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can i be scammed by a verified paypal account?

Discussion in 'Bad Sellers or Scams' started by Anders, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Anders

    Anders Monkey

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    just curious, if the user sends money via a verified account, could it still be a scam?

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  2. demo 9

    demo 9 Turbo Monkey

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    you should be protected AS LONG AS YOU SHIP TO THE PAYPAL ADDRESS.

    If a person in maine (that is verified) wants you to ship to utah, DO NOT do this. (or any mismatched address or state) paypal only covers you IF you have proof of shipping to the paypal address, if not, you can be screwed.
  3. eaterofdog

    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    And you have to get a signature for anything over $250, tracking be damned. Scammers get a lot of free bikes with this one.
  4. Ithnu

    Ithnu Monkey

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    PayPal will back the seller on default if its not through Ebay. I sold something on Craigslist through PayPal. The guy ordered the wrong shock size and wanted to return it, he said it was broken (it was not).

    Anyway, PayPal closed it right away because they don't resolve disputes over craigslist. Good for me since I was the honest one in this case. But if you do get the wrong thing or something damaged from buying off craigslist you can't get your money back from PayPal like you could with Ebay.
    #4 -   Jun 8, 2010
  5. uzziman

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    Along those lines I am assuming this is probably a scam then?

    "Thanks for the reply, i am buying this as a birthday gift for dad
    and i am at sea at the moment as i am a marine engineer and due to the
    nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are
    restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you
    an email regarding it. I really want it to be a surprise for dad
    so i wont let him know anything about it until it gets delivered
    to him , i am sure he will be more than happy with
    it.i will make the payment via paypal because i dont have access
    to my bank account online as i dont have internet banking, but i can
    pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i
    will need you to give me your paypal email address so i can make the
    payments asap and if you dont have paypal account yet,
    it is very
    easy to set up,just go to www.paypal.com and get it set up , after you
    have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for
    registration with paypal so as to put the money through.I have a pick
    up agent that will come and pick it up after i have made the
    payment, so all you need to do now is to get back to me with your
    paypal email so that i can send you the money soon and i will also like to see more pic
    if available "
    #5 -   Mar 6, 2012
  6. RideDad

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    100% scam. I've seen the same language dozens of times.
    #6 -   Mar 6, 2012
  7. IH8Rice

    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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    Im over here now
    yep. ive gotten that one MANY times
    #7 -   Mar 6, 2012
  8. maddog17

    maddog17 Turbo Monkey

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    Oh yeah it's a scam. Got that a few times myself
  9. ganglor

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    If the "buyer" includes directions on how to set up a paypal account, it is a scam.
  10. Shiversolitude

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    Ive bought and sold a lot of items via ebay, and also a lot of items just using paypal. One thing I would suggest if you are selling an item or buying an item is never just send or accept a payment. The seller should create an invoice for the sale, and the buyer should accept and pay that invoice. Dont just paypal someone 200 bucks and say 'payment for rockshox fork'.

    I always use an 'invoice' for my purchases/ sales.

    If Im selling an item, I will send a 'request for funds' and create an invoice for the item in questions. Lets say Im selling a pair of pedals. I will write up a detailed description of the item ie:

    QTY 1: Pair of Shimano 535 SPD pedals, color black, brand new unused condition, includes owners manual, original box, and pedals with cleats. (if there is a specific size for the item, or say its a fork with a 20mm axle, tapered etc. I include each and every one of those details, down to the manufacturer part number for the fork if I can find it.

    Price includes shipping (or put a separate price for the shipping).

    Then below that, I paste this into each and every paypal sale I do:

    Please review item description and terms prior to payment.

    No Returns.

    Items Will ship via UPS Ground within the USA; UPS Standard to Canada;
    USPS Express Mail Intl all other international locations. All non US buyers
    please include your phone number with your address for customs info.

    All items will be fully insured for purchase price upon shipping.

    Item will ship to the address provided via paypal upon payment of this invoice.

    Canada and International only: Buyer is responsible for any taxes,
    brokerage, duties, customs, fees etc. related to delivery.

    Do all of that and you should be pretty safe.