Does this sound like a scam? Ebay question

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  1. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

    gadgetgirl85

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    I had my MBP up on ebay as Australia only. The guy asked me to change it as he was in Indonesia but his ebay was that he was from the UK. Has 72 good feedback. Won the item, paid the money on paypal and now the money is being investigated and his name is entirely different to what he wanted it sent to in Indonesia. Does this sound like a scam?
     
  2. zirkle2007 macrumors 6502

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    I've had similar things happen. Usually turns out their account got stolen and used to purchase something. Thats why I ditched eBay and PayPayl!
     
  3. hayduke macrumors 65816

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    It would worry me. There are a few possibilities.

    1) He has hi-jacked someone's PayPal.
    2) He will claim his own PayPal was hi-jacked, get the charge reversed, but only after he has your computer.
    3) It is legit, but like I said it would worry me.

    Rather than eBay I would try to sell it on the Aussie equivalent of CraigsList (USA) or trademe (NZ). Face-to-face with cash.
     
  4. cbrain macrumors 65816

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    If it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, and it waddles like a duck, then it probably is one.
     
  5. Melrose macrumors 604

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    Given your description, there's definitely something up with the guy, yeah.

    Be careful.
     
  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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  7. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    I call scam on this. Not that foreign people are untrustworthy, but I've found that 99% of the time when someone tries to buy an item off ebay and says can you post to a country like Indonesia etc, then it's a scam.
     
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I would tend to agree with this as well.
     
  9. gadgetgirl85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Now I'm even more convinced. I asked if he could answer to paypal so they could resolve the claim and he tried to put ANOTHER 2000 into my account under someone elses name!
     
  10. ::Lisa:: macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like a scam. I won't send to anywhere else than what is registered on eBay/PayPal and has a verified account. I always worry about chargebacks, especially when it's a lot of money to loose.
     

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