PayPal for international buyers?

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  1. NYR99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007

    I put my iPhone on Craigslist today and someone from Nigeria offered to buy it from me for $720.*

    Hey said he would give me the money via PayPal (which I read is pretty safe, and I have used it before) and once I got a payment confirmation he said then I could ship it out.*

    Do you think this is a scam? *What do you suggest I do? *
    Also, how much would it be to ship an iPhone to Nigeria? *

    Thank You
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
  3. NYR99 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
    Yaaaa. That's what I thought. Anyone else care to chime in?
  4. juanm macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Somebody posted a horror story about PayPal the other day, the short answer is that the buyer in Nigeria will report that you never shipped the phone and PayPal will take the money back. PP always seems to side with buyers, not sellers, and the whole thing will turn into a nightmare.

    So yes, it's a scam. Stay clear of it.
  6. fernandovalente macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2008
    Third world **** hole, I mean, Brazil
    Here's what I would do:

    I would sell it, then when the payment has got confirmed, I would withdraw the money from the account, then I would send him the iPhone.

    NOTE: I'm not responsible for anything you do.
  7. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Not a good idea. They can definitely set your balance into the negatives and pursue means to collect the due balance if left unpaid.

    Not everything in Nigeria is a scam; I've sold and sent a few items to that nation with no issues. But for popular stuff that's both valuable worldwide and easy-to-find on the internet, someone offering you a price so far beyond normal screams scam.
  8. NYR99 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
    ...i'm selling locally.

    BTW, this are the emails he sent me:

    Him: is this for sale?get back to me asap

    Me: Yes it is.

    Him: Hello i really appreciate your response to my earlier mail. like i
    >> said i will like to buy this item so pls do withdraw the advert from
    >> Craigslist.and i want to use the medium to tell you i wont be able to
    >> come and inspect the item or pay for it i cash,that is why i brought
    >> up this idea though i am a united states citizen i am willing to buy
    >> this item as a soon as possible,However am buying this for a son as
    >> Birthday gift, i would appreciate if you allow me to pay through
    >> paypal and i will add $120 as shipping cost..However if you don't have
    >> pay pal account you can just log on to and set up an
    >> account it is free easy and secure to pay and receive money through
    >> paypal.get back to me asap.

    Me: So you will pay $720 for it?

    Him: Here is my son shipping address below
    Abolaji Erinola
    No5, Adeoyo State Hospital Road,
    Oyo state,

    so get back to me with your paypal email address so that i can make
    the payment and you will able to ship the item as soon you get my
    paymennt confirmation.Thanks

    Hope to read from you soon

    Me: I'm not too sure about this, I've heard about a lot of scams from Nigeria...

    Then he never responded again. lol
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Not surprised at his response. :)

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