It has been brought to our attention that there have been a number of scam emails being sent to users regarding their items for sale on the classified website. There is no way to stop these scammers, the majority are done using an automated “bot” that hits thousands of classifieds sites at a time. If you do not trust a reply to your classifieds listing – IGNORE IT!
It involves paying for your item via PayPal. Although PayPal is a very reputable payment method, it is important to remember that there are always risks when accepting payments online.
The following has been taken from the PayPal Website and is important to remember when selling items on the classified site.
“A chargeback happens when a buyer asks their credit card issuer to reverse a transaction that has already cleared. This can mean that a payment you’ve received in your PayPal account could be reversed, even if you’ve already posted the goods – which can of course be frustrating.”
WHY DO CHARGEBACKS OCCUR?
There are a few reasons why a buyer would request a chargeback:
An unauthorised payment was made with the buyer’s card
The buyer didn’t receive the item that was paid for
There were errors in processing the transaction
The item does not match its description
The first item on the list is the most important – the payment made has been found to be fraudulent.
Below are a couple of emails that have been brought to our attention and will give you an idea of what they look like and what to look out for.
I want to buy this Wood Burning Fire,and need to know how much are you asking for it? and please i can only pay using pay pal,and after payments has been made i will arrange for pick up of the Wood Burning Fire,Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a nice day,
1. I received an e.mail from a Roger Smith (email@example.com) re my ad for sale of a computer desk. He agreed to the price then sent me this e.mal:
Thanks for your email I’m okay with the price of €70 I’ll not be able to send the money to you my self due to the far distance so as not to delay the transaction,but I’ve made an arrangement with my business partner to send a cheque of €1000 to you. Just have the cheque cleared within 3-5 days. As soon as it clears,you’ll deduct the price of it,and help me transfer the remaining funds to the Bank Account of my shipper the same day the cheque clears which serve as shipping charges to my shipper for the pick up arrangement at your location.
I’m compensating you with €20 for the running around expenses in the transaction. I’ll need your full data so that I can instruct him to forward the payment to you as soon as possible.
NAME… ADDRESS… PHONE NUMBER… Hope to hear from you soonest..
I want to buy this Benza ES8000 generator,and need to know how much are you asking for it? and please i can only pay using pay pal,and after payments has been made i will arrange for pick up of the Benza ES8000 generator,Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a nice day,
3. Hi ,I am an oceanographer and am currently at sea at the moment,due to my occupation as a marine engineer at this moment i am presently working offshore,sometimes access to regular emails and phone calls are very poor in offshore due to inefficiency of the immarsat service, I located in pacific WA, and i want you to know that am okay with the TBQ CITY MAX status and also the conditions of the TBQ CITY MAX and the asking price as well, I am buying the TBQ CITY MAX as a gift for my Dad as a surprise for him,he wont know anything about the TBQ CITY MAX until they get delivered to him, i can only pay through PayPal as i don’t have access to my bank account on-line as i don’t have internet banking,but i have my bank account attached to my PayPal account and this is why i insisted on paying you through PayPal, kindly get back to me with your PayPal details if you don’t have PayPal account yet,it is very easy to set up at your bank 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 so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done, i have a pick up agent that will come around for verifications and to pick the TBQ CITY MAX after i have made the payments for the TBQ CITY MAX.So I will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the making of the payment.
1.Your PayPal full name.
2.Your PayPal Email Address.
3..Your phone number.
Once again ,I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping. I will have my pick-up agent come over as soon as you have receive
Just be AWARE of these emails and if in doubt you can always email us at email@example.com and we will try and help or only accept cash on either collection or delivery of goods.
When an email sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Scammers will do anything to get what they want.
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