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PayPal Scam Alert

Friday 24 July 2009, by

In an effort to keep the community safe on Gumtree, we will update you with any new scamming methods we come across on the internet so that you are aware when dealing in a free market environment.

One popular scamming method currently being used is where the scammer offers to pay the amount via PayPal. When the amount comes through to the seller, it is £0.00. The scammer then states that PayPal is holding the funds until you send the goods to the buyer. You may even receive emails from PayPal that look real, but they are actually fakes. Please forward any suspicious emails to PayPal.

How to avoid this scam:

•    PayPal does not hold funds until an item is sent.
•    Beware of fake PayPal emails – always check with PayPal if you are unsure.
•    Always trade face to face when buying items on Gumtree.

Above all, go with your gut. If you don’t feel good about this transaction, just walk away.


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