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I am selling a computer on craigslist. One of the payment options i am allowing is Paypal. one of the emails i received is from an Anita James ([email protected]). She offered to buy my item using PayPal.
This is what she said
I am interested in your item as a birthday gift for a penpal in west Africa,i would have love to pay you cash but presently i am embarking on a journey that is why i am willing to pay with paypal cos it is safe and more secure i want you to know that i would be paying the sum of $1,300 and that would include shipping.i would like you to send it through USPS Express Mail International,if you are interested pls get back to me with a money request from your paypal account to [email protected]. Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®
I'm smart enough to not ship before i get paid. I am also smart enough to take the money out before they are able to reverse the payment.
What do you guys think?
Tsnerd Not quite a Newb
Joined: 14 Jul 2005
Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:02 am
Well, the email address doesn't produce any negative hits on Google.
Are you selling your laptop for 1300? What does her paypal profile show? Lastly, the bit about it being a present - that would make me wonder if she could be a victim of some kind - but that is only musing aloud.
Fakers: many, many, lots; an SSL and a couple of Resellers.
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Ima Baeder 419Eater Admin
Joined: 03 May 2007
Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:42 am
It looks like an overpayment scam.
The first hint is that it's a "gift for a penpal in West Africa". The second clue is mentioning "your item" in general and not specifically. This, though, is the bit that makes me think it's a scam:
i would be paying the sum of $1,300 and that would include shipping
This type of scam doesn't usually involve a scammer mentioning using USPS services but he may have a trick up his sleeve. I'd caution you to move forward carefully.
Another thing they do (in a Paypal based scam) is to send a fake email from Paypal confirming that funds have been deposited but are held in escrow (a service which PPal does NOT provide) until you send the tracking number.
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