It is quite easy to get scammed on Nashville.CraigsList.org and eBay when you accept payments from PayPal, if you don’t look closely at the email in which you are sent from what could be a fictitious PayPal account. For example, you may receive an email that states your transaction is pending your approval and that you need to enter your password in order to accept a pending payment. Such an email may sound genuine, but upon closer inspection it is not real at all.
PayPal states, “An email from PayPal won't ask you for sensitive information like your password, bank account, or credit card.”
In Murfreesboro, a woman called the police to report a recent scam that involved the selling of her gold rings and accepting what she thought was a payment through PayPal. According to the theft report, the victim sold several rings to a person in California. She thought the person paid her via her PayPal account because of the email she received. She even mailed the rings to an address in California. The bad news, the payment never happened. She never received the money for the rings in question.
The victim called PayPal only to realize that no transaction took place and she was now out both the rings and the $6,000 she THOUGHT she sold the rings for. Police in Murfreesboro are investigating what they can on their end, but WGNS has found that in most cases like these the victim never sees the money or items they lost again.
MPD Incident Report #13-12849