Online sellers stung by scammers spoofing PayPal brand

Selling your used stuff online has become commonplace. So have scams taking advantage of the good names of reputable online companies. At the FTC, we’ve heard from people stung by scammers spoofing PayPal. The scam generally goes like this: You post a high-value item, like a used car, for sale online. In no time at all, you get an email from a buyer willing to pay full price — or more! But he sets conditions; he is only willing to pay by PayPal or insists the sale must happen right away. What’s really going on? A ruse to steal your personal information, money or merchandise.

Here are some suspicious situations to look for and steps to safe selling online:

Scenario One: The buyer claims he can only pay via PayPal. Don’t have a PayPal account? No problem, he says. He’ll send you an email with a link so you can set one up.

What should you do? Don’t take the bait. The link will send you to a website masquerading as PayPal. Any information you enter will be collected by the bogus buyer, and may be used to commit fraud. If you need to set up an account, go directly to

Scenario Two: “Check your email!” The buyer claims he has sent payment to your PayPal account with additional funds so you can ship the merchandise ASAP, but oops, he sent too much money. He asks you to return the extra money via a money wiring service. It’s all a lie, including the extra money the buyer says he included.

What should you do? Log into your PayPal account. Make sure you’ve been paid before you ship. Never follow links in emails from people you don’t know. The safest approach is to open a browser window, navigate to, and log in yourself. Also, if the buyer claims to have sent extra money, and asks for some back, that’s a big red flag.

Scenario Three: The buyer sends you real money through a real PayPal account, and you ship him the car. Problem is, the PayPal account belongs to someone else! You might need to return the money even though the scammer has your wheels.

What now? Contact PayPal and ask them to open an investigation. The company offers seller protections so you aren’t liable for unauthorized transactions. Also file a complaint with the FTC and your local police department.

Learn how to recognize and avoid common online scams. And contact PayPal at if you’ve been stung by a PayPal spoof. The company wants to hear from you.

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Please send this to all paypal users. Thanks Regards

A woman wants to buy my ring on She asks how I want to be paid, i say PayPal. Then she says the money has been sent. I get an email from PayPal but it's a fraudulent site saying the amount plus an extra amount for registered post in pending and will be transferred to my account on proof of dispatching the ring. When I go to my PayPal account, there is no money pending. Be careful.

""Alright. My name is Greenblatt Joseph and am okay with its conditions and i'm buying this for someone very dear to me as a gift and i don't want him to know about it, am not in town at the moment because am in the Army and i am E-4, So can you assure me i will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I have a mover that will come for pickup once payment clears first. Do you have a PayPal account ?"
From.. +1 (970) 601-0123

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I AM SELLING A LAPTOP AND JUST GOT THIS MESSAGE, SO GUYS BE CAREFUL! - Thanks for getting back i want you to understand that am buying the item as a birthday gift for my Friend who was recently transferred to England due to the nature of his work and i will want you to help me post it to England through Posta Romana EMS Courier because am presently on business trip outside of Romania and i will pay 2100RON for the item and shipment to London and am willing to make the payment through Bank Transfer/Paypal... Let me know if you are okay with my proposal... 14:07

Pay Pal are issuing Pay Pal accounts without verifying the true identity of the person who is requesting the account. My checking account got debited by Pay Pal and I do not have a Pay Pal account. Pay Pal issued a Pay Pal account to someone with only routing and checking account number and did not verify that the name and address matched the account.

My question to FTC, why is this allowed by law?

After much searching I was able to contact Pay Pal by phone. They told me the name of the person but will not give me anymore information even after I gave them my bank account information and got by account blocked. It is my banking account. Why I am being denied the fraudulent person’s address, phone number that was used being the name in no way matched my name that is on the account? I have never used Pay Pal. It seems the criminal has rights and I have none.

FTC, there is serious problems with the financial systems in this country and I guess the world when it is solely the responsibility of the individual when his or her identity is hacked or stolen to issue credit accounts without the issuing institution not truly taking steps to very the true identity of the requester.
Even through after much jumping through hoops, waste of time and resources the funds are put back into the hacked account it cost all customers of this country with higher prices on products and services as the financial institutions pass it on to the merchants who then pass it onto the customer.

Readers of this comment post contact your Congressman about this serious flaw in our financial system of issuing credit with true verification of the requester as it is costing you and all of us with higher prices for products and services.

Thank you for time.

I receive a text from +1 1 631-904-8854 wanting to buy car unseen for asking price but can only pay through PAYPAL, do I have an account? Told them NO, this is a SCAM. Be aware of this phone number. Take care all. :]

Lady contacted me for a bedroom set I am selling. Wanted to pay by PayPal. Then she said the persons that would be picking up the furniture will only accept wire transfer and she would include this money with the money for the furniture and then I could send $350.00 dollars to her "pickers" as she called them. I replied with a "this is not going to happen" and this is a cash only transaction.

PayPal account rip offs to my account which I don't have you charged my care credit cad 100 dollars I am calling them and canceling the charge it was not approved by me

Got text from "Gloria Kendall" 631-855-7860 saying she wanted to buy my car, full asking price, sight unseen, but can only use Paypal. Replied "no"...only selling in person with cash verified real at bank.

First, I thought paypal was the safest way to I wonder as I am thinking of seeling things online with paypal.

I got a job offer to drive a woman after she landed at our local airport for 6 week. I was suppose to cash a certified check wait for it to clear and then take my wage out and go rent a car with the rest. I never got the certified check and just want people to know that the craigslist "drivers needed" is a scam and wastes a lot of your time.

recently i have been receiving notices from (paypal), saying that my accont has recently beeen frozen or limited. i have never had a paypal account in my life. They sent me mobs of messages saying same thing.

This could be an attempt to steal your personal information, money or merchandise. You can contact PayPal at about the emails.

First I get a text message from 848-228-5475 asking if my 2009 chevy cobalt ss still for sale? if yes kindly at my email {rustin2424 } because we are not allow to do phone call only email at the military.
CLUE 1: you missed a word CLUE 2: what military base does not allow phone calls?

So I emailed him back saying yes it was still for sale and that I did not have a paypal account. He or she insisted that it was 100% free and that was the only way he or she could send money. So I asked some more random emails like what base you from? No reply. Mind you I have been in the army for 7 years. I know this is 100% a scam.

So here is the email he sent... Email from rustin Rustin Arthur to me
Im just asking about it to make sure its in good condition, so can you assure me i will not be disappointed? also no shipment involved as i have a mover that will come for it. Im okay with the price and condition , I can only pay you via one of the fastest and secure way to pay online (PayPal).. Do You Have A Verified PayPal account? Let me know asap so i can arrange the payment through PayPal. my shipper will be coming to pick it up as soon as the payment clears into your account.
I went along for a while to see what he or she would do, he or she never responded again. I knew it was a scam. Be careful Paypal is not secure as you think

Yep . . . this exact same thing just came up with me on a van I advertised locally and yet got the same red flag replys from Virginia as you did . . . EXACTLY the same . . . . . thanks for the heads up though even as I was feeling something not right here, I am not versed in online sales let alone Paypal and was thinking that Paypal was a guarantee.

Same thing just happened to me, and that is why I goggled this. Thank you

OMG, thank you for posting this...this is ALMOST word for word what happened to me today trying to sell my vehicle via craigslist. Person in military, cannot do phone calls, sign up for paypal right now, I will pay right away, someone else will pick it up, trust me...BLAH BLAH. THANK YOU THANK YOU

Just had two guys trying the same scam on me. Posted a motorcycle on craigs list. First said he was off shore had to use pay pal and wanted it for his son. Second was almost the same exact text only he wanted it for his dad. Well I promptly informed him I was a federal agent with homeland security and that if wanted any further info to let me know. Never heard from either of them again

Same thing here, on a military base, can only use email and pay via paypal. He sounded very nice, buying my motorcycle for his brother and all. Very fishy, wanted to by it sight unseen.....

This is exactly what happened to me today. They used the exact same words, and saying somebody is going to come to pick up the car i am selling. Even worse, they stole an identity, I googled the name they gave me and it's Major General James R          even used his picture in the email profile. Be advised!

Same scenario here with me about a Car I am selling on a Internet classifieds. The caller used all the same PayPal account biz

When I told him I was familiar with PayPal but I don't think that we could do any business. I'm in Arkansas and the "Buyer is a text message linked to a phone number in Erie, PA. I thought to myself that it was more than illogical to buy a car down South.

I know that there are plenty of used cars for sale in the Erie area. Phone number 8 14 651 8299. SELLER BEWARE!

That's the exact wording I just received from a potential "buyer" within an hour after I posted ad for my motorcycle from a jardsonmike858 Now I know it is definitely a scam. Thanks for posting your experience.

i got a response from the same email
told me will wire money through paypal and will send someone to pick car up
im glad i did research before i responded

Will Wallace of the army is trying that with me as we speak. Just read his email 5 minutes ago.

I just had a similar message from 1 901 779 5998 from Sgt Wayne,,,,,Hello my name is Sgt Wayne, I'm just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as im buying it for my Son as a   
Birthday Surprise gift and doesn't know about it, So can you assure me i will not be disappointed? Also no shipment   
involved as i have a mover that will come for it. Im okay with the price and condition, I can only pay you via one of the  
fastest and secure way to pay online (PayPal).. Do you have a PayPal account? Let me know asap so i can arrange the   
payment through PayPal. my shipper will be coming to pick it up as soon as the payment clears into your account...Thanks.
More get back to me with the

2:your paypal email address and name
3:phone #
4:Firm price.....Thanks.

I am trying to sell a flute and received an email almost to the T like you got saying the same about PayPal and that someone would pick the item up after confirmation of payment had been made. Sooooo glad I read your post on here. Thank you for the info and for your service.

This was a supposedly Sgt. in the marines...i was a military personnel and i seen several issues with this message lol & before hand they texted me from a cell phone saying they are not allowed to use cell phones. He is a NCO why is he not allowed to use a cellphone?

haha but just almost got caught by this i requested for him to sign a contract and for me to get it notarized byto legally bind him to follow the instructions to receive the vehicle since he couldnt come in person with the money and he was on a military installation. all he had to do was sign a piece of paper with his signature to receive the vehicle so i could show the MP's on the base since i no longer have the security clearance to go on a marine installation and to verify he was stationed there.

Thank you for getting back to me.Can you assure me that it is in good state and that i will not be disappointed with it i read the conditions as stated on the advert,and I'd like to have a proper look of it, but I may not be able to come for inspection and pay you by cash due to the nature of my job and current location , the issue is I'm with the US Marine and I'm not in my own state now I'm at the Military Corps Base Quantico, Virginia and use of mobile phone is not allowed at the military base . But I'm able to access my email anytime as we do make use of laptop so my only and quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime.Since I'm requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal I'm willing to pay what is good for you Thx

Just received a message from a Sgt Cedric Martin Matthews with the exact wording!! People are unreal! It smelled fishy and hats how I can across this post looking to see if it was a scam. Thanks for sharing

Just got today the same message. He is a scammer red flag!!!

Just got the very same message when trying to sell my car on CL. First texted me and gave email address then responded verbatim the text above - same scammer.

just got the same email from Cedric Martin matthew at cedricmartin.usmarine wanting to buy my car just listed on craigs list. Must be a great time of year for people like this. Blocked him from my email account.

EXACT SAME MESSAGE AND M.O. TODAY Sgt Cedric Martin Cedric Martin 804-368-6193 SCAM ALERT

EXACT same happened to me today. Same person, exact same text. I asked for a copy of military ID. He tried responding and by giving me this info: Sergeant Cedric Martin Matthew DOD: RA-3-xxxxxxxx battalion: 2nd battalion,12th infantry Unit: Combat Unit AKO Number: 24xxxx Rank Staff Sergeant (Sgt) MOS: (E-6) Was a Marine spouse for many years. No was was legit. Scumbag!

Same Rustin email tried to scam me. His English language sounded suspicious. I asked him what military base. No response.

I have a friend who is selling a table and chairs. She is using pay pal. The buyer wants my friend to send 395 dollars for pickup through pay pal. Says 500 dolars (price of table and chairs plus yhe 395 will be put in my friends pay pal account. My question is why does my friend need to pay the 395 first. Dounds like a scam how can we check if this is a scam or not

It could be a scam.  Why should a seller need to send money?

Watch out for anyone who sends email to try to make you believe they put money in your account.  Don't click on any links in the email. It might go to a fake site that makes it look like you got paid. Check your account yourself.  Go to the website you know and sign into your account.

got a text message from 702.246.4645 wanting to buy my motorcycle via PayPal just like the above messages. Wanted to buy it immediately..ain't happening. Looks like another scam....

2 July 2015; I responded to an ad for a 2006 Wilderness Travel Trailer on Craigslist Florida, and there is a scammer using the name and title of Staff Sargeant Brianna Willson who will only accept a transaction through ebay but the item is not for sale on ebay. Additionally, she claims she has to transfer by 15 July, and can use a Military Cargo Flight to ship the RV anywhere at no cost in 2-3 days. I'm retired military and that's a load of B.S., but someone else might not recognize that.

Please report this to the FTC at Blog comments don't go into the database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I posted an ad last night to sell my motorcycle and have already received two scams, one over text asking to buy the bike unseen for asking price and one that started on text and went to email that read just like a lot of the posts on this thread. This all happened within 12 hours.

This same thing happened to me when I posted my car on Craigslist to sell two days ago. The phone number was 918-884-6335 and she asked me to kindly reply via email sharoniramosa Wanted to buy the car without seeing it as a gift for her sister and could not come see it due to the nature of her work and she would send her shippers to pick up the car. Asked me for my paypal account over and over again despite my many follow up questions. I'm so glad I found this thread to help me know for sure it was scam.

Do not sell anything sight unseen!! And only accept cash or cashier's check in person.

Can just sending someone your PayPal email address get you in trouble. Selling furniture and they want my PP email address to pay. The have not asked me for any money which I would obviously not pay to them!

I'm in communication right now with someone who claims to be ready to send money to buy my motorcycle unseen. They want my PayPal email address. I have asked for full verifiable contact information. They have refused to talk on the phone because they are at work.

I'm getting text from a odd number wanting to buy my fourwheeler unseen for asking price and pay only PayPal cause she said she's not local told her I could do money order she said only paypal and a delivery company would arrive the next day to pick it up

Reported 925-238-7778 to the FTC for this scam.

6612821772 2342810903 these two numbers !!! Never respond them. They tryied to buy my iphone using pay pall. The first number said she can give me 800$ instead 550$ fpr the phone. SCAM

219-803-1712 is another scammers phone number. Beware.

Just got a text from someone in Virginia wanting to buy my advertised van. I life in Pa and was pretty suspicious as I have only advertised locally . . . All the red flags are there . . . Paypal is the only way they can go . . . Help with setting me up an account . . . the hurry up lets do this thing . . . Yeah, right . . Was suspicious right off but thought that Paypal was a safe admin . . . Thank you all for showing me my instincts were right on.

Here is similar response from a possible scammer (Note: local San Francisco company, but Columbus, Ohio telephone#):

Alright then are you a verified PayPal member if not you can setup one at it is 100% free and secured so i can make the transfer to you..

< ... bogus name ... > Managing Director Chen Design Associates Call or Text (614) 515-5352

Similar messages from 435 562 212, this is a scam number.

I received messages from 978 434 2576Sgt Paul Trim and 508 233 8350 no name given and 832 478 7476 no name given and 727 877 4595 Nelda Wallace.All were responding to my ad on RVTRADER to sell my motorhome. Each one claimed to be at sea either in the military or on an oil rig and could only pay using PayPal. I refused to use PayPal for payment and have not heard back from any of them

832-478-7476 just texted me about my motorcycle as well, leading off by asking for my lowest price. *smh*

I just had the very same # call me and ask to send funds for a motorcycle I listed today.

I've been texting a scammer back and forth all morning. (Not much to do right now haha). He is following the same process as all scammers. Wants only PayPal and has a private shipper to pick up my motorcycle. Legit buyers will always let you talk to them and will want to see what they are purchasing. This clown says his personal shipper will pick up the bike. Sure you will. Folks, never give your PayPal address and never click on a link in an email that asks for such information. When I told him I was a police officer (ok,I lied) he stopped communicating. Imagine that.

Phone numbers are easily changed but the con is generally the same. Listed a truck last month and he had to pay through paypaland have an associate pick it up ... full price, sight unseen. Today listed an RV, Told the scammer I only use cash, he claimed to be a diabled, deaf, VET and couldn't do it any other way but would pay full price, same as most in this string. JUST BE CAREFUL!

Same deal. My motorhome on Craigslist. They will NOT SPEAK TO YOU because their English is lousy. Military. Pick up by "AGENT". They can only use PayPal. And BEWARE of cashier's checks too. Very often a worthless forgery. The credit to your bank account will eventually be reversed. Ouch. Phone # used was 320-348-7755

Received this. Have never used Pay Pal. Parcel is handed over to us to be delivered to you through FashioMia Company. But, the government regulatory fee isn charged as it is an international delivery. Kindly use the link to update the processing of $3 payment via Paypal, delivery status will be updated and we can mail to you the arrival time and date. 3 Thanks, Await your swift reply, we need to make delivery to your address this is an urgent request kindly comply immediately. Mr. Chau Lee Shipment Department You can get connected between 0-3mins +1917-933-1275

Yesterday I posted a tractor for sale on Craig's list for a substantial amount of money and within the first hour I received several hits from 646 439 3116 & 562 270 2694.
Stating all the same things as everyone else has posted on here. That they are very interested and serious about purchasing my listed item but one is in the military and doesn't have access to his/her online bank account but can purchase threw PayPal as its tied to their account. Both wanted to buy the item right then and there without seeing the vehicle and would arrange for pick up once the money was in my account. I never even heard of PayPal but Both insisted I get an account with PayPal and assured me that it was safe and secure. Also that it was the only way they would conduct a transaction. I almost bought into it but was a bit suspicious on the rush for such a large transaction which made me do some research only to find out that it is very likely a scam. Everything was pretty much word for word with the rest of the above comments

I got a scam email tonight from carlosthomas959

Thanks for your response, I am sorry I am not available to view due to the nature of my job, I am in the United States Army and serve as a CBRN Specialist (74D). I want to buy this for future use. I am currently deployed wont be back till March. We are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. I am OK with your asking price and if you don't mind, I can only pay through PayPal at the moment because its the most secure way to make or receive payment online this is why I'll prefer using PayPal to pay you, all I need is your PayPal email to make the payment and if you don't have a PayPal account, its pretty easy to set up at paypal

I also have a few questions for you. Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?and last asking price? I hope you consider my offer. I am ready to buy, so you can take the add off Craigslist. I'll have a courier person come for pick up and storage after I make payment and money is in your hand. Thanks for understanding, hope to read from you soon.

another attempt made from (614)699-2634, appears scam. Better to be safe than sorry.

Add 513-666- 6723 to the list of scam phone numbers.

Watch out for charges from PAYPAL* 402-935-7733 CA. The phone is actually a Paypal line, but the business doesn't exist. I caught four charges from them in the past two months. All were fake. My Paypal account showed no activity. Credit card was closed and replaced with a new one. Within a WEEK, fraudulent charges appeared on new card.

Be careful of (561)203-1357 says name is Frank Bruce. I'm sure these are throw away phones. Same story to the "t" as many of the above. Wanted to buy our RV for $75,000. Only wanted to use paypal. Sent the link to paypal. I never opened. I wish these scammers would use their creativity to get a job.

Just listed a car for sale on Craigslist and immediately got this email as well as a text message...too good to be true - Glad I checked these previous posts.

Thomas Douglas 1:30 AM (8 hours ago) to me Thanks for your response, I am sorry I am not available to view due to the nature of my job, I am in the United States Army and serve as a CBRN Specialist (74D). I want to buy this for future use. I am currently deployed wont be back till June. We are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. I am OK with your asking price and if you don't mind, I can only pay through PayPal at the moment because its the most secure way to make or receive payment online this is why I'll prefer using PayPal to pay you, all I need is your PayPal email to make the payment and if you don't have a PayPal account, its pretty easy to set up at www.         I also have a few questions for you. Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?and last asking price? I hope you consider my offer. I am ready to buy, so you can take the add off Craigslist. I'll have a courier person come for pick up and storage after I make payment and money is in your hand. Thanks for understanding, hope to read from you soon.

Add to the list Lauren Smith Phone Number 646 598 7569. Contacted me about my motorcycle I posted on craigslist with the same bogus story everybody else is reporting.

The following two people (email addresses below) asked me to sell via PayPal, sent links to set up PayPal accounts, and said they'd send someone (an "agent") to pick up my item for sale:

Am pretty sure these were scam attempts. Am selling a Gibson electric guitar for Over $2k. Thx, Anon Sent from my iPhone

Have received three phone text messages much like those above in response to a piano I have listed for sale in a local classified ad. I recognized these as a scam and did not respond. Here are two of the scam phone numbers - 240-720-2547 / 520-500-0876. Take care, always verify.

First this came form the phone number 503 300 0532: :

Woodway Treadmill - $3350 (Apple Valley) Hi my name is Samantha Young! If you still have this for sale, kindly send an email to( )he's the one interest in it asap

Then an email just like the one above but different first name and email.

Thanks for your response, I am sorry I am not available to view due to the nature of my job, I am in the United States Army and serve as a CBRN Specialist (74D). I want to buy this for future use. I am currently deployed wont be back till June. We are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. I am OK with your asking price and if you don't mind, I can only pay through PayPal at the moment because its the most secure way to make or receive payment online

this is why I'll prefer using PayPal to pay you, all I need is your PayPal email to make the payment and if you don't have a PayPal account, its pretty easy to set up at paypal.. I also have a few questions for you. Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?and last asking price? I hope you consider my offer. I am ready to buy, so you can take the add off Craigslist. I'll have a courier person come for pick up and storage after I make payment and money is in your hand. Thanks for understanding, hope to read from you soon. Total scam.

Add 808-800-5879. Same story.

It seems the "so I'm not disappointed" line is common amongst these scammers. Put an add on Craigslist selling a car and not more then half an hour later I get a text from 1-978-254-0992 (which they didn't even turn off the signature saying it is a TextFree app number) asking if it was still for sale and to email them back at monantony0

I told them yes and they emailed back saying I hope it is in good condition so they will not be disappointed and they are buying it for their son but they are an ocean engineer and can only talk via email. They are willing to pay the full asking price but can only use "paypal" due to the fact they cant access their bank while on the boat. (but they can access paypal?? please.)

I can sign up for free and blah blah blah... I knew it was a scam the first text they sent but did a little searching and found this awesome page. If its too good to be true you already know its not true.

I posted an ad for selling my car on and i have someone who is wanting to buy my car for my asking price. He says he has sent me the money via PayPal, which is not the case. He has sent me a mail on my gmail account which sits in my spam folder and resembles like a paypal mail. The scammer wants me to pay $1850 thru moneygram to someone to come and pick my car up. I have flagged it to Paypal, asked them to close my PayPal account. And also called my county's sheriff's office. Funnily, they won't do anything unless i get cheated first. Beware of Brandon Hoyt and his number is 908-652-3227.

I just received a text from #978-238-0593. His name is Sebastian. Offering to buy my Harley immediately. but can only pay thru PayPal. Cause he is currently stationed at Hascom Air Force base in Bedford Mass. "I'm in Ga". He has a mover ready to come pick it up.Ok with condition. I replied, have mover bring cash. Never heard from "Sebastian" again! SCAM! Beware of this number.

Wow Steve I just got a text from the same number saying the exact same thing. Interesting. Funny thing is I'm actually in the Air Force so it pisses me off that he's impersonating a service member. I used a reverse lookup and found his location and reported it to the local PD. Maybe they can have some fun with him.

Happened just now 9782380593 wanted to buy my generator for $1300, easiest sell, i offered to deliver and pick up cash as he was in an airforce base in Hanscom MA and he rejected because he wanted to use paypal and have Uhal pick it up. but as he was making money transfer through pay pall, i was searching about scams and i found this here... i told him to cancell transfer or else i'd send money back but not giving item.. i told him id deliver it my self where ever and pick up cash because i didnt trust the transaction as i asked for 1300 and he sent 750 dollars extra for idk what reason! He wont answer back. I almost lost $1300 and a generator

same scammer from (978) 238-0593 - same approach, fortunately this person is leaving a trail all over the internet, so he wasn't hard to spot

got a couple from people saying they wanted to buy my guitar... numbers are 7373008123, and 5183131253. the first was someone who wanted to mail me a cashier's check and come to my place to pick it up; second said they were a deployed marine.

Wow, this is incredible!! I just received the following after having ad up for a few hours. All communication stopped once I said cash only..

First of all, I'm Coleen Williams. United States Navy (USN), stationed at Naval Support Activity Mechanics-burg, Also a contractor on the civilian side, I would have prefer calling or receiving your call but presently not in state, Got deployed to command a classified situation which obstruct all communication access except the station network.

So let’s get back to business! Well, I'm purchasing the bike for my lovely brother as a birthday gift and he's not aware of this because i am making it as a surprise for him. Ready to make an instant purchase from you So can you assure me that i won't be disappointed buying this from you?

Also, I do have a few questions would love to ask about it. Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and why are you selling it? Does it has any mechanical issues? How many miles does it has? Can you send me more pictures or a short video? What's your firm price? Do you have a verified account with PayPal? Do you have any offer's yet? Looking forward to read back from you and I hope you can respond and answer my questions appropriately in your next E-mail?

Pleased meeting you and I do appreciate the way you answered my questions!. I'm satisfied with it's condition and the price,I believe i wont be disappointed. I want you to know am serious in purchasing it and am sure he's gonna love and enjoy it more than you did. Well it a very good idea to see what am buying my self but am a very busy type i have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment and sign all necessary documents transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the hauler agent on my behalf also i would love to assure you that the bike wont leave your side until the money is in your account and clears i will be patient with you as am an honest woman and a wonman of my word so once all this is done then we can now both schedule the pickup time and date.

I would have loved to send the pick up agent with the cash or cashier check but they don't deal with cash transaction between buyer and seller and i want you to know that PayPal is the best online payment and they protect their customer the both seller and buyer. My mode of payment is PayPal because i don't have access to my bank account online, but i have it attached to my PayPal account. Since I'm requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, I will be responsible for all the PayPal fees/charges on this transaction, if you don’t have an account with PayPal, it’s pretty easy, safe and secure to open one. Just log on to.paypal. I hope we can make this transaction as fast as possible.

As I look forward hearing from you with your PayPal information as requested below. Your PayPal e-Mail Address : PayPal Account User Name: Home Address/ Pickup location Info: Cell Phone#: I am ready to purchase the bike, so you can take the add off Craigslist. Waiting your mail respond! Warmest regards.

Same scam basically. Posted a motorcycle on Craigs list got two responses. First one said that they were off shore and wanted it for his son had to pay by pay pal etc etc. Second was a day later only difference was he wanted it for his Both would send money via paypal and send a courier to pick it up. Told them I was a Federal agent for Homeland Security and would look into this and if they needed any further info let me know...never heard from either one again..imagine that :)

Got a text from 503 902 7554. He has only asked me if I have pay pal. He has not asked to see what I am selling.

got text from 432 652 0593, email sammydaniel380 . Wanted to buy my RV at asking price, and pay using paypal, would have someone pick it up. I told him that I was only dealing with certified check, money order or cash. I suggested that he pay his shipper via paypal and the shipper can pay me when he picks op the RV.
he said that the shipper would not deal with paypal. Said that due to the "nature" of his business he doesn't have access to his banking account. Asked him what the "nature" of his business is, said he was a "road contractor" and asked me what I did. I said law enforcement (lie) and asked where he was currently located that he did not have bank access. No reply. A google search showed that the number was registered to a land line in Midland, TX.
Many thanks to this thread.

Please add 201-942-1436 to the list. Text about a dresser, and "Harrison" said he would have movers pick it up. The whole "please assure me I won't be disappointed" thing is weird to me, but sure enough he used that same line. Ended up telling him to move on to another target, I'm not interested anymore.

Add 321-270-5160 to your list of SCAMMERS. I just put my BMW Wheels & Tires on CL and got an immediate response by TEXT wanting to know if they are still available....I replied "Available" They replied that they were okay with present condition and your last asking price and I cant come for inspection do to long distance. I have a private shipping that will come for pickup. The easiest way transfer safely online is via PAYPAL cause it protect both buyer and seller! Let me know if you have an account. I then asked were are you located and they said ORLANDO. I said I have a home in FL, what part of FL.....NO ANSWER

Scumbag alert phone number 312 279 5160. Trying to get my paypal account to send me $5000 for a snowmobile sight unseen. Has a 'shipping company' who will get it. I tell him i have a vendors account and can easily send an invoice, just send me your PP address and i will send it right out. When it is paid he can send whoever he wants. Shockingly he ignores this and asks AGAIN for my paypal lol. What an idiot. Scumbag will not even answer when i tell him i know what he is up to. Nothing, nada! So much for paypal being a safe way to do business! Do NOT send this person any info!

OK, similar scam here in Utah with Classifieds. Listed a car for sale some time ago, got the "is your car still for sale" text from 972-842-7909 someone identified as "Larry Buck from Rock-wall County Texas" claiming he just had "Thyroid surgery yesterday and I'm just trying to get much better so my text might be slow"

Then the "Can you assure me that i won't be disappointed with it because i will pay you today and have a shipping company visit you for the pickup as soon as you receive the money" text comes next.
Then I attempted to call and went through a series of sketchy unanswered calls, calls that they answered but couldn't hear me, etc, etc. Then a call from them that was a terrible connection, underwater, only a few words came through and finally a text after all that that "let's text,as I told you I'm sick BS.
Finally a "Okay good, Do you have a PayPal Account for the payment? i will pay you right now and also make arrangement with a shipping company who will be coming..." Etc... He finally went away after I requested cash from the shipping company at pick up and finally told him to stuff it after no reply and to get a real job...Hope this helps

Also just got contacted by 972-842-7909, same comments as other one. Automated phone SMS spam, they want paypal addresses. They're likely going to send fake emails saying you received money via paypal, they want you to login to get your money, but you'd go to a fake site, they steal your user/pass and them they send your money out of your account. That's what they're doing.

"I’m interested in your posted for selling your car"

"Ok Thanks. I just had a typhoid surgery yesterday and i am just trying to get much better so my text might be slow. I am interested in it. How long have you owned it?"

"Okay great. Can you assure me that i wont be disappointed with it because i will pay you today and have a shipping company visit you for the pickup as soon as you receive the money."

"Okay good, Do you have a PayPal Account for the payment? i will pay you right now and also make arrangement with a shipping company who will be coming to pick it up after you must have gotten the money."

Says they type slow, it's a freakin bot and then a human tries to respond and scams you once you tell it anything other than a paypal email address

Add to the list: (915) 308-5743. Listed 2 iPhones on Craig's list they wanted to use PayPal only. Kept asking for me email address. They offered more than what I was asking. Said they couldn't get away to meet me b/c of their job.

Add any number from (720) 502-#### Those are all numbers from INDIA. Same crap, I'm buying for my dad. Payment option will be managed by paypal.
Always do a google search for the phone number. I told them I want cash in person. Never heard from them again.

Add this number to the scam inventory: 740-743-8448. No name given but essentially the same scenario. Once I responded NO PAYPAL and asked for certified funds in person, never heard back again.

Thanks to this blog, I asked what time my husband could call and speak to them. Answer: "I won't be able to ring out or receive any call till i get of from duty post 3d week of next month. Really? You said you were stationed in Nebraska? Add 402-268-0683 which is evidently a large wooded parcel of land somewhere in NE. Crap.

We received another inquiry paying by cashier check and will wait to schedule pickup. Signed Alex 1-385-275-9110

What ended up happening with this pick up? Did it happen? He is inquiring about something we are selling and sent a Cashier's Check.

Same thing is happening to me right now in southern California. Same number, same name, same cashier check for Craigslist purchase.

I JUST RECEIVED THIS TEXT MESSAGE AT 6AM FROM THIS CELL NUMBER : (309)4991322....ANTIQUE CHINA CABINET - $500 Ok.I will pay you via Paypal as i don't have access to come pay cash due to work and i will have my shipper come pick it up. I can't get cash across to my shipper directly and they don't use paypal,so i will add extra money to the payment for the shipper so that you can pay my shipper cash on my behalf. Send me your paypal info for payment so we can proceed.

Got a text from 324-305-4214 minutes after posting ad yesterday on Craigslist asking if item was still available and to reply to anniesheffy@          . So I did. Got a text back this morning from 705-415-9714 with exactly the same wording you posted here. Responded I wouldn't do that. Scammers will have you send back the "mistaken" overpayment for the "shipper" which never ended up in your PayPal acct anyway. Plus they have your acct info to use. Craigslist tells us to do business face to face with cash (certified checks can be no good but banks will cash them coming after you for payment.)

just got text from 404-448 2497 from SammyDaniel380 and he is also asking for my paypal email id ...I sent him my Payme link and he wont use this .. I will go ahead and assume he is a scammer.

just put an advert in MCN for my Triumph and had an instant offer of full asking price via pay pal.I said it must be via direct payment only staight into my bank. lets see if i get a reply!

Posted some land for sale. They started the PayPal scam, but what really got me was that they would send their shipper to pick it up!

1 hour after posting truck for sale on craigslist I rec'd text wanting to buy it, as is and right away , today via Paypal and will send someone to pick it up. Yeah Right !!. If it sounds to good to be true it typically is. Thanks for all the prior post , just confirmed my thoughts

ADVERTISED CAR FOR "FREE" ON "ONLINE CARS. COM" THEY REQUIRE AND POST PHONE NUMBER TO "PREVENT SCAMS" BUT A FEW HOURS AFTER POSTING THE ADD I GET A TEXT ASKING THE TYPICAL MORONIC MAROON QUESTION " IS IT STILL AVAILABLE ?" ANSWERED YES. THEN TEXT ASKING ME HOW LONG IVE BEEN DRIVING IT RELIED SEVERAL YEARS THEN GOT THE FOLLOWING TEXT " I would have Loved to come in person to Pay You an Upfront Cash Payment or check, but i am presently not within reach and I would Urge You to Understand that PayPal is all I have got Left for this Transaction.I have all my money in my paypal account and I also have my bank account details attached to my paypal account, this is why i insisted on using paypal to pay you. " STARTED TO SOUND SUSPICIOUS SIGHT UNSEEN FULL PRICE SO ASKED HIM TO SEND THEIR PAY PAL ADDRESS HE SENT IT ( A G MAIL ADDRESS WITH ENDING IN A NUMBER. THE HIGHEST FORM OF ALARM FOR ME AS IVE HAD PREVIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THIS TYPE OF EMAIL.

Same spam related to purchase of an auto part for sale from a Craigslist post I did two days ago. Only text messages, no name, says he/she is at Offutt AFB, Bellevue, so must use Paypal, will send a mover. Phone number is 405-294-6816. No name provided and did not respond to my request to speak on the phone. Beware!

recieved text soon after ad went live on asking if the car was still available. i replied yes. they asked price and why i was selling. told them and then they said they could do the transaction through paypal. they said it was the safest and eistiest way and would get car after payment settled. they ask if i had a paypal account. i replied i would meet the buyer at their bank for verified funds. they said they did not feel comfortable which is why the requested paypal. i replied any reputable buyer would be comfortable meeting at the bank. i told them i would report them to the police but i suspected the phone number was spoofed. they did not reply back after my last text.

a few minutes after this recieved another text from a different number pulling the same scam. its sad some people fall for this scam. the people running these scams should be arrested and prosecuted but i am not sure how any police agency would go about it.

I have received so many of these, that I can't keep track: Hi, SCAMMER: I'm interesting in buying your car, Do you still have it for sale? What the last asking price? What sort of conditions history? Do you accept PayPal as a mode of payment. Hope to hear from you soon.

ME: Yes, the car is still available. Good condition. Price is $5500. I do not accept paypal. Cash or cashiers check only. Must pick up and pay for the car in person, and complete DMV paperwork at time of pickup.

SCAMMER: Thanks for the response,I'm located in Los Angeles CA, but due to my condition as a deaf and dumb person,i can't be able to speak with you on phone. I will love to make an instant purchase because i'm buying this car for my dad as a surprise gift for his birthday . I really want the car to be a surprise for my dad by not disclosing the car until the delivery is made to him, i'm sure he will be more than happy with the car. I don't mind adding an extra $50 for you to take the advert down from the site so that i can be rest assured that i'm in hand of the car, l will offer you the amount required and i can only pay you through PayPal at this moment, all i will need is your PayPal money request or PayPal email address to make the payments and i will be happy to pay PayPal charges,and if you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can set one up at .paypal. it cant take you less than 5 mins to do that. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payments has been sorted.

ME: Well then, given those circunstances, you should probably look for a car closer to your home in Los Angeles. But you can tell your dad that I said "happy birthday"

Received email from authentic-looking PayPal fake. Told me my account is on hold for lack of funding. Wanted sensitive info to correct problem. Contacted real PayPal and was told it was not them that sent it. Messages will show up in your account if they are really from Paypal

I am Joshua,i will like to know Why you are you selling it,are you the first owner,because i cant make it there to check it out due to the nature of my job,but i will arrange the freight that will visit you to pick it up after you get paid. I'm Okay with the conditions and i'm ready to purchase it,the Movers will visit you to pick it up as soon as you receive the payment,i am a PayPal verified member,do you have PayPal account for the payment?

This sure seems like a scam to me with everything I've read?

Posted a vehicle on CL and got a text almost immediately from 520-904-1563 asking if still available. Replied yes. Was asked condition of vehicle. Asked if we could speak by phone rather than text and never heard back. Got another text about an hr later from 303-351-7849. Asked if vehicle available. Replied yes. They asked condition. Asked to call said they prefer text. Said he was a military man and was buying the vehicle for his son as a surprise. Told him someone should get back to him with condition. Knew it sounded sketchy and he immediately said ok but let me get your paypal email so I can get started with the money transfer. I said nope. He said you don't have paypal. I didn't answer. He then asked if we could just get me set up with account. Said no. Never heard back. The sad thing is is that for every one of us that senses the scam, there's someone willing to go through with it.

Listed a car for sell on Craigslist.

Dude calls says he is helping her daughter get the car. He said the bank agreed for a car loan for 16,300.00 but he is willing to pay $14,000.00 and since the bank is issuing $16,300.00 cashiers check I will need for refund $2,300.00.

He sound like a 35 year old guy but says his "child" is 23 years old.

I asked him why don't her daughter take the cashiers check on his name so he can withdraw it and then give her the money. He thought about it and said no we don't have a car so the bank won't issue a check on our name.

Lucky for me I just googled if there has been any scams similar to this and boom turns out plenty.

This is his phone number 415-604-2623

862.205.5387 just texted me interested in a laptop. Wanting to pay by PayPal and for me to ship on their personal UPS Account. Wanted it shipped to a daughter in Texas. Yea....Right

Still happening...same scenario here....full price...sight unseen...first requested check...then went to PayPal.... Number is 1-360-227-7294....guy named chris

Selling a double wide mobile on Craig's list. Had a text response within 5 minutes of posting offer.Seems to be some recurring sentences/words with these scams...Courier will pick it up, Use Pay Pal as safest method, in the military & can't take phone calls so use email, any damages & offers full price right away, wants my pay pal acct. # on first email, and one sentence resonated throughout your testimonials...'hope to read from you soon'. Add name Steven Wooden to list of scammers trying to scam this Holiday!

I lost rs.6000 because of carelessness of PayPal. I purchased a script for gamersfall. com and got cheated.

Its this company called Matrix Unlocking. He Said He Can Unlock It But I Don't Want My Money To Be Took. Can Someone Tell Me If It's A Real Website Or Not.

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