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Old 01-31-2013, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Possible Craigslist scam? Not sure. Need help.

I'm listing a Toshiba laptop for sale for $175. First I thought it was weird that he offered me $300 which is more then this laptop is brand new but then he says he is paying with PayPal. Why not just cash in hand? Do you guys think this is a scam even though he said he would pay gift? I'm so confused, bout to just call this off.

This guy writes me.










I've never had anything like this come up.... I find it weird.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Top to bottom. his is in blue, I respond back in black on top of each email.
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Yes scam. Probably using stolen credit card, sending to "nephew"

Cant meet "coz" he got a promotion?

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His grammar fails to provide me any comfort. I would not feel comfortable with a sight unseen transaction with someone who is unable to communicate clearly.
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100 percent scam.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If he pays gift there is no way he's scamming me right? Or am I missing the point? I've never had this kind of offer before and don't really understand it.
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In my opinion and experience, any time they offer to send you a higher amount of money than you wanted for the item, it's designed to put you at ease. It's supposed to make you feel like it's just your lucky day and they're giving you the extra money for your inconvenience of sending it to someone they know. But it's just a scam. They're using stolen cards or will do chargebacks, etc.

I had the same thing happen to me a few years ago when I put my travel trailer up for sale. I was very close to completing the sale (for more than I wanted) but then in a span of an hour, I got two more similiar type offers from different people. In all three cases, I was being offered more than I wanted and was told that none of the people offering to buy the trailer could pick it up. In all three cases, they wanted me to drop the trailer off somewhere after I received the PayPal.

I realized with the similarity of the three offers, that it had to be some kind of scam. It's a good thing I received the other two offers because otherwise I would have closed the deal, received payment and delivered the trailer. Then 3-7 days later I would have lost the money due to supposed fraudulent charges and I would have been out of the money and a trailer.
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If he pays gift there is no way he's scamming me right? Or am I missing the point? I've never had this kind of offer before and don't really understand it.
You can still get the shaft if the payment is fraudulent (stolen credit card.)
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I did an internet search of "i will like to know if" and it comes back with 100s of scam attempts.
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If he pays gift there is no way he's scamming me right? Or am I missing the point? I've never had this kind of offer before and don't really understand it.
Theres alot of different scams these guys use. Since we all do cards, we are all much more knowledgeable about paypal than the average joe. Here are just a few examples:

Let's Get the Craigslist Scammers: The PayPal Scam
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate everything! I wrote the guy saying ill sell it locally, cash in hand.
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I am kind of new to paypal but does not accepting a "gift" payment mean there is no protection?
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I am kind of new to paypal but does not accepting a "gift" payment mean there is no protection?
No protection to the person sending it!
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His grammar fails to provide me any comfort. I would not feel comfortable with a sight unseen transaction with someone who is unable to communicate clearly.
This, grammer can tell you a lot about a person.
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Okay, now that it has been established that someone is trying to scam you, we should now come up with a good way to screw with them back. Perhaps you need them to take a picture of themselves so you can be sure they are who they say they are. Since it would be easy to find a pic of anyone to send, you should request that they place an entire peeled and eaten banana in their mouth just so you can be sure.
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Scam. They do this with any electronics. I listed 4 different iPods and got the same email from 4 different emails with the same message.
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Scam. And damn, I want a job wherever he works if he gets promoted for expressing himself that way.
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Check out scambaiters.com


I love that site, funny as hell!
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Classic 4-1-9 scam, don't get sucked in.
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so he's paying nearly double your asking price, but only through paypal and not in person? yeah, too many red flags to believe it is too good to be true.
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This, grammer can tell you a lot about a person.


And I agree completely....
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