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    Hi, so im selling my phone on gumtree and someone has asked if i could drop off the item to the address provided (10 mins from my house) but he wants to pay with paypal. I said he would have to pay first which he didnt mind however i would like to know if he could somehow get the money back therefore i loose my phone and the money. Could someone answer this please and do you think it would be better to do BT? Thanks

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    In a word YES you will lose out. Without shipping confirmation the buyer will claim you never sent it.
    Make them pay cash or BT.

    NOOOOOOOOO

    Unless the buyer is happy to pay through friends and family instead of goods and services. Even then I would still avoid.

    Could claim their account was hacked and it was an unauthorised transaction

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    Teezgaff

    In a word YES you will lose out. Without shipping confirmation the buyer … In a word YES you will lose out. Without shipping confirmation the buyer will claim you never sent it.Make them pay cash or BT.



    He apparently cant pay cash because its for a family member or something like that. Wouldnt he beable to claim back even through BT? Cheers though

    Don't do it, it's unsafe.

    Ask for payment by bank transfer or better still get cash!

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    joshp

    Don't do it, it's unsafe. Ask for payment by bank transfer or better … Don't do it, it's unsafe. Ask for payment by bank transfer or better still get cash!



    Would they be able to claim back through bank transfer?

    Clear scam, cash only, if they say the money is in their PayPal account tell them to withdraw it, mine comes through within an hour to my bank account

    VGamer

    He apparently cant pay cash because its for a family member or something … He apparently cant pay cash because its for a family member or something like that. Wouldnt he beable to claim back even through BT? Cheers though


    What bullsh*t, to hide a purchase from a family member he be better off paying cash. Bank payment or Paypal leave a paper trail, and Paypal also gives you an email confirmation. Avoid this person.

    DONT DO IT!!!
    MEET IN PERSON!!

    IT'S A SCAM!

    VGamer

    Would they be able to claim back through bank transfer?




    No

    VGamer

    He apparently cant pay cash because its for a family member or something … He apparently cant pay cash because its for a family member or something like that. Wouldnt he beable to claim back even through BT? Cheers though



    ​he's conning u don't do it what's the problem with cash usual lies paypal will take ur money from him back when he claims item not recived or will say he has been hacked.

    go to his address and u will realise it's probably some rented out place or person isn't whom they seem to be.

    Don't do it. Plenty of examples here of people losing their money. They may be genuine but
    all the risk is for you so don't risk it. Use the other methods posted as it gives you protection

    RichVR

    NOOOOOOOOOUnless the buyer is happy to pay through friends and family … NOOOOOOOOOUnless the buyer is happy to pay through friends and family instead of goods and services. Even then I would still avoid.



    You can claim friends and family payments back no questions asked as it's not covered for the seller.

    Just say that you have just read that you should never carry out gumtree transactions like this. But tell them not to worry you can still do the deal at the agreed price. So, if PayPal is still preferred it will have to be sent to the address PayPal is the one you can use in order to be protected. You can then use Royal Mail special next day pre 1pm delivery (that has to be signed for and if the customer is not in they can collect it at a convenient time that suits them from their local sorting office. Accept the that in return for PayPal's seller fees you have some protection.
    Or present them with the option of cash payment on exchanging the goods at their required address in person. With PayPal you can transfer any amount of your balance to your bank and done usually within 20 minutes to an hour. That way he can withdraw the cash from his ATM whenever he likes in advance if your agreed rendezvous

    It definatly sounds like a scam . I would say as your meeting in person ,you want cash

    How much is the value of the phone

    Original Poster

    allowed

    How much is the value of the phone



    Roughly around £350

    Original Poster

    Im going to leave selling it to that person thanks for everyones help

    As everyone has said AVOID PayPal. you won't be able to prove the phone was delivered and the buyer/scammer can get the money back and you'll lose out.
    No he/she can't call back money sent by BT however do what everyone else has said and ask for cash on collection

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    Iron_Man

    As everyone has said AVOID PayPal. you won't be able to prove the phone … As everyone has said AVOID PayPal. you won't be able to prove the phone was delivered and the buyer/scammer can get the money back and you'll lose out.No he/she can't call back money sent by BT however do what everyone else has said and ask for cash on collection



    Yeh apparently he cant do BT either and cant do cash on collection so im going to leave it

    "cant do BT either and cant do cash"

    pat yourself on the back, you've just avoided being conned

    it would be a worse attempt at hiding from a family member by using paypal! avoid this deal.
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