Does this eBay email seem suspicious

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  1. villageedge

    villageedge Registered Member

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    I have a TV listed on ebay as a Buy it Now for $49.99. I received an email from this guy saying he would like me to reconsider shipping it to him in New York state (I have it listed as a Local Pick Up Only due to it's size). I won't mention the town, but I will say he's near the Hudson River Valley, but I do know the name of the town. Anyway, I got a shipping quote for him ($50), including having it packaged professionally, and now he sends me an email like this (below). It seems very suspicious to me; almost like those scammers who contact you when you have an item for sale on craigslist and ask you if they can pay for your $50 item by sending you a cashiers check for a thousand dollars more and ask you to return the difference by Western Union. I have omitted all identifying information, including names and location. Please let me know if I am being set up to be scammed or if anyone else has encountered this situation



    Hi K---...Yes,I'm Still Interested in Buying/Purchasing This Panasonic TV/VCR Combo From You.Do You Accept Paypal? Could All of The Shipping/Handling/Packaging Costs To me Using UPS Ground Delivery.Be Completed Thru Paypal as an Altogether Bill? I'd Prefer it Done Like That if Possible.This is More of a Final Confirmation From Me.As I Await a Final Confirmation From You.Before I Make The Buy it Now Option Deal.How Long Do You Estimate Delivery From Penn.to P--------,New York Will Take? Thanks in Advance For Answering All My Questions K---.Ja--- A.in ---------,New York 10--- P.S. Do You Make The UPS Ground Delivery Arrangements? I've Never Done That Before(UPS Delivery Arrangements).Thanks Again
     
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  2. twoj04

    twoj04 Power Member

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    His message is confusing, but he may just not have the best English.

    If he is willing to pay for the item + shipping (UPS Ground) by PayPal, just keep your shipping receipt/delivery confirmation/etc. receipts and you will be fine.
     
  3. Griffin

    Griffin Regular Member

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    He's asking if you will update the invoice instead of charging him two separate charges.
     
  4. dre7

    dre7 Registered Member

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    Just make sure everything goes through paypal, so if you do get scammed you can get your money back.
     
  5. NewWayInvest

    NewWayInvest Junior Member

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    I think you should be fine if he buys from ebay and pays through paypal. There's pretty much no way to scam you unless he files a chargeback.
     
  6. SteamyMcSteam

    SteamyMcSteam Junior Member

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    Does he have any feedback?

    His message reaks of SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would tell him to f off
     
  7. twix70

    twix70 Regular Member

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    Ask him to clarify his message as it's not particularly clear. It does smell a bit fishy as it is though. Maybe to be safe sale it to someone who accepts your ebay posting conditions.
     
  8. BenQs

    BenQs Regular Member

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    his message to you does sound pretty fishy and confusing. Sounds like the beginning of a typical bad check scam. But if he's willing to pay by paypal ... TVs are pretty cheap these days. Is he really getting a good deal when you add in shipping charges, etc.
     
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    i think it is okay. i would just clarify it with him. i don't smell a scam.
     
  10. nemernicu

    nemernicu Junior Member

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    Just be careful, something is fishy in his email, too broad. Why don't you call the guy and see what happens? search for his phone number/email address/name on google to see what comes up, do a little research if u really care about the sale
     
  11. ikorky

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    doesnt seem that suspicious, just bad english
     
  12. mrlimit

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    K I had the same problem. But I was selling a watch, anyhow I get this email supposedly from a guy in bulgaria, he's saying that he will be making a payment true paypal so I was like OK go ahead. Then I got the paypal confirmation in the email, but the sending email looked fishy so I checked paypal it's self And i was right nothing, nada, zip, so I sent him a tracking pixel. Turned out to be some cheekycunt kid from Modesto California basically I called portland local FBI office and gave em all the info ,emails,Ip, and his physical address. Never heard from him again. :spank: lol

    sorry it's a bit long. but dude all ways make sure you got the money!!
     
  13. nambooooo

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    Remember the story about Troy from CrushDollars telling some of his affiliates in the end that he will pay them by paypal? It jumped in my mind when I read your thread. He paid from some wierd paypal accounts, which in the end filed a dispute. In your case it's also weird that the guy wants one invoice not 2 (TV+shipping). I think he's using a hijacked paypal.
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