(Topic ID: 184706)

Opinion Needed - Possible Paypal Scam

By MrSanRamon

2 years ago

Topic Stats

  • 22 posts
  • 16 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 2 years ago by vid1900
  • Topic is favorited by 1 Pinsider


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    #1 2 years ago

    I receive this email from a person who wants to buy a machine from me. Only contact is via email.

    I believe it to be a scam, opinions please.


    Email (note last name missing from signature):

    okay , i can understand and i am good to deal with your firm price (xxxx),I'm sorry, i should really call/text you but the nature of my job don't allow me to make or receive calls, i can't be seen doing that else i'm putting my job on the line. I hope you understand me i am right now at the military Base. I will have you paid via PayPal as all my 2 accounts are linked to PayPal, moreso PayPal is the only means i can get you paid and you don't have to worry about the shipment, i will contact my transport company, the company will have it picked up as soon as the payment is made and been cleared into your account.do get back to me with your paypal email address and name ... Hope to hear from you soon.

    Sgt. Michael (USAF) 355th Fighter Wing on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

    #3 2 years ago

    I would just call the base and ask to speak with sgt michael. Im sure he would like to hear how some scammer is using his name and rank to scam people.

    #4 2 years ago

    If he pays with Paypal he can file dispute. If he "gifts" money with Paypal, he can file a dispute with the credit card company. It's a potential lose/lose with someone that can't make a phone call but can buy pinball machines via Paypal.

    #5 2 years ago

    I, up until recently worked and lived on a military base in the Middle East for the last 5 years.

    -ask him this exact question...."what is your AFSC and what is your skill level?" Feel free to PM me with the answer and I can assist with validation. If he won't answer, it's a scam. There is zero secrecy in that question and does not cause a conflict or issues of security.

    #6 2 years ago

    Scam, interesting social engineering there. Give you a 'trust-able' job/name but an inconcievable set of circumstances. Plenty of people on base can get to phones, and even fewer have room for a pinball machine. Just ignore and read Vid's scam guide

    #8 2 years ago

    How to scam 101 : Dear mr/mrs so and so, I am the most honest trustable person in the world. Believe me. Unfortunately I'm currently in a place, so can't do normal things. Please trust me and do things you shouldn't or wouldn't normally, remember I'm the most unfortunately circumstanced honest person to ever live.

    Appreciate your vapid trust,

    Honest scammer

    #9 2 years ago

    Run, don't walk away from this deal. At least he didn't use the term "agent".

    #12 2 years ago

    If you have to ask, then it's a scam..

    Kinda along the same vein as "If it's too good to be true, it probably is."

    #13 2 years ago

    I have been to many military bases in my career, and there has always been a phone around somewhere.



    #14 2 years ago

    I would play along and have him send his "shipper" to a Burger King or something.

    #15 2 years ago

    I'm in the Air Force, and the dead giveaway is 'Air Force Base.' We're too damn lazy to type that. It's just AFB.

    #16 2 years ago
    Quoted from Mudflaps:

    I'm in the Air Force, and the dead giveaway is 'Air Force Base.' We're too damn lazy to type that. It's just AFB.

    Ha, ha...

    #18 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Looks legit to me!

    He's from the government and here to help me out...

    #19 2 years ago

    He's a scamster for sure!

    #20 2 years ago

    Isn't there an online registry for most government personal? If so look him up there.

    #21 2 years ago

    Air Force would not signoff as "Sgt." would they? Should be Ssgt, Tsgt, Msgt, etc.

    Send that one on a trip, like they do over at 419eater.com. My favorite forums besides here to browse for entertainment. The people there are heros to me.

    #22 2 years ago

    There is nothing to look up or identify.

    This is a common scam.

    No need to waste any thoughts on it at all.

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