Email scams are nothing to be surprised at. Scams via email were mostly bound to identity scam. In this way thieves are trying to get your login details from accounts on PayPal or Ebay, etc. Users would receive fake emails from PayPal or Ebay, claiming that they urgently need to enter their account on PayPal or Ebay. "Helpful" scammers also didn’t forget to give a link to the website so similar to the real one. When credulous users logged in to this website, their login details were stolen.
The scheme of new email scam is a little bit different. It targets inattentive Ebay sellers, to send their items to the scammers for free. If you ask yourself: “How is it possible?” “Easily enough”, - is our answer. So here it is.
The seller receives message that his/her item was sold. But shortly the seller receives message from the buyer. The seller is asked for direct payment, in order to send an item today. There can be various reasons provided for such a demand: the buyer is about to go abroad, this item is required urgently as a gift for someone special, etc. Arguments are reasonable, so the seller agrees and sends an item.
Just when the seller hits “Send” button, arrives email from PayPal that money arrived to the seller’s account. So the buyer has paid for an item. It means that it is high-time to send the staff.
If you didn’t mention something suspicious, then you just need to know the last tricky detail of this bargain - email from PayPal was fake. The buyer has never sent money to the seller’s PayPal account. Therefore “sold” item was more like a present for ingenious scammer.
If you are Ebay seller how can you safeguard yourself from such tricks?
- When you receive email with confirmation from PayPal, always log in to your PayPal account and check if payment was really made. Never open a link provided in the email. Instead use PayPal website directly.
- Check buyer’s feedback on Ebay. Lots of negative feedback or its absence indicate that it is probably a bad idea to cooperate with this person.
- Always send items to “confirmed‘ PayPal addresses. If the buyer doesn’t have a confirmed address for shipping, it is better to request confirmed address, despite all excuses of the buyer. Remember, if you send item to an unconfirmed address, you cannot use PayPal’s Seller Protection.
Use these simple precautions and be sure that you will not be fooled by a scammer.