So because of the problems trying to sell high value items on eBay, I thought I would try Facebook marketplace, within 2-hours I had an enquiry all was going well, until she suggested ,her cousin would come and pick it up,
I said I would think about it, and get back to her, I've checked her profile her profile, it is good matches her picture she has been a member for at least a year has a number of friends so it all looks good.
Unless her account has been hijacked hence, sending someone else to come and collect the high value item.
I obviously would be meeting up in a public place and accepting cash only. The reason she wants to send her cousin is because he lives near to me she said.
People's thoughts please.
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They pay via paypal or bank transfer etc and then the item is collected.
After that the payment either turns out to be fake or is real, but recalled because it was unauthorised / hijacked etc.
If your item is so good it 'sold' in 2 hours, then there will be plenty of normal buyers waiting to buy it.
Maybe they are not comfortable meeting a stranger, maybe they are worried about the item you are selling and the cousin knows more, maybe they are just at work or unable to make the meeting for some other reason, maybe it’s actually the cousin buying your item its just they dont have an account.
The bottom line is if you are not comfortable with the arrangement then dont do it.
Headphones outside a tube station and pc collected from my house
If you have a good rapport with them and cash on collection then all fine.
Appreciate concerns over fake cash... And also dodgy bank apps.
But otherwise fine for me
I said I'm not sure about the bank transfer and I don't trust PayPal she's telling me that they are both trustworthy
If I was meeting her in person it would be fine
What I will do later today it's ok can we do a video chat, if she is the person that matches the picture then I think it should be fine,
But if she has the money in the bank to do the transfer then they can quite easily draw out of the cash machine can't they
If not I will just block them and move on
If you really want to check/confirm identity, arrange a video call. I was looking for a ps5 and everyone selling it cheaper then RRP seemed dodgey and newish Facebook members
Therefore her cousin will collect it from me in a public place as agreed
I asked her how I would get paid, PayPal
I'm thinking this is definitely a scam.
I'm thinking her Facebook account has been hijacked.
If something doesn't feel right, walk away.
Personally I prefer ebay to Facebook. Only past month been selling on Facebook. I had someone drive 2 hours each way to collect item £250 item.
I had someone pay via PayPal and send item to his in laws address as we both going away on hols.
I had some loony drive 40 mins, try cash machine broken, then bank transfer pushing, in end he was making a call and drove off lol.
Do your research, and walk away if something doesn't feel right. (edited)
Just asked how long it would take to ship to her location.
I'm thinking if I have bank transfer wait until the payment is in my bank and cleared I should be alright shouldn't I.
Or should I only do cash on collection, people's thoughts please, as you can tell I'm really new to the Facebook market, I only put things up for sale yesterday, I also have the phones on eBay
But they are not getting any attention that's why I went to Facebook
The second person has now said they want my bank details account number sort code, name email address
Obviously to make the payment
Trust your gut but could be genuine
What I find more problematic is electronic payment/bank transfer and I always say No. I won't accept electronic payment or deliver to people (though, as ever, people tend not to read the whole advert, same as Gumtree - had someone send me a really rude message when I asked him politely to read the advert again).
Only had one person not turn up and he's reappeared again today - I did say to him - I sent you a screenshot of the map over a month ago, and you didn't turn up!
And you also get loads of weird dodgy text messages (I use a "different" initial on Gumtree, that's how you can tell where the scammers got your details from, because they repeat that same initial).
I took my phone number off Gumtree for these reasons.
Facebook Marketplace is more about locals coming to buy and collect, and it's been problem-free for me. So far. (edited)
In your position I would be looking for cash I think, bank transfer shouldn't be able to be reversed if you see it in your account but who knows.
I don't think bank transfers as a safe option it can be easily reversed.