Craigslist - this a scam?

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  1. jntdroid

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    Actually I'm sure it's a scam, I just don't get how it works...

    You get a message that says, "Hey I want your thing for my son/daughter/brother/whomever, but they live/work/study overseas. I'm willing to send you the money via paypal, and extra for shipping. If you can send me your paypal email, I'll get it to you asap."

    What I don't understand is how they can do anything with just your paypal email...
     
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    They have a way of using your PayPal email to prices it as a charge to you as if you are the one buying something.

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    I'd report it as suspicious.

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    They wait until they get a shipping confirmation and then withdrawal the funds from your paypal. Then you don't have your item and you will more than likely be on the hook for the shipping also. Craigslist has a disclaimer to only deal with locals. In this case it is let the seller beware.

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    This.

    They also have a way where it's wired to a bank account with "temporary" money in it. They'll take out the money as soon as you ship the goods and all the info given through paypal is fake.

    When on Craigslist, buy in person. When buying in person, bring a buddy or a well populated area in daylight. Avoid meeting at night, gets kinda sketchy
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'm real experienced with Craigslist, just never knew how this scam worked!

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    definitely a scam, anything to do with overseas is normally a sign
     
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    I hope none of us know how these scams work from experience (scammer or scammed). I heard about it on the news and then read around that's how it works.
     
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    I've bought and sold plenty of stuff on Craigslist. Always kept it local, in person, and used cash. Haven't had a problem yet. Like the others said if it doesn't seem right then it isn't.

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    I've only sold one thing using craigslist in person, and I told her to meet me in front of a bank so I could deposit the cash right away (and make sure the bills wer real :p).
     
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    Craig's List is evil. It's full of rip off artist, people cheating on their spouses, murderers. I see nothing good about Craig's List at all.
     
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    Scam