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Weirdy Paypal message, is this spoof or normal?

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Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 06:06:34

I thought I knew a fair bit about all this but I just got an email that concerned me.

Can anyone help?

It's about a recent transaction which was paid by e-cheque as the user is new and has only, I presume, registered a bank account, not a back up source such as card etc.

anyway, she sent the e cheque the other day.

This morning I got an email from paypal, saying I needed to remember to claim the payment, as otherwise it would be returned as unclaimed. It said they were sending me this as I was a high volume seller and made over $10.000 dollars a month [hhmm] which is just quite funny. I probably make a hundred quid in a good month, but never near that.

It had a link to click on as well and looked like a normal paypal email, not suspect immediately.
I didn't click and forwarded it to spoof, for them to check, but then I logged into my paypal account and saw that the payment was still described as 'uncleared', not 'unclaimed' and that I simply have to wait a few days for it to clear. I don't need to claim it.

Any thoughts?

Wallace Sun 02-Nov-08 06:41:39

sounds spoof to me+. Was it addresed to you by name?

MrsMagooo Sun 02-Nov-08 06:48:04

Does sound a bit sus.

Did it use your name or your Ebay name?

Generally id they don't use any kind of name at all then it's Spoof.

Well done for forwarding it to Spoof & not clicking on the link - I was eejit & learnt the hard way not to click on any links hmm

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 07:41:24

Thanks, yes it was addressed by my name like the usual paypal ones.

It had the correct info like the buyer's email address etc etc, as well - unless they have had their account hijacked I am leaning towards thinking it was a cock up by paypal rather than a phishing thingy. They haven't replied to the spoof thing yet so I don't know.

MrsMagooo - how did you get stung? Sorry to hear that.

SparklyGothKat Sun 02-Nov-08 07:45:29

I'm sure that IB had this the other day.. hang on will find it...

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 07:46:14

Thankyou SGK

SparklyGothKat Sun 02-Nov-08 07:46:46


Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 07:50:37

Thanks a lot for that - have answered that thread hoping she has now had her payment cleared.

Either paypal has sent this to loads of people, or someone else very clever is mucking about...hmm

Will let you know if I can speak to them tomorrow. I like ringing the call centre, they are all so...Irish.

I mean I like the accent. smile

SharpMolarBear Sun 02-Nov-08 09:11:03

You do have to claim payments though don't you? Unless you upgrade your account in which case it's done for you.
Don't take my word for this as I've only sold 2 or 3 thingss ever!

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 09:26:40

Lol SMB! smile

It's not normal, no. I've been a seller for a few years and you only have to claim a payment if your account isn't set up properly - once it is, they just arrive automatically. Say, if I sent money to a new ebayer and their paypal account wasn't yet verified, they might have to do something first to claim the payment - or it comes back to me after a few weeks.

My account's been verified for yonks, and there's no way I ever sell that much - it looks like sGK was right and other people are getitng this email as well, so will ring paypal tomorrow and see what they have got to say for themselves.

SharpMolarBear Sun 02-Nov-08 09:32:29

That must have been it then, sorry

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 09:45:09

Lol thanks for helping anyway! tis always nice to talk to you smile

justneedsomesleep Sun 02-Nov-08 09:52:05

Hi, I got this e-mail too as a buyer paid by e-cheque. I am assuming it's because she is a relatively new buyer on e-bay and it says that you can end up paying this way because you haven't yet assigned a debit or credit card to your account (which is fair enough if you're still getting to grips with it).

DO NOT click on the link, it's ridiculous - that I am earning more than $10,000.00 USD per month!!! I wish! The fact that it's in dollars and it's from is suspicious.

I checked my paypal account and the amount from this buyer is pending (little timer thingy) and will go straight in when cleared. No need to do anything.
When you log in to paypal, read up on the fraudulent e-mails and then forward the one you recived to paypal and then delete it from your inbox.

Hope this helps.

P x

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 10:08:51

Thanks smile

Have deleted it and forwarded it - I might go and read up about the spoof things though as it might say something.

I agree the dollars thing is a bit suss.

Will let you know if I get any joy from them x

MrsMagooo Sun 02-Nov-08 11:14:16

FA I foolishly clicked on a link some months ago - the email was so good I honestly had no idea it was a spoof.

Needless to say my Ebay account got hacked - thankfully as I log in several times a day I caught it pretty damn quick & Ebay customer services were beyond excellent & sorted eveything for be within half an hour!

Needless to say I am now very wary & suspect everything lol!

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 12:59:55

Gosh shock

I am really pleased it got sorted quickly. That must have been a real shock. I always thought the emails would look dodgy - used to get about one a day from some nutters, they always looked daft, nothing like the real ones.

I'll watch out in future, thanks x

sarah573 Sun 02-Nov-08 15:30:26

My mum has just had exactly the same email. Her account has been set up for ages and all verified etc, we've decided it must be a spoof. Bit scary they have all your details through.

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 15:39:37

Hmm. This does sound a bit freaky actually. It's a v good copy if it is a spoof.

I'll just go and see if anyone's talking about it on the ebay boards.

AbbeyA Sun 02-Nov-08 15:46:59

If I get any emails from ebay I don't open them but delete them. I log onto my ebay account and if they are genuine they will be under messages. I only ever read and respond from my ebay account.

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 15:57:00

That's a good idea Abbey.

I have just asked on there and my good friend has told me that it is NOT a spoof, just another paypal ballsup (surprise surprise)

She linked me here

This is what you need to do apparently. I haven't read it properly myself yet so hope it makes sense.

Btw this lady is about as clued up about ebay as you get. She practically runs the answer boards so no worries there. smile

Flightattendant4 Sun 02-Nov-08 16:03:10

Also read this one. It contains some replies from paypal concerning the 'glitch'.

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