Is this a scam? (Western Union advice)?
So I'm looking to buy a camera off ebay, and on the bottom of the page there was the option to buy the item for the asking price instead of bidding. I contacted the person, and after a couple of exchanged messages, i get this last night: "Hi again, I will send you the item first but I want to have a warranty that this is not a joke. Here is what You need to do! You will need to locate a (www.westernunion.com) WesternUnion office. Go to one of them and send the money ($1000) in cash to a friend name, father name or to your brother name but in Manchester/ United Kingdom.He do not need to live in Manchester. You must do this because if you will send the money to me then you can think that I will take the money and run. But if your father will be the receiver of the money then only he can pick up the money in Manchester/United Kingdom (deduct western union fees). Scan the paper of the transfer so I can be sure that the money are sent and you are a real customer. I will send the item fast to you after you proof me that you have send the money with a scan paper of you transafer (I will check your transfer with WesternUnion). When you receive the item and inspect it... you call WesternUnion to change the receiver name with my name so I can pick up the funds.Please excuse me but I can't use PayPal at this moment as I am in divorce at this moment with my wife and all my accounts including PayPal are blocked till the end of the divorce , that is why I have to use wire transfer In my way YOU CAN LOSE ONLY WesternUnion FEES... . Let me know" From the very beginning this was a red flag to me. But I know very little about Western Union and how it works. So if anyone can provide some insight on this I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
Asked By: - 11/29/2012
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100% scam... More
Answered By: Buffy Staffordshire - 11/29/2012
Additional Answers (5)
Anything off ebay that asks to use western union/moneygram is a scam. In fact any online transactions with those are a scam
Answered By: Jerry H. - 11/29/2012
This is 100% a scam... More
Answered By: raina_vissora - 11/29/2012
I see this as a big red flag... More
Answered By: Tori K - 11/29/2012
Write back and demand to see a copy of the legal papers preventing access to his Paypal account due to getting a divorce. He won't produce them because he's full of s**t and trying to steal your money. ANY time a deal isn't done in the "normal" way, it's a scam. The normal way is that you pay with Paypal, etc., and he... More
Answered By: Froll - 11/29/2012
its a total scam, if you scan him the payment papers there is nothing to stop him from assuming that name and collecting the cash and you will never see any camera if one even exists, ive seen this type of scam a few times, usually anything to do with western union is a scam unless you personally know the person, also... More
Answered By: D McC - 11/29/2012
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