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    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 13th Oct 18, 10:53 AM
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    2 Items on Ebay - What's the scam here?
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    • 13th Oct 18, 10:53 AM
    2 Items on Ebay - What's the scam here? 13th Oct 18 at 10:53 AM
    I have 2 items for sale. A reasonably new smartphone and an obscure computer part. The phone is on auction and the part is fixed price 30 day.

    Someone made an offer on the part and it got auto-declined. They made a revised offer, but I didn't get notified. I saw it and emailled to ask them to bid again as I accepted it. They replied "Actually I am only interested in your phone, so would you do a quick sale ? Thanks".

    The bid he put in is miles less than the phone will go for.

    I don't get it. If I'd seen and accepted his bid on the part, he would have been obliged to buy it. Other than him just making a cockup, is there some angle here to trying to scam me?
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    • martindow
    • By martindow 14th Oct 18, 1:43 PM
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    • #2
    • 14th Oct 18, 1:43 PM
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    • 14th Oct 18, 1:43 PM
    I've no idea what is going on, but a lot of us block people at the first sign of weirdness.
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 14th Oct 18, 2:46 PM
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    • #3
    • 14th Oct 18, 2:46 PM
    • #3
    • 14th Oct 18, 2:46 PM
    Could the first (wrong) purchase give the buyer your email? If so, perhaps they would then send a scammy Paypal email to you for the second item....?
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 14th Oct 18, 4:54 PM
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    • #4
    • 14th Oct 18, 4:54 PM
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    • 14th Oct 18, 4:54 PM
    They want to offer you pennies for the phone but want to do it outside ebay?

    Or as mentioned above, they buy your other device to harvest your details and you get fake payment received emails. But they appear genuine and have your name and address etc.
    So not a dear customer... or as my latest spammy emails have said dear costumer.
    Punctuation, Spelling and Grammar will be used sparingly. Due to rising costs of inflation.

    My contribution to MSE. Other contributions will only be used if they cost me nothing.

    Due to me being a tight git.
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 15th Oct 18, 8:42 PM
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    • #5
    • 15th Oct 18, 8:42 PM
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    • 15th Oct 18, 8:42 PM
    Well he didn't bid on the phone anyway....thanks for the opinions!
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