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Paypal scams/frauds – new way of scamming by using invoice method

Recently going through articles of PayPal scams using the invoicing method as one of my friend got caught in one of fraudulent deal,

For Buyers

Below article states the new technique frauds using these days,


Excerpt from above,

How it works:

Someone advertises his cell phone for sale on the some online market places like Kijiji and Facebook. The seller gets a message from a person interested in the product. The questions could be very legitimate such as: what is your last price, if the phone has scratches on it, if it still has warranty and also if you could send more pictures of the product.
The seller will answer the questions and then receive another question regarding how much the shipping would be to a particular location (address provided). Again, this is a very legitimate question. The seller would provide the buyer with the answer, and they will acknowledge that they want to buy the product and will pay the agreed price plus the shipping fees.
Next the “buyer” will ask the seller to send a PayPal invoice request to their e-mail address. The first thing that is suspicious is when they want to pay after receiving the merchandise, even if the “buyer” suggested to use PayPal which protects both the seller and the buyer. However the scam is that the seller receives an email from Paypal stating that the payment has been received and will be kept by PayPal until it is confirmed that the buyer receives of the product.

  • First step is that someone who has a Paypal account sends an electronic invoice to someone who has or does not have a PayPal account (the message would be send to the person’s email address and from there the recipient will set up a PayPal account to where the payment will be made). A PayPal account is connected to a chequing, savings or credit card account.
  • After the seller sends the request from his PayPal account to their email address, the status in his PayPal account regarding that transaction will be pending (as normal), which does not mean the money has been transferred to his bank accounts.
  • Please note: it is always safer to link your VISA/Mastercard/credit card to the PayPal account because if someone takes money from the Credit Card that person has more protection, but this is not the case for a chequing or savings account.

After the seller receives an e-mail back from PayPal confirming that the invoice has been received and the money has been transferred to seller’s PayPal account, they will still require the shipment of the product in order for them to release the payment.

But such a protocol does not exist with PayPal! Sellers should never ship the product until they have received the confirmation of the money being transferred to their bank account or credit card affiliated with PayPal.

Scam elements:

  • the seller receives a payment confirmation message, but it is actually coming from a fake PayPal website (which looks identical to the real one). The goal is for the “buyer” to scam the seller into shipping the product without paying anything for it.
  • the PayPal confirmation message is fake, and even if redirected to a PayPal website it is most likely a clone website; the messages received from the fake PayPal email address usually uses an email address such as: [email protected], or similar.
  • the fake PayPal message will address the buyer with: “Dear…..following the email address of the buyer” instead his/her real name, when it is a legitimate PayPal message it will always address the buyer by his/her complete name. The fake Paypal does not know the buyer’s full name but just the email address which it will use it for correspondence when the legitimate PayPal representatives know the buyer’s full name and personal details as having set up an account with them;
  • the “buyer” provides a real address where someone else, who is likely paid a small commission, will pick up the product and deliver it to the scammer. Or they could have set up a mail-forward service, which means that all the mail received at that address will be forwarded to another address which will be a post box, without any identification.

How could you prevent this scam?

  • This is a new scam and if you have any doubt about a transaction, look at the details closely, read, use your common sense and ultimately double check with the legitimate provider of the services even if you have to pay for a long distance call. It is cheaper than losing a significant amount of money by shipping your product and never receiving payment for it.
  • As mentioned above, it is safer to link your VISA/Mastercard/creditcard to your PayPal account because if someone takes money from your Credit Card you have more protection, but this is not the case for a chequing or savings account.

If above is not enough then below link gives an overview of a scenario which tells if buyer pays properly and seller sends a rock in box instead of actual article then it is very difficult to safeguard money, so always better to use Credit card for online payments in UK.


It is not always that buyers got scammed, sometimes sellers also get scammed and below is one such case,

For Sellers


Final verdict is: Use Paypal with linked CREDIT Card to get the best safety!

How to find information of a landline number in UK

Today I was struggling to find location of a landline number I have, I want this to confirm identity of a person, after lot of reasearch found following good links which can help locating a number. Apart from these free services there are paid websites which charges heftely to reveal identity of a number, I have not used them but various reference available online to get more advice.

Links which I found free and useful,

UK phone locator: Website which can tell the exact location of phone and the carrier,

BT phone directory:

Wiki How link:

Excerpt from above:

Below are some steps you can take to gather information surrounding and trace the subscriber details (name and address) behind a given UK home phone or mobile number. This can be useful if you’re receiving unwanted nuisance calls or harassing texts and need to track down who is behind it.

Start looking over BT whitepages. If you’re dealing with a landline number in the United Kingdom and trying to identify the owner’s name and address, the first place to start is looking over BT’s Whitepages. You can search a subject with as little as a surname and city/partial post code.

Identify the carrier. If you’re dealing with a mobile number, the first thing to do is identify the carrier of the mobile number in question. You can do this by visiting the locator or the mobile carrier list. Knowing the carrier of the offending number is a very helpful piece of information to have if you’re reporting a nuisance call to the police, and should be able to help them speed up the process of stopping the harassment.

Hire an investigator. If all else fails, there are professional private investigators who specialize in the reversal of unpublished UK landline and mobile numbers. (Examples include: http://www.phonesearchcentral.co.uk & http://www.investigativeresources.co.uk/)