Today I was scammed. I am so angry with myself and even more so with the scammer. How could I let this happen! All the warning signs where there, but I chose to ignore them.
This is how it happened. I had advertised an outdoor setting on a reputable website. It had been advertised for three months and I was getting frustrated that it hadn’t sold. I received an email from someone called Jacob Luis who asked if the item was still for sale. I replied that it was. He then emailed back that he would like to purchase it for his father and could he pay with PayPal. As I had a PayPal account I emailed him an invoice for the agreed amount. He then emailed me back to say that he had deposited the funds into my PayPal account plus an extra amount of $500. He asked that I take $400 of this money and send via Western Union to a freight company that he was dealing with. He couldn’t do this himself because he was at sea. (I know……it’s starting to sound dodgy, but I really wanted to sell the furniture!) He also said that he had advised PayPal of the Western Union deal and PayPal would release the funds when I sent them a copy of the Western Union receipt, which I did.
Now, through all of this I was receiving emails from PayPal confirming each and every step and when I sent the WU receipt PayPal notified me that the funds would now be released into my PayPal account.
It was not until I received another email from Jacob Luis telling me that he had deposited an additional $500 into my PayPal account and would I please also send this money to his freight company via WU to cover insurance that I started to smell a rat. I rang PayPal and they asked me to send all the “PayPal” emails to them for verification. My worst nightmare, they were all fakes.
So, I am out of pocket many $$$$$$’s with no way of tracking this man and his accomplice Lynn M Smits.
I am posting this on my blog in the hope that I may save someone else the heartache that I am feeling. Not only for the loss of the money but the loss of trust that I now have. I will NEVER be fooled again and it will take me a long time to trust emails, PayPal and online sale sites.
I did respond to the last request for money. I gave him a phony WU receipt number and I gave him the local police station address for the supposed pick-up. I also gave the police station phone number as my contact.
Just for everyone’s interest, here is a copy of the document I received from “PayPal”.