1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Stealth PayPal to friend's legit PayPal? Will he get in trouble for negative balance?!

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by BandoReps, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. BandoReps

    BandoReps Newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2013
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    So I used the Stealth eBay book to create a PayPal and eBay account but with no credit card or bank account. I bought a few eBooks but without paying to get 15 feedback, then I sold 20 or so of my own eBooks via fixed price listing.

    I then decided to sell my gaming laptop on my account and somebody in America bought it for just over £500 and paid, but PayPal held the fund for 21 days. No worries, because I added cost to the shipping and sent it recorded with insurance, etc, and the buyer got the laptop and left positive feedback, then waited patiently until 21 days were up (I had nothing to worry about... I had full proof the item was sent, so was in no rush for my money) and finally PayPal released my funds and I simply transferred them to my friend's legit, verified PayPal that he uses all the time (completely disconnected from mine).

    Anyway, I forget about that account for another 2 weeks, then I get the idea to try sell more eBooks and make some killer money since I could simply transfer funds to my friend's PayPal again.

    Well, lo and behold, the laptop guy had only filed a significantly not as described claim like a day after I stopped going to my account and he claimed it was broken and he demanded his money back, but because I hadn't been there for well over 7 days and thus couldn't respond, PayPal awarded him all his money back, leaving me in the deep red.

    Well now I don't know what to do. I cannot afford to bring the negative balance back to £0 because I'm a student and don't have much, hence the trying to sell massive amounts of eBooks.

    A part of me says "F*** PayPal and f*** the con artists who SCAMMED ME" since the PayPal account was completely off the grid, unverified, fake address, fake name, untouched IP, no attached bank or credit card, and no way of them finding me.

    Well, except my friend. I'm worried they'll look at me transferring the money into his PayPal (as a service for "car payment" that I made up) and link the two of us, even though we're completely unconnected with different details, IP address, everything.

    Can they find my friend and demand the money back and assume it's the same user? I don't want him in trouble. Can PayPal phone the police or find me or do anything?! I feel I shouldn't pay as I was conned big time, but I need some veteran advice here. Is it possible they could connect my friend to my account if everything was different?! Should I have made my friend create a listing for something I could have won with my stealth account and made it look like an eBay transaction!?

    Just when I was looking forward to a future on PayPal and eBay too. Btw, is it possible for anyone to eventually make great money on eBay and PayPal through hard work? I would love to find a wholesaler and make good money, but it seems everyone has snatched up every niche and it's impossible now.

    Please help!
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2013
  2. Deusdies

    Deusdies Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2009
    Messages:
    261
    Likes Received:
    190
    No, they can't ask the money from your friend, if that is REALLY your friend's account.

    It really is kind of your fault, they gave you 7 days to respond, you didn't. For this low amount of money PayPal won't contact the police, to be honest they probably won't care either. Your account will stay negative forever, they might try to contact you somehow (if you left them a phone number or anything, but it seems that you didn't), after a while they'll probably write it off as bad debt and forget about it. Probably going to close that fake account though. You don't need to worry.

    Now if you scammed someone for some high $x,xxx figure or higher, then that'd be a problem.
     
  3. BandoReps

    BandoReps Newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2013
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thank you for the reply!!! Yes, it's definitely my friend's account and is in no way linked to mine apart from me transferring money to it as a service for something I made up which just said "car payment".

    I don't see how it is my fault though. I had no idea the buyer who seemed happy, was gonna try scam me and I didn't bother signing in for a couple of weeks that's all. I couldn't get email notification as it was a fake email account I never used.

    Also, I used a VoIP for phone confirmation.

    So am I free to go? I won't ever have to pay?!
     
  4. madxseo

    madxseo Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2013
    Messages:
    114
    Likes Received:
    22
    Nope.. just leave your account negative.. it wont take your friend's money as well..
     
  5. Revolate

    Revolate Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2011
    Messages:
    346
    Likes Received:
    171
    Occupation:
    Hybrid, I do everything!
    Location:
    Earth
    I wouldn't worry, here in the UK you need to be 18 for a direct debit, and I linked my bank account up with Paypal which was setup as 'Direct Debit' I got into the red like you and the banks couldn't do nothing as it's against the law to setup direct debits at my age (at the time anyways, I'm 20 now), so theres a slight loop hole haha, wouldn't worry about it, just forget you ever had that paypal account and move on it will happen every day for bigger amounts, that's why Paypal have fees, to cover this sort of stuff.
     
  6. TheMoneyWizard

    TheMoneyWizard Elite Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2012
    Messages:
    2,351
    Likes Received:
    2,462
    Location:
    Wonderland
    I was on negative balance, and they had my address and phone number and they did nothing. They sent me 1 email saying they will take action against me if I don't restore my balance. I ignored them and nothing happened.