Quantcast

Possible Pay Pal Scam. Or is it?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by nowlan, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. nowlan

    nowlan Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 2
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2008
    Messages:
    496
    Heres the scoop. I am trying to sell my M6. I have it on numerous sites on the web with the exact same listing.
    It reeks of a SCAM, but i am not sure at all how it woud potentially work.

    The first one started off asking some questions about the bike, then jumps into wanting the email associated with my Pay Pal address. They say they wil pay the entire price I am asking, and avoid simple rebuddle questions like, where do you ride, yadda yadda.

    Anyway after a few emails I got a very similar email to this one (the Second one I recieved today from another website posting) Here is its.

    was just about to make the payment when i had a little problem with my pick-up agent, as i explained to you earlier that i am currently out to sea, i tried to book a pick-up with my pick up agent, but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, they only accept western union money transfer for their payment's and i tried to send the money online but i could not, I'll like to know if i can be able to entrust the pick up agent fee in your possession so that i will include their fee in the payment that i am going to make, my pick up agent charged is $850 plus Insurance and some other document for the pick-up, so after you have received the payment you will help me send the $850 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, this i would have done myself and not bother you but for the fact that i am currently on sea, i just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payment, i will appreciate it if you mail me back, and i will made the payments shortly......awaiting your response soonest.


    Regards.

    IT has to be a SCAM, why would the guy trust me to pay the shipping on his bike? I just dont understand how the SCAM works. Is he trying to hack into my Pay Pal?

    People are crazy.

    Chris.
     
    #1 -   Jun 3, 2013

    Please register to disable this ad.

  2. yd35

    yd35 Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    12 / 61
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Messages:
    744
    Location:
    NY
    After reading the post, I have no idea what is going on. However, being "out to sea" smells like BS to me.
     
    #2 -   Jun 3, 2013
  3. Nick

    Nick My name is Nick

    Rep/Likes:
    295 / 2,490
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2001
    Messages:
    13,721
    Location:
    behind you, don't wait up.
    Let's see ... "out to sea, pick up agent" and strange grammar.
    The fact that you're even doubting this as a scam is the really scary part. :D

    Sounds like he's trying to get your bike AND $850 out of you.



    edit: oh yea, tack 'western union' on that list. :rofl:
     
    #3 -   Jun 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2013
  4. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 10
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2003
    Messages:
    2,565
    Location:
    The Blackstone Valley
    :stupid:



    Scam. Just a slightly different take on the usual Western Union BS.
     
    #4 -   Jun 3, 2013
  5. IH8Rice

    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

    Rep/Likes:
    62 / 485
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2008
    Messages:
    24,856
    Location:
    Im over here now
    its a scam. ive gotten pretty much the same email 5-6 times throughout the years...all from pinkbike
     
    #5 -   Jun 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2013
  6. time-bomb

    time-bomb Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 10
    Joined:
    May 2, 2008
    Messages:
    951
    Location:
    right here -> .
    it's a scam. even if it weren't, I'd walk away from it anyway. if a buyer can't get their $hit together then it isn't worth your time. you're just walking into a long drawn out headache. wait it out, your bike will sell. as a buddy of mine once told me, "there's an a$$ for every seat". good luck w/the sale.
     
    #6 -   Jun 3, 2013
  7. boogenman

    boogenman Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    2 / 114
    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2004
    Messages:
    3,440
    Location:
    BUFFALO
    Clearly he is a sailor.

    Seems legit to me(complete sarcasm).
     
    #7 -   Jun 3, 2013
  8. nowlan

    nowlan Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 2
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2008
    Messages:
    496
    I realize its a SCAM, Im more curious as to what is the point of the SCAM? How would he SCAM me? Hes offering to put more money for shipping onto the asking price.

    The other email was very similar, buddy was from Malaysia but used a different shipping agent. Strange stuff.

    It was also a bit of a warning. The thing I thought strange about it was, the emails came from interests from two different ads on 2 different sites.
     
    #8 -   Jun 3, 2013
  9. bizutch

    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

    Rep/Likes:
    4 / 8
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2001
    Messages:
    15,980
    Location:
    Over your shoulder whispering
    Someone photoshop a Kenyan in a leisure suit with cigar riding an M9.

    Haters gonna Hate labeling required.
     
    #9 -   Jun 3, 2013
  10. time-bomb

    time-bomb Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    5 / 10
    Joined:
    May 2, 2008
    Messages:
    951
    Location:
    right here -> .
    lol, the image of that in my head makes me giggle.
     
  11. WestCoastHucker

    WestCoastHucker Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    40 / 173
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2003
    Messages:
    3,080
    Location:
    daydreaming about a new rhythm line.....
    if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, somebody is trying to fvck you...
     
  12. StabprimoMonkee

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 4
    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Messages:
    331
    Shady excuses, plus Western Union transaction request. Definitely a scam.

    Remember kids, never do a WU transaction with a person you are not absolutely certain of being trustworthy.
     
  13. Jim Mac

    Jim Mac MAKE ENDURO GREAT AGAIN

    Rep/Likes:
    32 / 281
    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    Messages:
    6,458
    Location:
    the middle east of NY
    Definitely the sailor in this group:
     
  14. bizutch

    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

    Rep/Likes:
    4 / 8
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2001
    Messages:
    15,980
    Location:
    Over your shoulder whispering
    Orrechio?
     
  15. kidwoo

    kidwoo Celebrating No-Pants Day

    Rep/Likes:
    158 / 1,507
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2003
    Messages:
    21,720
    Location:
    In my pants
    That was me you dolt.

    Now sell me your damn bike. "out to sea" is a euphamism for in the middle of a heroin binge.

    Have some compassion.

    I'll need your bank account number too. You can just post it in this thread.
     
    #15 -   Jun 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2013
  16. LMC

    LMC Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Messages:
    683
    Paypal are notoriously lax with people claiming they didnt recieve their goods and reversing the transaction, then you owe paypal the money and the scam artist has your bike. The $850 was maybe a confidence building thing.
     
  17. Jeremy R

    Jeremy R <b>x</b>

    Rep/Likes:
    43 / 372
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2001
    Messages:
    9,467
    Location:
    behind you with a snap pop
    He sends you a check for the asking price for your bike plus $850. You ship him the bike and send $850 to his agent. A week later the check does not clear and you have lost your bike and your $850 dollars.
    In other words, Afaafa is taking you snipe hunting, and your job is to hold the bag.
     
  18. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

    Rep/Likes:
    118 / 1,315
    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2002
    Messages:
    12,362
    Location:
    North Van
    Too many CAPITALS in this thread. Makes me NERVOUS.

    Buh-bye.
     
  19. demo 9

    demo 9 Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    9 / 45
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2007
    Messages:
    5,924
    Location:
    north jersey
    he will pay you with paypal (or can) when he picks up the bike, you have no proof that YOU shipped it. he says- "i didnt get it" and reverses the paypal. you give paypal this story how he had it picked up and blah blah blah. they side with him every time. This is the most basic paypal scam. If you try to ship it yourself or say its free-he will back out. If there is any proof that you did your end, the scam usually wont work, which is why its all on his side.

    run
     
  20. bigwheel

    bigwheel Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 3
    Joined:
    May 24, 2004
    Messages:
    119
    Location:
    Canada
    Tell him you're out to sea as well and will meet him there.