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Paypal Scam - "Payment" Notification

Paypal Scam - "Payment" Notification

Postby colsaunders2 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:18 pm

Recently, my roommate decided to sell his MacBook Pro, listing the laptop first on Craigslist and then on eBay. The item generated a good number of responses, some of which I immediately rooted out as scam attempts (bad grammar/spelling, international shipping, etc), but unfortunately I did not get a good look at the correspondence with a seemingly legitimate eBayer until the computer was already in the mail:

So, some guy on eBay (the_w00tmaster) contacts him through eBay, asking some reasonable questions, but requests that he reply directly through email and *not* eBay. First red flag!

After agreeing to the terms of sale through email (note that eBay warns you about off-site dealing like this), my roommate sends a Paypal money request and receives two payment notices - the first for $6000, and then a 'corrected' one for $1550 :shocked:

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This dirtbag sent a fake payment! It's obvious in print-view that he attempted to mask the sender as "service@paypal.com", but unfortunately you don't see the real email address in Gmail unless you click "Show details" (edit: seting Gmail view to "Older Version" also does this). The real kicker is that the message states that Paypal is holding the funds until they can verify shipment, for the "security of the buyer". What a shock then, when my roommate calls Paypal to inquire about the status of the funds and discovers that there was no such transaction!

Alas, I did not inspect these messages in time. The results?

1. No payment and potential loss of the computer
2. Calling USPS to stop delivery, only to find out it was "after hours" (call again in the morning)
3. Contacting local police and NYPD, neither of which offered any help
3. Filing a "sold outside of eBay" report and Mail Fraud complaint with USPIS
To do: file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center ("IC3", an FBI partnership)

Hopefully, all that will be lost here are a few hours and the cost of shipping. I've seen my share of scam attempts, but this one takes the cake :-x

Funny how it's not my problem, but I am equally wrapped up in this :whistle
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Postby colsaunders2 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:28 pm

Good news: the laptop has been intercepted and is in the process of being recalled. Now that the New York City Police, US Postal Inspector, Federal Trade Commission, and FBI are all aware of this fraud attempt, with any luck the scamming chump will be in need of some Vaseline... _-~~~

Whew, I never want to see this happen again :whistle
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Postby mnemonicj » Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:24 am

Your roommate should send the guy a box full of junk so when the guy receives the package, he thinks the scam worked, until he opens it. ^*^
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Postby ar1stotle » Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:28 am

That was a close one! Glad it's taken care of. You should ship a letter saying that the laptop is being held until verification of a legit payment can take place :P
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Postby EXTREMEoverclocker » Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:51 am

wow thats crazy...
glad you caught it in time ...
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