Scam and Fraud
If you are trying to sell something be aware of possible scams or fraud. I posted an advert on Deuxieme Main and on GoCar in the Vlan to sell a car. I got a number of replies which were fraudulent. One was from a person supposedly in New Zealand who wanted to buy the car for his daughter. He said that he would pay via PayPal. A day later I received another email, supposedly from PayPal advising me that the money had been transferred. I checked my PayPal account and of course there had been no money transferred. The email also stated that the buyer was including money to pay for the shipping and that I should send this money via Western Union to the shipping company in Hamburg. If I did that then the money for the car would go into my account. I checked with PayPal and they suggested that I send all of the emails to them at Spoof@paypal.com which I did. Another supposed buyer was in Paris and a broker in U.K. Interestingly they all wanted to communicate only by email. I asked them all to contact me by phone but of course that gives me their number, so I received no calls. The email from Paris was in French. The other two were in English. The English was good, but obviously not written by a native speaker of English. There were several mistakes in word usage or in grammar, so it was relatively easy to see that this was not coming from a company like Paypal. Although the emails appeared to be from Paris, New Zealand and U.K., I suspect they were all actually from the same person. So, beware, and don’t give anything away before you have the cash in your hand.