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    ok, i have a sneaking well more than sneaking now suspicion somebody is trying to scam me, so first off i listed my carputer on my local Toronto craigslist for ill be the first to admit a little much but i did say OBO, (http://toronto.craigslist.ca/sys/472276600.html) anyway some 'Patricia James' from Nigeria emails me i think the following day with a rather robotic email (i had in the ad mentioned buyer had a choice of one of 2 pci cards and her email mentioned nothing of that) she also asked for my pay pal email, i was like ok i don't think you can scam with paypal so i gave it to her. then the day after i get this email: (well this is bits of it i cut her address)
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    You've got new funds!!! Payments by PayPal

    Dear Brendan -mylastnamedeleted-,

    Patricia James just sent you Money with PayPal.

    Patricia James is a Potential Buyer .
    ...
    his PayPal® payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED"but will not be credited to your account until the shipment reference/tracking number is sent to us for shipment verification so as to secure both the buyer and the seller. Below are the necessary information requested before your account will be credited. Send tracking number to us or email us through this mail paypal [email protected] and our customer service care will attend to you. As soon as you send us the shipment's tracking number to us for security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller,the money will be credited to your account.

    **PLEASE NOTE**
    Once shipment has been verified and the tracking number sent to us and the shipment tracking number is CONFIRMED, You will receive a " CONFIRMATION Email" from PayPal® informing you that the Money has been credited ,

    Thank you for using PayPal!
    The PayPal Team

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    along with that i got a second email witch made me start more seriously considering fraud aside from her paying $150 for shipping.
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    Dear Patricia James,

    We are glad to get back to you regarding the payment that was made for your item which you recently sold to our client Patrcia James, we received a message from our client that you needed money for the shipment of the item. This is to inform you that in the time past we had released money to seller's and they do not turn up, as we believe you are aware of the fradulent activities that is all over the place. We are now taking out time to safe guide transactions on Craigslist, so we advice you ship out the item to the buyer and get back to us with the shipment tracking number so that we can credit the money into your account immediately we receive the shipment tracking number.
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    after this i emailed paypal and said i was weary of a scammer and i included my ad and her first email in the message, i also mentioned i didn't think you could get scammed with paypal because i know thats how its otherwise down with escrow type crap. in between all this i sent her back an email from my non-paypal account saying i can't ship until tuesday/wednesday due to remembrance day/weekend (she also wanted it shipped via EMS) now today i get an email i don't really like from 'paypal' i have feeling she mite be on my computer somehow
    here it is:
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    Dear Brendan -mylastnameremoved-,
    This message is originated from paypal company.We have received an order from our client"Patricia James",regarding the payment made to your paypal account.
    The payment has been successfully made but due to security reason we have to receive the shipment tracking number before the next 48hour for the processing of your order.
    This a new measure we are taking to protect both our sellers and buyers against fraudulent customers.
    Once you have shipped the item send us the shipment tracking number for verification after the number has verify your account will be credited instantly.
    This PayPal® payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED"but will not be credited to your account until the shipment reference/tracking number is sent to us for shipment verification so as to secure both the buyer and the seller. Below are the necessary information requested before your account will be credited. Send tracking number to us or email us through this mail [email protected]
    **PLEASE NOTE**
    Once shipment has been verified and the tracking number sent to us, You will receive a "CONFIRMATION Email" from PayPal® informing you that the Money has been credited.
    Note:craiglist and Paypal will be responsible for the item loss or damage once we receive the tracking number
    Thank you for using PayPal!
    The PayPal Team
    ------------------------------------------

    here it mentioned craigslist will be held for item loss/damage and on the craigslist site it says they never do anything ever.

    so all in all im probably pretty silly to still be thinking this is not a scam but i dont like the newest 'paypal' message help please

  • #2
    [email protected]

    That would be NOT a paypal address. This is a scam, sir.

    This a new measure we are taking to protect both our sellers and buyers against fraudulent customers.
    Go ahead and try to find this "new security measure" on Paypal's website.
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    • #4
      @"cant scam via paypal"

      Well wake up and smell the coffee because I would say 50% of the spam I get is ebay/paypal fraud clone emails. They use the same layout but when you hover over a button, that will "log you in" or something it goes to their personal server where it will store your user name and password. I would immediately change your password to something strong with numbers letters, capitols and lower case right away. If you can, close the account and start a new one. If you have a bank account linked to it, you are in deep poo. I cant believe people actually fall for this.
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      • #5
        "...from Nigeria"

        Always a scam.

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        • #6
          Yet another variation of the 419 scam.
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



          Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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          • #7
            Log directly into your paypal and change the password, then look and see if there is any pending transaction.
            David

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            • #8
              one word:

              Nigeria.


              Scam. give them nothing, don't reply to anything, delete the email.

              If you've already given them info, make sure you get on with changing passwords and stopping any payments, RIGHT NOW!
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              • #9
                Well, I guess it's COMFIRMED then; This must is a scam.
                It's been a while...

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                • #10
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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by jjh221 View Post
                    That site and the guy who runs it is awesome. I was reading one of his stories and he actually got a carved wooden image of himself sent to him by a scammer. Oh the fun.

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                    • #12
                      ok so thats kinda what i figured, as of now i have changed all my passwords and nothing fishy has happened. Thank you for confirming my suspicions.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by brendan View Post
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                        his PayPal® payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED"but will not be credited to your account until the shipment reference/tracking number is sent to us for shipment verification
                        Oh Brendan, wake up sir....not to dog you, but that first email you got immediately told me it was a scam. Sure "send first, then I'll pay you" is way to obvious.
                        If it smells fishy...it is.
                        Any transaction that involves ANYTHING odd, weird, difficult, or unusual is a scam. (IMHO)
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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by lotto scam from a few days ago
                          Good Day,

                          This is to notify you that just won £1,500,000 (one million five
                          hundred thousand great British pounds sterling) in our 2007 new year

                          charity
                          bonanza for this Month winning Number 06-32-34-46-62-68.

                          We hereby urge you to claim the winning amount quickly as this is
                          amonthly bonanza. Failure to claim your win will result into the

                          reversion
                          of the fund

                          Official Email:[email protected]

                          Endeavour to email/fax him this following to your fiduciary agent to claiming your prize.

                          I found it in my spam folder. Gotta love it. They have moved from "Royal Nigerian Lottery" to some "bonanza" from the UK with the highly official yahoo UK email address.
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                          • #15
                            oh my god!

                            the same exact thing happened to me, this was my email from the supposed to be paypal,

                            PayPal

                            Protect Your Account Info
                            Make sure you never provide your password to fraudulent websites.

                            To safely and securely access the PayPal website or your account, open a new web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Netscape) and type in the PayPal URL ( https://www.paypal.com/row/) to be sure you are on the real PayPal site.

                            PayPal will never ask you to enter your password in an email.

                            For more information on protecting yourself from fraud, please review our Security Tips at https://www.paypal.com/row/securitytips
                            Protect Your Password
                            You should never give your PayPal password to anyone, including PayPal employees.

                            You've got new funds!

                            Payments by PayPalDear Email address removed - Enforcer

                            Monica Milo just sent you money with PayPal.

                            Monica Milo is a Verified Buyer.
                            Payment Details
                            Amount: US $300.00
                            Transaction ID: 5TV18003RU451511S
                            Subject: Pls Shipping before 48Hrs

                            Note: You have been paid for One

                            TOSHIBA LAPTOP








                            Shipping Information

                            Address:
                            Name:Tunde Ogunleye
                            Address:************
                            State:Ogun State
                            City :Abeokuta
                            Country:Nigeria
                            Zip Code:**********


                            Address Status: Confirmed

                            This PayPal® payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED"but will not be credited to your account until the shipment tracking number is sent to us for shipment verification so as to secure both the buyer and the seller. Below are the necessary information requested before your account will be credited. Send tracking number to us or email us through this mail [email protected] and our customer service care will attend to you. As soon as you send us the shipment's tracking number to us for security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller,the money will be credited to your account.

                            **PLEASE NOTE**
                            Once shipment has been verified and the tracking number sent to us,
                            You will receive a "CONFIRMATION EMAIL " from PayPal® informing you that the Money has been credited.
                            Thank you for using PayPal!
                            The PayPal Team
                            ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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                            i recieved the initial email from a [email protected] claiming she had a friend over seas who she wanted to send the laptop too.

                            the fake paypal email came from [email protected]
                            now see the best part is they had it spoofed to look like it was from [email protected], also when in the email, it gives you links to click to bring you to your paypal account page, when clicked nothing happends, upon reading the source code for the email, you find added html to redirect the link to nothing, so for your average know-nothing computer user just trying to make money on craigslist you think your computer is just acting up, go ahead and send your valubles overseas.

                            also i was hesitant from the begining when they didnt wasnt to know any of the specs about the laptop and wanted to pay me 100 more than i was asking. i asked them to call me and they avoided the subject, finally after about 4 emails they gave me a local numer to call, when called it was an invalid number.

                            as soon as i recieved the fake paypal email a few things threw me off, and i knew right away, checked my actual paypal account and knew for sure..

                            so i did no reply and waited a day and recieved this email from the fake paypal subject was ****legal action taken on account****

                            Dear PayPal Customer,

                            It is important we know the status of the item bought otherwise, legal action may be taken against you since you have not replied to the confirmation of payment made to your account by our client Monica Milo over time and you have to be rest assured that this transaction has been successfully made and you are safe and protected.The money cannot be refund into the buyer's account.


                            We believed you entered into bidding agreement by requesting money through PayPal, and by non response to the payment confirmation made to your account you have violate the eBay and PayPal agreement. However the buyer has already contacted us in other to make report about your non response.We are ensuring to make PayPal a safer place, therefore we need to set confidence on our users.you have to complete this transaction properly in order for us not to AVOID and SUSPEND your PayPal account and it will also affect your PayPal account.

                            We request for the Scanned Receipt and the Tracking Number to prove postage of the item in less than 24hours and we will fund the money into your account or face the consequences of LEGAL ACTION.
                            This is done in other to protect both the seller and buyer.

                            PLEASE NOTE
                            If you have anything to say to these do not bother to call us,just mail us directly to our customer service

                            ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ------------------------------ -------------------------

                            Thank you for using PayPal!
                            The PayPal Team

                            __________

                            then one from monicakids23 shortly after:

                            _______

                            Hi Why the delay....i have make the payment for the item and i have been waiting for you to send me the shipment number so that i can mail PayPal about the shipment number for you to have your money credited into your account and i think if i did not hear back from you within next 24hrs i will have to contact PayPal about Craigslist scam... that you are trying to rip me off because the payment for the item has been forward to PayPal but you have to make the shipment for the item and send the shipment number to PayPal for verification and as soon as the shipment number is verified you will have your money credited into your account with immediate effect ok... Here is the shipping address

                            Name:Tunde Ogunleye
                            Address:#***********
                            State:Ogun State
                            City :Abeokuta
                            Country:Nigeria
                            Zip Code:************

                            Thanks Alot i will be waiting for your reply as soon as possible

                            _______



                            i sent this person a rather nasty email. and have not yet recieved a reply in two days.


                            all i have to say is i am glad i am pretty aware. advice to all of you, is be VERY CAREFUL and take the time to look into things and double check to make sure they are looking legit when shopping and seling online!
                            scammers make over 10 million dollars worth of illegal profit every year.

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