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Am I being scammed?

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#1 Tea~for~two

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:29 PM

Hi - I'm a bit embarrassed about this:

I posted an item to sell on gum tree, and the buyer sent through a payment receipt and then PayPal sent me a notice saying I have to pay the freight company $500 before they transfer the money into my account. I queried what this is all about and this is what they sent me:

"Get back to us with the western union information for verification as we have noted in our previous message. Once you do this the total amount of $1,700.00 AUD shall be credited into your account. We advise you to get back to us with the western union details so we can credit your bank account. You have our 100% assurance on this, please note this payment cannot be reversed or cancelled because it is a PayPal to bank payment. We believe you have a bidding agreement before you gave your bank details out, failure to comply with what we have instructed will lead to legal action and blockage of your account."

I told the buyer I don't have $500 so the deal is off but he said that Paypal 'can't' refund his money and that they will take legal action against me.

What the??? Is this for real, or am being scammed?

I know I know, I should have been more careful, but I've never sold anything online before so I had no idea what I was doing.


#2 emnut

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:31 PM

the words "western union" would have me running a mile - I'd be reporting them

#3 bakesgirls

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:34 PM

Once I read the words 'western union' I would have said they can take whatever action they want, but the transaction is cancelled.

WU is notorious for being used to scam people.

#4 Bob-the-skull

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:34 PM





#5 Get*busy*livin

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:34 PM

scam scam scam scam scam scam scam.

Please DO NOT send any money via western union. Delete the buyers emails and if they contact you again then mark the emails as spam and your inbox should send them straight to junk.

#6 lamarque

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:34 PM

Sounds like a scam to me.

#7 Just us

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:35 PM


#8 Get*busy*livin

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:35 PM

I agree, the very mention of "western union' by any buyers screams scam.

#9 kez71

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:36 PM

that doesn't sound like paypal wording..especially mentioning western union and saying " get back to us"  and " you have our 100% assurance" /. it doesn't sound right.
id go to www.paypal.com.au and ring them to see what they say. they will most likley want you to send the email to them. do not pay $500 whatever you do!

Edited by kez71, 29 November 2012 - 09:37 PM.

#10 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:36 PM

I think it is a scam. It doesn't sound like it was really paypal that sent you the email. I would contact Aus paypal right away. There are a lot of fake paypal emails that circulate.

Did the buyer pay you via paypal or via your bank account?

#11 Gembac8019

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

omg, it's a scam!! soon as i read Western Union, I knew it. CONTACT PAYPAL DIRECTLY and talk to them yourself what you have recieved.. see what they say.

#12 ani1

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

Yes this is a scam !

#13 Tea~for~two

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

Bloody hell.

Thanks everyone for the heads up. I've updated my ad to say I'll only accept face to face payments.

#14 kez71

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:39 PM

oh and if they truly paid paypal, then paypal would notify you that you have been paid. Sounds like their "receipt" is totally fake..run and then run some more

#15 greenthumbs

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:39 PM

Sounds dodgy! I'd be forwarding the email directly to paypal for investigation.

Just googled this link for you;


This tells you what to look for if you suspect dodgy email. Also you can find their email address to send to them direct.

Good luck, hope it's all sorted asap!

#16 bailee

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

Its definitely a scam. I had a 'buyer' through gumtree do the same thing to me. I knew that that's what they were up to but they sent me the fake email anyway - I forwarded this to paypals fraud dept and complained to gumtree. I also changed my PayPal password for safety reasons.  If you look at the email you will notice the colors of words change halfwy through a sentence or spelling errors, stuff like that. Also it does not have the PayPal security shield thingy that shows up on email.

#17 beaglebaby

Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:50 PM

The receipt will be a fake - log in to your paypal account and check.  This is a scam, they tell you they've paid extra to cover shipping - then get you to put it in their western union, however the receipt is bogus, they haven't paid a cent and once you put the money in WU you can never get it back.  Cut all contact.

If it was legit, you can very easily refund a payment through paypal - it is a scam.  Do not click on any link they have sent you - if you have please run your virus software.

#18 belinda1976

Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:47 PM

If it was from Paypal their guidelines for spam say that they always address their emails to your first name and surname.

You need to forward that email onto:


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