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.