Urgent PayPal/Craigslist question!

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  1. VaderPrime1

    VaderPrime1 Prepare for termination!

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    Ok, I have a computer for sale on Craigslist and I have been offered by two people $50-$100 more than I was asking and they both want it shipped ASAP (one said today) (because of work and one person said he wants me to ship it directly to his cousin - who "he's buying it for")

    They both want me to send them an invoice on PayPal.

    I've only done one transaction on Craigslist and we met in person.

    Is this PayPal and having me ship it safe and legit? I would think so because I'm the one who selling and they offered to send me money through PayPal, but what should I do?
     
  2. mineraljane

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    It's an attempt to scam you and is in no way legitimate.
     
  3. Dinobots Rule

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    it sounds shady, go with what your gut tells you. i know its hard being tempted by the money and wanting to sell it but if you get screwed over it may cost you more in the end.
     
  4. VaderPrime1

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    But if I have the money in my paypay then how can it be a scam? I wont send the item until I get the money from him.
     
  5. Red Alert

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    As long as they have confirmed paypal address's it should be fine.


    Don't do it if they try to change the location because paypal will not protect a non-verified one.
     
  6. yodafett

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    They can always say item didn't match and get a refund from Paypal...
     
  7. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    I'm not sure it works that way outside of ebay. If he buyer sends payment as a gift or money owned then there is absolutely no recourse for the buyer.
     
  8. havanowoncheese

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    They are trying to scam you.
     
  9. MegaMoonMan

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    Whenever anybody offers you MORE than the asking price, you are getting set up for a scam. Whenever anyone says something like "I'm buying this for my cousin, ship it to him, ship it right now", you are getting set up for a scam.

    Seriously, think about it - why would some random idiot offer you $100 MORE for something?
     
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  10. VaderPrime1

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    I think I'm just going to tell them that I only meet in person and only accept cash... keep it simple.

    Thanks guys.
     
  11. Goaliebot

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    It's a scam. One of two ways they do it:

    1) They overpay you, and have you wire/transfer/pay money to a third party ("courier", "agent", "shipper"). Their payment later bounces/turns out to be fraudulent and PayPal comes after YOU for the money back. You may still have the laptop, but you're out the "excess" payment amount you forwarded on. That money was the target all along.

    2) Simpler: They pay you, you ship it, then it turns out they were paying via a stolen credit card or stolen PayPal account. PayPal then comes after you for the money back and your laptop is gone.

    Both of the above scams are usually done via PayPal payments or Money Orders (which your bank instantly accepts, puts the $ in your account, but later - weeks later sometimes - it turns out to be a clever fake Money Order and you are on the hook for the money back).

    Hallmarks of the scam:

    - They are buying it instantly, no questions asked, sight unseen.
    - They are going to pay you MORE than your asking price.
    - They insist on using PayPal or Money Orders.
     
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    Also make sure to tell them to shove their scam up their scummy asses.

    Or, you could have fun with it and string them along. I forget the name but there's a whole website dedicated to people scamming scammers and sharing the story. It's some seriously funny shit.

    More than one apparently. Here's one: http://www.419eater.com
     
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  13. mineraljane

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    Good.

    Exactly. I've sold many computers on Craiglist and always specify that I will deal with locals only. That doesn't prevent some from sending me their requests to ship immediately at a premium due to some specific circumstance. (One request was to his missionary wife in Africa; one to a nephew for a birthday; et cetera.)


    P-p-p-powerbook!
     

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