As of this writing, I am a first-time seller. I recently put my engagement ring on eBay as I (obviously) had no more use of it! After putting it on, I recieved a buyer... I then received an E-Mail from 'PayPal' asking me to give them the shipping number. Being a first time seller I wasn't going to question PayPal. So, my boyfriend and I went to the postoffice and paid to get the item shipped. Returning home I checked the E-Mail again, I had recieved one from eBay saying the buyers account had been 'reactivated'. I was suspicious and surprisingly... It was the grammar that caught this bogus buyer out! I'm an english teacher in training so I found it very apt!
I ran back to the post office and got my ring and informed PayPal and eBay of the activities. I then received an E-Mail saying that lildevilkitty666 had been reported for being a bogus buyer! I laughed, heartily and re-informed eBay I was the one who shopped the buyer 'edinburg20_62' was the bogus buyer! (For everyones reference). The E-Mail address of the E-Mails I received was '...@emailaccount.com'
My advice to first time sellers:
Always check the E-Mail address of any PayPal or eBay correspondance.
Do not give the shipping number to PayPal, they will never ask for it.
Do not click any links in an E-Mail you deem 'bogus'.
If you're ever in doubt, inform eBay/PayPal.
Use 'Buyer Preferences' to limit who can bid for your item.
All this information is in the eBay/Paypal site. I only seen it when this happened to me, so don't get caught out! I'm lucky to be a naturally suspicious person, as is my boyfriend. Other people might not be so lucky, I can assure you these E-Mails look very genuine.
These people ruined my first time selling experience, I can assure you. I did however relist my item to hopefully get a different impression of eBay.You know what they say though, first impressions and all that!