If anyone is very familiar with selling via Paypal, I could really use your help! I've never sold anything before on Paypal, and for my first sale I need to make sure that I'm not being scammed. I'm a little wary of this one, since the seller (who lives here) wants me to ship the item overseas as a gift for a friend. Anyway I told her that I'd ship it as long as I receive payment first. So, I sent her a payment request via Paypal, and sure enough I get an e-mail saying that the payment has been sent and is being held by Paypal. All I have to do is ship the item before they deposit my money. Is that the way this always works? I got the following e-mail: This is to confirm to you that we have received your payment of $***.00 USD from ********** for FaceBook item: ******** The money has now been deducted from the buyer's account and is ready to be deposited into your account. It will be debited into your PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org) account as soon as we receive the shipping reference / tracking number from you. The number is to be sent to (email@example.com). PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAYMENT WILL NOT APPEAR IN THE "PENDING" TAB IN YOUR ACCOUNT UNTIL YOU SEND THE SHIPPING REFERENCE NUMBER TO US. This is due to new policies at PayPal to protect both the buyer and the seller in the face of the growing number of fraudulent activities perpetrated via the internet. Your payment is intact. You are encouraged to complete this transaction. Here at PayPal you can be assured that your security and safety is our topmost concern. If you have questions about this payment for your sold item or service, please contact PayPal directly by replying to this email. Your query will be answered promptly . We hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for using PayPal! The PayPal Team Of course it also has the official-looking Paypal logo and banner at the top and the "Paypal Verified" seal and other info at the bottom, but I'm still not convinced...Because: I replied to the e-mail address they wanted me to send the tracking info to (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to verify this, and the e-mail was immediately returned (multiple times) saying the address was "temporarily inactive". Can anyone tell if this is legit? Is it an elaborate scam or is Paypal just somewhat sketchy? Thanks!