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Issue involving buyer

Discussion in 'Classifieds Usage Discussion and Help' started by sickest beast, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Hey guys... call me a bit paranoid here, but I might have an issue.

    I've posted my Mesa Boogie amp up for sale on craigslist and kijiji, as well as TB Classifieds. I got an email from someone who saw my ad on craigslist.

    This person asked a couple quick questions, then said she would buy the amp. She asked for my address, and said she would have a shipping company come pick the amp up. I gave her my address, she emailed me back asking for my Paypal info for a quick payment, and she assured me that her shipping company would contact me soon for pickup.

    She hasn't even told me what company she is using, where she lives, I don't have any information on her other than A name and an e-mail address.

    Now.. I've e-mailed her asking for her full address, phone number, full name (if different) and told her that I want all this information before I allow a Paypal payment.

    Should I be doing all this before accepting payment? I felt weird right away when this buyer seems to be moving very fast.

    I'm going to reverse look up her phone number, cross check her address, and make sure her paypal account is address verified.

    Is there anything else I can do? Does this seem a bit fishy to anyone else?

  2. It is fishy.
  3. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Scam, I have received e mails like that.

    I just say send the money and when it clears I will release the goods.

    I never hear back from them.
  4. There a few PayPal requirements in order for you to qualify for seller protection. This is from their website:

    Having a verified address is best, but you must ship to the address listed on the details page, or you will not be covered! If it were me, I would take the item to the shipping company myself, and get them to collect COD or have the buyer send them payment for the shipment immediately, and make sure it goes to the address PayPal has on file, or you won't be covered.

    I have pretty limited experience with this myself, so hopefully someone else can chime in here.
  5. I got an email from a moving company... what the heck is going on here...
  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Not a real moving company...run away!

  7. and there is a delivery address listed in Toronto, Ontario in the e-mail..

    I'm just giving you guys info as i get it right now. I'm obviously being very cautious about this. I'm waiting to receive all the info from this buyer... if I hear back at all.
  8. 64jazz


    Nov 29, 2011
    Louisville, KY USA
    I've handled a number of transactions via craigslist and have had great luck so far. There are a few conditions I adhere to, which I'm happy to share:

    1. Only local transactions.
    2. We ALWAYS meet in high-traffic public places for the transaction.
    3. Cash only.
    4. I don't go to transactions alone.
    5. I always tell someone where I'm going, who I'm supposedly meeting, what they
    will be driving, when I'll be back, etc.
    6. There's a noticeable difference between illiteracy and fumbling through a
    second language. Learn to spot it. ;)
    7. I'm sure there are others, but those are my main points.

    You may or may not find this link useful, but it's somewhere to start learning (from the misfortune of others, sadly): c*r*a*i*g*slist - PayPal - Nigeria Shipping

    Hey, if you're dead set on giving away your Mesa, ship it to me. I'll pay all shipping charges AND tell everyone what a great human you are! :D
  9. Hahahaha... this is obviously a scam. Damn people.
  10. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Oh jeebus xrist, how is it possible for somebody not to know that's a scam? Read the anti-scam warning page on CList. Do a google on common internet scams. This is one of the most common.
  11. Easy... I won't even begin to list the ways someone could not know this is a scam.

    Anyways, I had an idea it was a scam before I even started the thread, I started this thread to confirm it.

    So you're condescending post really wasn't necessary.

    You obviously didn't read the whole thread.
  12. * Someone responds to a cl posting telling that they are interested and ship to this product to a specified address.
    * They tell that they will pay via PayPal but don't tell when.
    * Seller sends the package.
    * And then wonders why there's no PayPal payment happening after a couple of weeks of waiting...
  13. it blows my mind that anyone would fall for this.

    shipping something without cleared payment? c'mon.
  14. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
  15. 64jazz


    Nov 29, 2011
    Louisville, KY USA
    There are multiple ways you can be scammed, and people not knowing is why the scammers are doing a thriving business. Spread the word and make their lives a bit harder, eh?
  16. This is actually kind of funny... this buyer won't quit.

    He keeps asking me for my paypal.

    So finally i told him I would pay the shipping charges. There is no need to use his outside moving company. I could provide him a tracking number, so long as he has a paypal verified shipping address. Lol. I can't wait to see how he replies to this.
  17. this reminds me of scambaiting...

    i might format this ill-fated transaction into a little story we can all read and laugh at. let me see how long I can stretch it out for first.
  18. Yes one way to combat scammers is to make their life as miserable as possible.
  19. i'll let you guys know how it turns out.

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