I have sold a lot of things online over the years and have seen all kinds of scams. I’m writing this post because I just ran into an old scam while trying to sell something on Craigs List.. This most important thing you can do when selling things online is to watch out for red flags. If it is too good to be true it is. The biggest flag is if somebody wants to pay full price and wants fast shipping. If you are selling on a craigslist type of site be very wary of somebody that does not haggle. Bad English is a big red flag as well. Shipping out of the country is also a huge red flag. Copy the first sentence or two of the offer they make to you into Google with quotes around it. This will catch the really stupid scammers.
Here is an email I got today. It has red flags all over it.
Thanks for the prompt response..I fully understand the condition of
what i am buying. I’m ready to buy it now for my personal use but am
not local and due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and
visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check
this advert and send you an email regarding it.Note that you will not
be responsible for shipping and handling. My shipping company will
come to your location for the pick up. Kindly provide me your name
and full address so i can forward it to the shipping company to
calculate the cost of pick up for me. And concerning the payment, i
will prefer PayPal because i don’t have access to my bank account
online as i don’t have internet banking but i can pay from my PayPal
account because i have my bank account attached to it. I will also
need you to give me your PayPal email address so i can make the
payments immediately and if you don’t have an account with PayPal yet,
it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.com and get it set
up, after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you
use for registration with PayPal so as to deposit the fund. So get
back to me with the following details:
Your Full Name:
The Pick Up Address including Zip Code:
Your PayPal email address for the payment.
Thanks and in anticipation of your response.