I sold an item on Ebay and the purchaser made the payment but did not pay for the P&P and he is in Belgium. I sent him a message requesting the p&p and he asked for my bank details, I gave him the sort code and account no. Now he says the bank in Belgium need my name and address too. Is this safe to give out? Does it sound a bit dodgy - he has paid over £250.00 for the item I sold!
You need to give him the IBAN n° and ideally the BIC/Swift code, UK sort code absolutely no use to anyone abroad. There's nothing dodgy about him asking for your details, the more he has to give to the bank the less likely anything is to go astray. You are a suspicious lot! And I thought my mum was paranoid.
That said, complete IBAN + BIC on their own should be sufficient for him to send funds.
Agree with Paypal and crap exchange rate. That said, it costs me 21 euros to send a non Euro bank transfer (when are the UK going to join the euro????!!!), so sometimes the crappy exchange rate is better.
Yes, all transactions I've had with Belgium, France and Germany have involved bank transfers. Very rarely is Paypal offered and it tends only to be a last resort.
That said he should be able to make an additional payment using just your email address. Maybe you should try confirming the email address to be used to him. Or even issue and another invoice for the missing money?