think I'll call paypal again but I thought I would alert everyone that someone is working the second hand section of this forum and he is definitely a scam artist. BEWARE!
These scams have been around for almost 10 years. But surprised at the PayPal payment. PayPal will "confirm" if the money is actually there. But, in any case just refuse the deal and Paypal will send the payment back to the seller - if there was REALLY a payment!
From what I understand, the money may not really be there. If you send the merchandise and send them the difference you end up losing your stuff and the money comes out of your account. Nightmare. I'm not going to do anything for a while to see what happens with the money in the account.
angelinversace wrote:i dont see how sending you 5x the payment is a scam just keep the money and send the board problem solved you made 500% profit the scam is on them if they are dumb enough to send you that much money
this is the common mentality of people who get this "real" money in their paypal account from a Nigerian scammer. but when all the dust settles usually the seller gets the money taken away, there is a 30 day clearing in paypal if you read the fine print. basically if he takes the money and puts it in his account and it is later found it was not legit money, the money can be taken back by law cause paypal sure wont take the hit. i would call paypal and forward them any proof you have of this guy.
This happened to a friend. He posted a surfboard for sale on Graigslist. Buyer sent him a check for triple. He said he will send a person to pick up the board after the check clears. He wanted the seller to take a few hundred extra for his trouble and asks if he could give the pick guy up the board and extra cash. He said he had other items in the area they were buying.
Turns out the check is a perfect fake. The bank can't tell the difference until its sent to the original bank weeks later. Once they find out they charge the seller for the full amount of the bounced check.