Just thought i would share this experience with you guys in the forum, since a lot of us do buying/selling/trading online, and Paypal seems to be one of the better methods to deal with internationally. background story: i listed a pair of slightly used STPL Holbrooks on my local eBay site (ebay.com.sg - Singapore). and this fella, "Richie Zonks", email@example.com, who claims he's from the States, emails me directly stating he wants my item. here's a couple of extracts from the emails he sent me. "Hello i am Mr Richie Zonks from United State Of America, how are you today and how are your families ? hope all is good ? well i am interested in buying the item for my daughter in USA, because it my daughter that need it and i hope she would like it , so kindly get to me with the total cost of the item including the shipping cost to her address below with post office, i pay through either Paypal or Bank transfer ok reply soon. First Name :Benny Last Name :Zonks Address:7-005 kinoks creek way City-Giles State-Virginia Zip-Code :24150 Country :USA" so off i go sending him a paypal invoice to his paypal account. and a couple of days pass, and no notification that he paid. so i email him again, and he states he'll pay me Sunday (today). and here's the email i got from "Paypal" and him today, with regards to payment: the email from "Paypal": "Dear Valued Customer, This message is originated from PayPal company. We have received an order from our client (firstname.lastname@example.org) making a payment into your PayPal account (email@example.com) Description:GOODS Amount $150.00 SGD Buyers Verified Shipping Address First Name :Benny Last Name :Zonks Address:7-005 kinoks creek way City-Giles State-Virginia Zip-Code :24150 Country :USA The payment has been successfully made but due to security reason we have to receive the shipment tracking number before the next 72 hours for the processing of your order. This a new measure we are taking to protect both our sellers and buyers against fraudulent customers. Once you have shipped the item send us the shipment tracking number for verification after the number has verify your account will be credited instantly.This PayPal® payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED" but will not be credited to your account until the shipment reference/tracking number is sent to us for shipment verification so as to secure both the buyer and the seller. Below are the necessary information requested before your account will be credited. Send tracking number to us or email us through this mail firstname.lastname@example.org **PLEASE NOTE ** Once shipment has been verified and the tracking number sent to us, You will receive a "CONFIRMATION Email" from PayPal® informing you that the Money has been credited. Note: eBay and PayPal will be responsible for the item loss or damage once we receive the tracking number Thank you for using PayPal! The PayPal Team" it's worthwhile to note that this email had Paypal images, which linked to the legit Paypal website. and this is the email the guy sent me: "Hello am happy to tell you that I have made the payment into your paypal account,kindly check your email both inbox,spam and junk email for the payment confirmation from paypal what you have to do now is that you get the item shipped and send the Shipment receipt and Tracking Number to paypal for verification and after paypal verify the Shipment the money will be fully credit into your account thanks reply asap.." what threw me off, was the bad english in the paypal email. and the suspicious email address listed in that same email. i checked my paypal account, and no funds had been transferred. not even a notice that funds were transferred but being held etc. so i googled the email listed, email@example.com, and guess what i found. check these sites out. www.scamwarners.com • View topic - firstname.lastname@example.org Yahoo! Answers - FRAUD BUYER ONLINE PLEASE BEWARE!!!? just thought of sharing this with the community. and trust me, i'll be letting the fella know exactly what i think abt him right now.