Ebay or Paypal Scam - Make sure you dont become a scam victim!

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Scam #4 - "Ebay Scam or Paypal Scam"

This scam is one where they send you an email confirmation saying "Thank you for buying the item" or that money was transferred from your paypal account, etc. The bottom line is they want you to panic and believe something was incorrectly charged to you, or money was taken from you. They want you to sign on and enter your password or other information. Again, do not click the email link as this is simply another scam attempt. Go to your bookmarks and sign on separately from email if you really want to signon to the site, and you will see there is no such transaction as the fake email was trying to make you believe.

The second biggest paypal scam is they actually DO deposit money for you, and you send the product and they then claim it wasn't received. They had asked you to send it to a separate address for whatever reason they come up with. This is a MAJOR SCAM because paypal will not protect you if you send to an address that was not a verified paypal address. Many dont know this, and the scammer is banking on you not knowing! BEWARE! Paypal will refund their money no questions asked and they will simply keep your product.

The bottom line is simple. You can avoid almost all these types of scams by using common sense. Since Ebay and Paypal are financial related sites, they assume they can make you fall for fake emails by saying you bought something, bid on something, were charged or refunded, etc., whatever it takes to get you to click and logon to the fake email link they send you.
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Just follow 4 simple rules and you can avoid most scam attempts online:

  • If you get a check or money order over the internet, always confirm 4 to 5 days later by calling your bank to confirm any check or money order has "cleared" before sending any product. The bank will always tell you if it has cleared, wait for that.
  • Never wire money over the internet to someone ever. It doesn't matter what their excuse is, dont do it.
  • Don't open email attachments. This is how they spread viruses. Its easily faked, and easily can have embedded malware and viruses.
  • Never click website links in email. EVER. Use your bookmarks to go to bank websites, etc. (Email links are easily faked, so make it a rule!)

    If you need my help, you can also post a detailed explanation with the scam information here before you do anything. I review these posts often and will give you my opinion on your situation. Just make sure your post includes all details.

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