I was contacted by someone showing interest in an item I have for sale on an online site like Craigslist (called Mercado Libre). This person asked that we follow our conversation outside of the site, directly through each other’s emails. That should have alerted me. “She” (could be a bloke pretending) said that she would like to have the item taken to the US, as I, and the item, am in Panama. She said that a shipping company would contact me. Sure enough, I got email from what looked like Boyd International Freight Forwarders, with a quote for the shipping of the item.
I then contacted this buyer and expressed my confusion as to the quote, given that she would pay for shipping, not me. She said I should trust her (another alarm here, never trust a stranger who asks you to trust them). She would pay the full amount via PayPal, but could not pay now, so I should pay for the shipping in the meantime. At this point I started pretending that I would do so, and checked the email form the shipping company in detail. It requested a wrote transfer to pay for the shipping, and to notify via email to [email protected]
Guys! No international company of that size uses a gmail address.
So… Beware! For every decent transaction, there is a scam possibility.