I had a 'rather interesting' person posing as a buyer to a classified (furniture) I posted. The person has been dealt with after I reported them, I didn't fall for it, but someone might. Hence, I thought I post the email exchange after the initial pm here (there is a bit of entertainment value as well....
The 'buyer' pm-ed me asking me to email more pictures, after I did, I got this reply:
Thanks for your quick response, I've seen the pictures and I'm fine with the price What is the current state that you need to know.
Not sure about what they wanted to know, I refrained from being flippant and tell them about my state (somewhat vintage, but in good nick) and told them that the pictures were taken last weekend....
Then I got this email:
Thanks for your reply. I am (name removed) of the United States, but stay in Dubai, I am fine with the price and condition you gave me and I will pay through PayPal.So I will pay directly into your PayPal account without wasting time, and I hope you have one Paypal account and if you can not easily create your PayPal account on your website at (pishing link removed) and send me your PayPal email for payment, you do not have to bother about shipping. I will instruct a courier agent to come and pick you up at your door, when I have to have paid.
Great, this has 'scam written allover it, so I told them cash on pick up only. I thought this was it, but they topped it with this gem:
I insist on paypal since I do not have access to my online bank account, I do not have internet banking and I can not enter the Bank due to the nature of my work, but I can pay in my paypal account, as my bank a / c Attached to it, I need you to give me your PayPal email address so I can make the payments as soon as possible for the item and pls if you do not have PayPal account, however, it is very easy to set up and go to (pishing link removed) and get it after you have just put the e-mail address you use for paypal registration enter money through
This is when I reported them.
For those who don't know:
The scam is, someone pays you via Paypal, they pick up the goods and then file a claim for 'goods not received'. You have nothing to prove that they picked them up.
Hope you enjoyed the emails