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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE fla1976's Avatar
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    Scam or not.

    Need some input. Is PayPal a safe method to sell on Craigs List? Here is the email I received.
    Hi thanks for mailing, i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right now.
    i am buying this for my personal use so am willing to offer you the amount you required. I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i don't have access to my bank account online(i don't have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my PayPal account, and this is why i insisted on using PayPal to pay,all i will need is your PayPal email address to make the payment, and if you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can set one up at www.paypal.com it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your PayPal email so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap.
    plz include your final price for the listing

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    Moderator RACING JUNKIE Harbone's Avatar
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    SCAM!!! I have received that same form of email god knows how many times on my Craigslist ads, if you reply "cash and carry only" you never hear from them again!
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    What is the scam? A person must have your email address to paypal the money to you so that part sounds correct. What is their "angle"?

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    Moderator RACING JUNKIE Harbone's Avatar
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    look at the wording, who uses that kind of terminology like "pickup agent", I have gotten that email with almost word for word before from 5 or 6 different email address's. sometimes the link will take you to a fake paypal site so they can get your bank info. just reply to it and see what happens.
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    they will also post a payment, wait till they receive the goods and then file a claim, paypal gives them their money back, they close the account leaving you with no way to get any money back or legal action.
    Chris

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    using paypal

    When I sell something and use paypal I ask for there E-mail and send them a bill (using paypal) for the price that we agreed on, then you know that they are serious about your parts or just want your E-mail for fraud or a scam, Thanks Ron612

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE mopar1968's Avatar
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    It's a scam i also have recieved the same e-mail :!: Anyone that sell's would know this :!: :!:







    JMO Mark
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    Wasn't doubting you that it was a scam just wondered what they did if you "took the bait"

    I would never click on a link like that. Got my ebay account hacked falling for that once. live and learn.

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE fla1976's Avatar
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    Wrote him back, Said "Sorry, cash only."

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    That's good thinking on your part, Would hate to see you loose anything :!:
    Head's up the true drag race!!


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