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Old 19 April 2016, 16:30   #1
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is it a Scam or not ?

Well, ive had a right chew selling me boat on ebay, and it has finally gone (at least I think it has) for half the amount it started off at.

It was won by a bloke who is Polish, and actually lives in Poland, however as he thinks its a brilliant deal he is going to travel 4000km to come and pick it up..........

When I found out that he lived some distance away I insisted that I had a 250 deposit through paypal, he then went quite for abit, and to my surprise i then got a notification that he had deposited the 250 into my account, thank-you very much.

In broken tongue he has asked a few questions and is getting the ferry from Calais early Thursday morning to pick it up...... most questions I ask I get a good answer in return.

I then asked him to transfer the money electronically when he sees the boat as i think it will be safer for us both he then took a couple of hours to come back to me and he did agree, but had mentioned that he had already got the cash out and would go to the bank with me to deposit in my account...

am I been paranoid here, ????
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Old 19 April 2016, 16:37   #2
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Maybe a little. If he turns up, take him to your bank, and let him pay it into your account, and make it clear to the teller, what it is for. I am sure they will pick up on any fake money straight away, but if legit, cash will clear in your account instantly.

Also with cash straight into your account, there is none of this 'opening a dispute, as I have not received my goods' business that can occur with paypal
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That is what I have done on the last two boats take cash to the bank they clear it in your account job done.
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so do you think he could pay via paypal, take the boat and get his money back ? I wouldn't want to pay through that due to the percentage they take.

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That is what I have done on the last two boats take cash to the bank they clear it in your account job done.
I take it you took the buyer with you, its just because hes coming from so far away i'm concerned lol
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I take it you took the buyer with you, its just because hes coming from so far away i'm concerned lol
Wife took cash down to the bank while I showed him the boat kept trailer locked up just in case of a runner didn't beat about the bush told him that was the deal turns out both buyers were spot on and understood. I did have a guy try to buy from France but his English better than my French so no deal plus they have to register trailers could have been a pain but all ended well sold to a guy in Scotland on the last one.

Hope the deal goes well just be careful it's hard earned dosh and it's yours

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yeah, its abit of a nightmare hopefully all will be good.

Thanks for the advice gents
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so do you think he could pay via paypal, take the boat and get his money back ? I wouldn't want to pay through that due to the percentage they take.

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I have heard and read about this sort of scam, not to long ago. May even have read it on here.

Some bloke turns up to buy boat he transfers money, you give them the boat. Hour down the line, they take money back through dispute. Another bloke turns up saying he has come to buy boat, but it has gone............ some thing along them lines.

Like Jeff said, be upfront and honest, tell him how it is going to pan out. If he is genuine, he will understand.
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eBay, what a mare I don't know why they are allowing oversea's bidders to buy items even more so recently. I've had a few items sold recently to oversea's buyers when I don't even offer postage outside of the UK. My only thought is that they are trying to promote their new postage hub?

I have just sold a prop, to someone abroad and his postage address is a postage depot in the uk???

I don't mind if you want to call me and have a chat about this, but maybe you should re advertise your boat? With every day it's getting warmer so more buyers out there
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Do not under any circumstances accept PayPal for this sort of transaction, apart from maybe a deposit as in this case.

If you pay the cash into your account before parting with the boat then I can't see any problem (although I suppose he could still screw you for the deposit).

People do travel a long way to buy things sometime. I had a guy fly over from Norway to pick up a Tinker Folding RIB and he took it back with him on the plane!
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