I recently made a listing on eBay with a Buy it Now price plus an auction starting price.
I was surprised to find that the item sold in 1 day at the Buy It Now price to an address in Germany. This ended the auction.
I found that the buyer had no feedback record and had registered with eBay on that very day. The buyer asked me to deliver to "her son" in Nigeria. This sounded an alarm which was confirmed when I got a message from PayPal to say that payment had been made. The payment did not appear on my Paypal account. This fake PayPal message said that my account would not be credited until I had despatched the item with a tracking code. This is simply not true. The payment should show on your account as "pending" until the buyer leaves feedback. In addition the message was full of spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes.
But the buyer really let himself down by sending the fake Paypal email to my eBay address whereas I have a different email address for use with PayPal.
Fortunately I caught this one in time and only suffered a delay in selling my item.
My advice to anyone selling on eBay is:
1. Check your PayPal account before sending the item.
2. Deal with PayPal using a separate email address.
3. Check your PayPal messages for illiterate errors.
Spoof PayPal payment notices and scams
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27 August 2008
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