internet paypal scam

June 15, 2011 9:06am CST
hello myloters, i am helping my father to sell his car in autotrade's website. recently i got an email from 5 interested client. they said they liked the car and they r willing to buy it but due to their work related reason they will not be able to collect themselves and will be sending some shipping company in their behalf to collect it. I find it weird as all of the interested people had same kind of interest and similar job and they all were not willing to collect themselves. BUT anyway i exchange email with all of them and when talked about the money they all wanted to send it by PAYPAL. surprise! surprise! all of them we telling they were out of town, in sea and are not able to wire money though internet BUT are willing to use paypal to send money. SO i gave my paypal address to one of them. Today i recieved an email from paypal saying deposit has been made BUT i checked it from my mobile so i thought it was just co-incidence that all will buyer had same kind of situation, work and interest. BUT later when i checked my email form computer i realised that it was a fake email pretending to be from paypal. the person had sent 300 pound more for shipping and wanted me to send it to his shipping company but this time he wanted me to send it form western union money transfer and the address was of Nigeria. LOL!! am so gutted that i was made fool but happy that i was able to realise it on time. am happy that it was me who was helping my father. if it was him, am sure he would have been the victim. Have any of you experienced something like this too?? Now am looking for a way to confront that person. I guess i will say same thing and ask for them to give paypal address to send the excess money :P Man! i do not know why people do this kind of stuff. they could have used mylot to earn some money instead of wasting their time n energy to fool people ;)
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5 responses
• Philippines
16 Jun 11
I'm also not aware of something like this before. If you think about it, there are a lot of ways to scam people. These scammers go way back. Frank Abignale, Otto Von Bismark, P.T. Barnum, etc.. These people are the pioneer con artists. Since then, con artists, or scammers as much preferred by most, improved dramatically almost proportionate to the improvement of our technology today. Their ways are just almost as good as the most modern technology and system we have now because they only utilize what they can get a grip of and use their minds, which are surprisingly sharp, to scam other people. Some, I guess, practice these sort of stuff because of the thrill of it or because they can simply execute it but I'm sure most are in it for the money. Compared to earning money online, as you've suggested, scamming people is really easy money if you ask me. You don't have to wait for 30 days just to earn $10 bucks or so. The money earned is huge and instant, that's the perfect dream if you ask me. Although if you're gonna earn it through dishonesty, I guess most will think twice about it. Most, not all.
17 Jun 11
yes it is short cut way of making money. conning people is not good thing. to tell you the truth my family has been victim of it. it was a bad experience for whole family. the relations, bond, trust, and everything were at risk. BUT i believe in karma, everything goes around comes around.
• Philippines
18 Jun 11
Yep, bad karma is your best bet for now. But have you reported them to authority? You should also take action.
23 Jun 11
yes we have but those bad person never walks around with their guard down. but we are still taking action.
• India
16 Jun 11
Hi,thanks for posting your experience here.I think many of us will get the idea from this and will be alert.Well I myself never think of selling anything online. Because I know very well that so many kind of scams are going on internet which sometimes we can't even able to recognize. But thank you for sharing your experience.Have a nice day ahead. Take care.
17 Jun 11
hello amit am glad to know that my discussion has created awareness among some of us. well i do lot of online shopping but has nevewr tried to sell anything in ebay or any other site. This was my first time and (LOL) it was bad...
• India
20 Jun 11
hello.. thanks for your response.. you said you are doing lot of online shopping.. where are you residing?.. and if you are doing lot of online shopping are you satisfied with quality of products?.. because I did online shopping once and I was am not satisfied with quality of product.so I decided not to shop online.
23 Jun 11
well i look product in internet and i buy electronics mainly from main store which i know from city centre cause i can always return it if i am not happy.
@ramp123 (191)
• India
16 Jun 11
There are any number of these scams coming out of Nigeria. Fake payments, fake cheques, shipping scams, stolen credit cards, stolen id's and account details, lottery scams, you name it, they do it. Recently, I got a mail saying I won $ 500000 in a Toyota lottery. How can one win a lottery without buying a ticket. Just for fun, I wrote to them, giving my phone number (and nothing else), and then they send a mail wanting me to pay $ 1000 for processing charges. That's where the scam begins. I've seen a few before, so I did not fall for it, but unfortunately, many people do!
17 Jun 11
yea ramp123 i did used to get lot of those fake scam junk mails in hotmail. i wonder how they get our email O_O?
• United States
16 Jun 11
I've had similar things happen to me on Ebay. I'd be trying to sell something and someone would hit the buy now option and the money would be sent to my pay pal. So I'd go out and buy the boxes and everything to send and then I would get an email from Paypal saying that it wasn't a "valid" transfer or something of the nature. It's really stupid, I think there should be an easier way to tell.
17 Jun 11
hello youaremylush i my case, i did not got email form paypal, they made and send fake mail looked like from paypal. that was when i knew it was scam. I once read in some forum that in paypal for buyers protection, if buyer make some kind of report or something they would get their money back and seller would not get the payment. i don't know what will happen to goods then .....
@tina256 (190)
• China
16 Jun 11
i used to heard about that Nigerian scam ,fool people constantly . i dont know excatly what situation of this country ,this is a kind of appearance from more years ago .is this country so poor ? is this country have special skills to fool people money around the world . it is so funny . could this stuff be solved in the near future ?i hope the answer is for sure .
17 Jun 11
hello tina i do not knoe about the country and its situation but i did used top get lots of junk mail from african countries, sending picture of girls and telling they have money in bank, or they work for some country's government office and have vital information. it is some way funny but appealing as well.