Paranoid about PayPal
September 29, 2010 4:54 PM Subscribe
I received a payment via PayPal for something I'm not selling. Is this a scam?
posted by jeffamaphone to computers & internet (20 answers total)
This morning I got an e-mail saying that I've received payment (US$10.99) for an eBay auction (#260647524210). Some sort of comic book or something. The address to mail it to is in Puerto Rico.
I contacted PayPal tech support and they sent me instructions to refund the money, which seem straight forward, and I fully plan on doing this.
I made certain to go to PayPal directly, in a different browser. I didn't click any links in the e-mail. Logging into PayPal shows the $10.99 balance in the account.
But, given all the stuff I've read about PayPal scams, I'm proceeding with caution. I have only ever used PayPal to pay for things like print versions of on-line comics, or t-shirts. I have never received funds, so I don't know much about it.
Can anything bad come from this? Should I try to contact the buyer? A telephone number was not included. Is there something I'm not considering?