Monday, April 29, 2013
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I'm seeing an awful lot of traffic here lately from people looking for information on Kijiji paypal scams. People are thankfully suspicious enough about the people offering to buy their stuff that they search the names of the senders. They end up hear learning about the fraud they just avoided.
If you get an email from a Lisa Macedo, or a Mary Cole, or Julie Chen or any of the other made-up names offering to buy your item without seeing it, asking you to ship it because they're in a foreign place and can't see what you're selling, it IS a scam.
I'm not saying it might be a scam or that you should proceed with caution. I'm saying it's a fraud, it's baloney, it's entirely bogus and you should absolutely not proceed.
According to comments on a post from YouSuckatKijiji.com more than a year ago, some of the fake names used over and over again by these scammers include but are not limited to:
- Julie Chen or Julie-mansor Chen - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for example
- Mike Goodrich - MikeGoodrichw1@gmail.com
- Veronica Wilson - email@example.com
- Charlie-Carter Morgan
- Mary Cole
Here's the sort of email you might get:
"Thanks for the response Does it need anything to be replace or repair?if theirs please specify,i will take it for the listed price,Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well.I will arrange with someone to have this picked up for your location once i have paid as i am out of town at the moment. I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too,since i won't be be able to see this in person,what's the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP. "
If you landed here because you searched for any of the text above: congratulations. You're the target of fraud.
You might also get a Paypal offer by text message for your Kijiji listing. Be smart. Don't fall for it.
Remember: Deal in person. Deal locally. Use cash.
Understand? If you ship to someone you don't know without having real cash money in your hand, you are a fool. Don't do it. These scams are easy to avoid. Avoid them.