Feel like a scam to you?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mavrick1903, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. mavrick1903 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Thanks for you reply,i am located in Remsenburg city
    in NY,i really need to buy this and send to my
    son schooling outside the state as a gift .I have
    been trying to buy this on ebay but its so very stressful
    buying on ebay.I will offer you $XXX so as to close the
    auction as soon as possible.I will be paying through PAYPAL
    because i have a verified account with paypal.So kindly get back with
    your paypal email address so i can make payment into your paypal
    account.Once payment clears,shipment will be handled by me through my
    personal fedex account,so you dont have to pay for
    shipment.Get back to me if my approval is granted.I would like to see
    the pictures please.

    The interested party to my CraigsList posting to sell my 8gb 3g iPhone is offering to pay $30 over my asking price. Does this feel like a scam to anyone else? what should I watch for? how do I make sure I dont end up without a payment or phone. I have a paypal account, but I'm used to paying, not reciving money. I dont know how protected I would be for her pulling the $$ back.

  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    This smells like week old fish, OP. I would find another buyer.
  3. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
    Scam. Scambulance. Scammy Davis jr. Scam O Rama.
  4. iggypod macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
  5. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
  6. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

    Rajani Isa

    Jun 8, 2010
    Isn't it sad?

    Paypal used to be a good way to handle purchases (it seems), now it means that it's more likely to be a scam.
  7. mavrick1903 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Thanks all for the quick replies.

    Thanks for your deft responce Cheeto. ;)
  8. NYDiplomat macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2010
    I sold a ipod and itouch on CL and in both of those transactions i did not get there story why they wanted to buy the product.
  9. xenuprime macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2008
    Yep, it's a scam.

    They will send you the money, get the phone, make a claim against you with paypal and get their Money back.
  10. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2009
    Anyone offering to pay more than you asking for is trying to scam you. Forget it!!! :eek:
  11. xenuprime macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2008
    I suggest stringing them along and messing with them for about a week if you have a few minutes to spare out of your day. It is fun and I figure if they are busy with you, these scumbags might miss scamming someone else:D
  12. weirdlilwoman macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2010
  13. Goldcard macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    St. Paul, MN
    I have a related question - I just sold a couple iphone 3G's on ebay and had the buyers pay with paypal. This new "holding of funds" until the buyer receives the product is a little sketchy. Any ideas on how to mitigate potential scams through paypal?

    I plan to ship the phones via fedex with a tracking number and requiring a signature upon receipt of the phone. Any other recommendations from people who may or may not have had problems before? Thanks!
  14. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    Spit some milk out after reading Rotobadger, weirdlilwoman, and RonHC's replies. In a good way.
  15. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    remembered for ever like
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  16. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    One paypal scam someone tried to pull on me is they send an email to your account that looks just like a paypal email, but if you check your account the money was not actually deposited. It is simple to figure out, but they only need to trick a minute amount of people to make big money.

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