Ebay Scam buyer and what to do about fees

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  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    I sold an item on ebay and it looked fishy.

    At first the buyer was said to be from Russia and I specifically declared no international buyers.

    I then get an email to ship the item to you guessed it, Nigeria. I think I got a spoofed ebay message saying that I was payed but the money would not be there until the buyer received a tracking number.

    I checked my paypal account and no payment at all.

    Before I can report the buyer ebay notofied me saying the buyer was not registered.

    HERE IS MY CONCERN AND QUESTION ( caps for emphases)

    Therefore, I re-listed but noticed that I'm being charged selling fees for the attempted scam purchase. Is this right? Should I not be getting charged since I did not sell the item?

    Below is a paypal email that looks scam-a-docious

    The PayPal verification team needs to confirm the shipment of the item to to the buyers preferred address for the funds to be credited to your account.

    Forward shipment tracking number to easymoneytransaction@mail2pal.com

    We have rigorously examined and confirmed the Payment to be VALID.
    Go ahead and create the shipment to the buyers desired shipping address in Nigeria only.

    Name: Afeez Lawal
    Address: 10, Olanrewaju St,
    State: Lagos
    Code: 100007
    Country: Nigeria.
    Phone: 07051134933

    Held funds can only be released to your account after shipment has been verified.

    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 tracking number is confirmed by our shipment verification unit easymoneytransaction@mail2pal.com so as to secure both the buyer and the seller.

    PayPal Account Review Department
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Post the headers from that email. My guess is the email is forged. I have never seen an email from PayPal like that.

    Do _not_ ship the item. Notify eBay so they are aware, and ask them about the fees.
  3. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008

    The header reads...***Tracking Number Required for Account Crediting***
  4. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    No, that's a subject line. The headers of the email look cryptic and you could have 20-50 lines in there. In some clients, you need to go into an advanced view to see them.
  5. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    You need to report the attempted scam and yes, the auction was ended successfully according to ebay so you get charged listing fees.
  6. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    But i'm being charged selling fees. My balance is $65 and I have not sold one item yet.
  7. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008

    Sorry, I did not see this response...

    Here it is I think...

    Received: from [] by omp207.mail.sp1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 25 Jun 2010 22:00:59 -0000
    X-Yahoo-Newman-Property: ymail-5
    X-Yahoo-Newman-Id: 915937.10504.bm@omp207.mail.sp1.yahoo.com
    Received: (qmail 79247 invoked by uid 60001); 25 Jun 2010 22:00:59 -0000
    DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=yahoo.com; s=s1024; t=1277503259; bh=OTDem1w/I88kZIq5jAxamBZxLTT8NRCTsVRtvhSB+CY=; h=Message-ID:X-YMail-OSG:Received:X-RocketYMMF:X-Mailer:Date:From:Reply-To:Subject:To:MIME-Version:Content-Type; b=HBpxcvWrM+D10OuPT1s1YEDZXUPa1fxp1B/e3qKrAMhlrvbEMxztO2X7jZ8K+PUDsrIrMQGnnUpo7i5U+sTemgJ/6KNk4PU38hU3Sou1WxYQO1Uu9NZ2i2c5OPqnYRGWysKfJ1PotHaIs/j8didoOrabYPEz2+437TW/Wem0N2k=
    Message-ID: <660381.77777.qm@web43414.mail.sp1.yahoo.com>
    X-YMail-OSG: Fdzuhs8VM1mNhnZrQt.4Xm5JZruIwXK2D.RIL1RggKmxWfS
    Received: from [] by web43414.mail.sp1.yahoo.com via HTTP; Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:00:59 PDT
    X-RocketYMMF: servicepaypal11
    X-Mailer: YahooMailClassic/11.1.4 YahooMailWebService/
    Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:00:59 -0700 (PDT)
    From: "service@paypal.com" <easymoneytransaction@mail2pal.com>
    Reply-To: easymoneytransaction@mail2pal.com
    Subject: ***Tracking Number Required for Account Crediting***

    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="0-1972565870-1277503259=:77777"
  8. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    That's it. They are spoofing the source email address:

    Received: from [] by web43414.mail.sp1.yahoo.com via HTTP;
    So it was sent through Yahoo via HTTP. If it came from PayPal, this would say "via SMTP"

    From: "service@paypal.com" <easymoneytransaction@mail2pal.com>
    Reply-To: easymoneytransaction@mail2pal.com
    See, they spoofed the from address field above. They entered "service@paypal.com" but the reply-to is back to them. This means that PayPal didn't send you this notice. They did and pretended to be PayPal in order to trick you into sending the goods.

    I'd report this to both PayPal and eBay, including the mail headers. At the very least, you may get your listing fees refunded/waived.
  9. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    Thanks! Wow...scamdocious!!!!
  10. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    Does that phone number work?

    *edit* No international calls may be made from this line.

    DAMMIT! lol

    Somebody else try. +234 07051134933

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