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Paypal Scam Tricks Sellers Into Thinking They Got Paid

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A scam is targeting online sellers by combing sites like eBay and Craiglist for victims.It makes you think you've gotten paid through a bogus Paypal email. A scam is targeting online sellers by combing sites like eBay and Craiglist for victims.It makes you think you've gotten paid through a bogus Paypal email.
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A scam is targeting online sellers by combing sites like eBay and Craiglist for victims.

It makes you think you've gotten paid through a bogus Paypal email.

You ship the goods, and have nothing to show for it.

After going through a divorce, Keri Carson decided had a plan for how to settle her debt on her own.

"You know, I just wanted things to get back normal," she said.

The now single mother tried to sell the only item she had left from her marriage, her engagement ring.

"It was worth 1100," she said.

She was hoping she'd find a local buyer on Craigslist. Over several weeks the only person that showed interest wanted it shipped abroad and offered to pay all costs through Paypal.

The buyer sent her an email with a subject line that read "notification of an instant payment."

"When I checked the email it looked exactly like it was from Paypal. When I set up my paypal account they were pretty much identical," said Carson.

We showed the email to Lesley Cadden who has used Paypal for 15 years. She highlighted how you can tell the difference.

"The biggest red flag is the branding.. The branding's not right, the logos don't even match what they really are.

It's not punctuated right. And it says in order for you to receive your money you have to provide a tracking number and that's not correct."

"I'm quite mad. You know, once I learned I was like, this is ridiculous, you know, I was hoping to make a little bit of money for me and my daughter and now I've lost everything," said Carson.

The real solution here is to make sure you do one important thing before ever shipping an item you sell online. Paypal says check the Transaction History. If there's no funds in the account don't ship.

Carson tracked the package and she learned it's in Nigeria.

"I've had several people in Greenville that are wanting it asking if I can meet them and I'm like, if only I'd just been a little smarter you know done the research, but that's what I get."

She's out more than $1000 but she hopes for you, her story is invaluable.

If you think you've received a bogus Paypal email the company asks that you forward it with the original header information to: spoof@paypal.com.

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