Originally Posted by OhTom
Another thing that seems to come up, especially if you are selling something, is they ask for your Paypal ID #. I ran into that so many times when I was selling a motorcycle. They said "I will have my agent stop by to look at it, and if he approves I will forward the money to your PayPal account immediately, I just need your full name and Pay Pal account number. " These were made via text or email. I would text them back with the most outlandish stuff just for fun- telling them to walk out into the street with their hands in the air, that they were under arrest under penal code #_____. They spoof everything including their phone numbers. I could never figure outhow they were going to get money just by having the account number...but , then "I am not a crook" to quote a famous man.
If you sell something to a person, and they pay you by Palpal, the money should be deposited in your Palpal account without any problems.
HOWEVER, if a third party picks up the item, Paypal's payment guarantee is void!
A friend almost was taken in by a "buyer" who wanted to pay by Paypal, and having his friend, who was passing thru Arizona, to pickup the boat. Paypal advised my friend that would not covered by their payment agreement,
It's a pity that there are so many crooks out there....and they all look like such nice people!
However, sometimes honest buyers do act like crooks! A man once came to look at a almost new Ford pickup I was selling for my sister-in-law. The PU had belonged to her late husband. The man took one look at the PU and said he would buy it! Now, i have never sold
any auto without the buyer at least starting the motor or test driving it.
So red flags popped up in my mind! Of course,when he wanted to pay with a Company check, and there was a laptop computer, plus a check writing machine sitting in his auto's front seat, more red flags popped up!
When I told him I wanted cash, he didn't get upset, just said he didn't carry that much money on him, but we could drive to his bank and get the money.
And that's what we did!