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.
If it smells fishy...it is.
Any transaction that involves ANYTHING odd, weird, difficult, or unusual is a scam. (IMHO)
Originally Posted by lotto scam from a few days ago
:lol: 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. :D :p
the same exact thing happened to me, this was my email from the supposed to be paypal,
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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.
Amount: US $300.00
Transaction ID: 5TV18003RU451511S
Subject: Pls Shipping before 48Hrs
Note: You have been paid for One
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@example.com 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.
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!
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i recieved the initial email from a firstname.lastname@example.org claiming she had a friend over seas who she wanted to send the laptop too.
the fake paypal email came from everifier@OfficeEmail.net
now see the best part is they had it spoofed to look like it was from email@example.com, 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.
If you have anything to say to these do not bother to call us,just mail us directly to our customer service
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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
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! :sick::sick::sick::sick::sick::sick::peep::peep::p eep::peep::peep:
scammers make over 10 million dollars worth of illegal profit every year.:sick:
I confirm, firstname.lastname@example.org is a fake, I have been stolen by a buyer with email adress :
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
I have sent a shipment to the postal address :
NAME : Olayinka Adekola
ADDRESS : 2 Abadina U.I
STATE : OYO STATE
CITY : IBADAN
ZIP CODE : 23402
COUNTRY : NIGERIA
There is also a second postal address :
Name. Gbadebo Adekunle.
Address. 65b olode street off apebi itajana
City. Ijebu ode.
So please don't be so stupid than me be careful, never send shipment to Nigeria.
Anyone in this day and age that sends a shipment to Nigeria witout 100% certified funds in hand, deserves to be scammed. Nigeria and internet scams are synonyms.
I keep getting those ones that say my email account will be shut off if I don't send my name and password. LOL And still a spoof ebay login once in a while. Those are all from China.
As everyone else has pointed out this is a scam. I actually saw a pretty sad news piece on these scams where this old lady lost her entire retirement savings and is now almost completely bankrupt. Those we aren't internet savvy can def. be taken advantage of.
Just checking did you report this to PayPal directly. They should be able to do something about this and keep others from falling for this. Sorry they tried to scam you but good save.