There is a new twist on this one! Please read---
I sold an iPhone on Craigslist.com and the seller said her name was Christina Smith
, and provided me with her email address being: firstname.lastname@example.org
, where she communicated with me.
She wanted to send me the payment through PayPal... fine... I created an invoice in Paypal, sent it to her, and within a few minutes, I got an email from "PayPal® <email@example.com>". Since I was on my phone it looked real enough, and I told "her" as soon as the payment showed up in my account I would ship. 2 days later, nothing. I call PayPal, and they confirm nothing has been sent... lol
The shipping address they wanted me to send the package to, was in California.
Here it is: Shipping address - confirmed
Name: Afolabi Adeoti
Address: 7950 Woodley Ave. Unit A
Van Nuys, CA 91406The above address is a company called "www.myamericanshipper.com", which has physical storefronts all over the nation, and which will forward your packages overseas! They wait till you have a bunch of them, and then they box them all up for you, and send them!)
The email that accompanied the fake
recipt from this "PayPal® <firstname.lastname@example.org>", said this:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________ "Hello (My Name) ,
You have an instant payment of $550.00 USD from Christiana Smith.
You are required to ship out the item and get back to us with the tracking number.
Payment Sent (Unique Transaction ID #098234541674337F39E)
Date Type Status Details Amount
Oct 17, 2012 Credit Card Pending .... $550.00 USD
Date Type Status Details Amount
Oct 17, 2012 Credit Card Complete Details $550.00 USD
Funding Type: Credit Card
Funding Source: $550.00 USD - Visa Card XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-1014
This transaction will appear on your bill as "PAYPAL".
You can report a transaction problem in the Resolution Center within 45 days of this payment. Have a problem with this transaction?"
And below that email it had this:
Note to seller You have to provide to us the shipment tracking number so that your funds can reflect in your account as soon as possible.
Shipping address - confirmed
Address:7950 Woodley Ave. Unit A
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Issues with this transaction?
You have 2 days from the date of the transaction to open a dispute in the Security Center
IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 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 through this mail account (email@example.com) and our Customer security service center 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 item has been shipped and the tracking number sent to us,
You will receive a "CONFIRMATION EMAIL" from PayPal® Team informing you that the Fund has been credited to your Account.
You are require to ship out the item and get back to us with the tracking number or custom form number.
For more information Please Get back to our customer care @ (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team."
_______________________________________________________________________________________________So. In a word--- very complicated scam! I'm posting in case someone else has the bad fortune of having to run into these individuals, or if they ever use any of the above info, it will be searchable online and people will be able to find it, and recognize it for the scam it is.
So let us examine/point out why it was a scam
Her name and shipping address name didn't match up. She explained it was for her husband... I said, fine. Whatever...Second
She was texting me from this cell phone number: 347-467-7319, which is a mobile phone from New York! Her shipping address is in California?Third
PayPal will never use an email address of: "email@example.com
", and will always use a "@paypal.com
" address. So don't fall for that.Fourth
The email address in case there is any concerns, was: firstname.lastname@example.org
which is also NOT PayPal. So. Please always LOOK at EACH peice of info when someone is trying to buy something. If it doesn't match up, SLOW down. Nothing is worth getting scamed over like this. WAY too many things that just do NOT add up.