I just want to share with you what I experienced yesterday. As some of you may know, I run an online shop and recently I got an order from the US for a pre-owned Nokia 6500 that I just posted in Sulit.ph.
I got the chance to chat with the buyer to settle the deal, yada yada. I have sent her a money request via PayPal and she immediately paid it and had it delivered to Nigeria (I was like, "Why in Nigeria??")
Being a seller for almost 3 years as of writing first thing I checked was if her email address was verified - it's not and so I thought, if anything more suspicious comes around, I'm not pushing through with the transaction, it was also a must to check the transaction ID with PayPal, not any link provided by the e-mail I received. Upon checking, the transaction ID was not found, that's when I got more suspicious.
I googled the e-mail address of the sender to see if it had been involved with fraud and what-not and when I found none, I then googled one interesting thing that they wanted me to do, to ship the item and e-mail them directly for the tracking number (the email was very assuring - I must say overly assuring - that the payment was credited from her account). And so I searched within PayPal if there was any option for the buyer to pend the payment and wait for the tracking number before PayPal credits the whole amount to my account - I found none! I searched Google further and found an article in eBay bout this new scam.
I'm just so thankful that my intuition and experience helped me with this transaction ^_^"
Here is a pic of the fraudulent email:
I hope you don't experience this >.<