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post #1 of 40 Old 07-26-2010, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Is he trying to scam me?

Recieved an email about my jumping pony. He asked if i still had him forsale and i said yes and he responded with this.

"Thanks for the email,do let me know how much you are willing to
sell her to me . I will be paying with my paypal account which is
the safest online payment please do reply me asap
with your paypal account or send me a payment request from
your paypal account so i can effect payment to you right-away.
You can easily open an account with paypal if you don't have
one at, its safe,simple and reliable also do
get back to me so we can arrange for pick up as i will like her to
be picked by my pick up agent due to the fact that i am out of
the country now on job duties so i will not be able to come for an
inspection, I want her for my daughter who is an experienced
rider as she wants her for a trail riding and i can assure you that
she will be well taken care of. But i need you to tell me more
about her, her present condition and reason for sale. few more
photos will be appreciated as well. Payment for the horse will be made
via paypal
Hope to hear from you soon."

What do you think? I havent the slightest clue what to think.
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post #2 of 40 Old 07-26-2010, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Also he keeps referring to my horse as "her" when my horse is a gelding.
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post #3 of 40 Old 07-26-2010, 01:03 PM
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Weird. Almost half of that email reply is about you getting a paypal acct. I would say somethings up. And if his daughter is very experienced, why is she only trail riding? hah...sounds fishy to me.

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post #4 of 40 Old 07-26-2010, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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But thats the only thing that threw me off is he is offering to pay threw paypal, which i have an account and it is the safest form of online payment....weird. Typically scammers want you to wire transfer money
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tell him to call you.

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post #6 of 40 Old 07-26-2010, 01:11 PM
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It's a scam, Delete.

Doesn't matter that it's Paypal because if you continue with the correspondence, he'll tell you that he's sending you an additional amount of money to pay the transport company, and you'll need to wire it to them before they pick up the horse.

That's how they'll get you, because whatever 'funds' they use to send to you, it's most likely from stolen credit cards which will be deleted from your Paypal account.

It's the same old scam I've seen over and over again, just with a few new twists here and there.

Don't get suckered, or you'll be out a lot of money and have nothing to show for it.

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post #7 of 40 Old 07-26-2010, 01:14 PM
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I wouldn't sell my horse to anyone who wasn't willing to meet me and pay me in person. Why would they buy a horse site unseen anyway?
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I would be getting more information from the guy before you just send him your paypal account.

Really? he needs an agent to pick up the horse? It may be a signal that he doesn't want you to be able to recognize him. I would ask him (out of curiosity, *wink*) what country he is in, what does he do for a living, and why would he want to buy Jumper for a trail horse. Wouldn't you buy a trail horse for that, if that is all you will be doing with the horse. Also ask him about some of the skill sets his daughter has.

If all that information still sounds fishy, then I would pass on the offer.
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post #9 of 40 Old 07-26-2010, 09:13 PM
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Don't even bother. Scam. Delete the email, and never contact him again. I would NEVER sell my horse to a person I couldn't meet in person.
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post #10 of 40 Old 07-26-2010, 09:45 PM
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its definitely a scam. I've gotten those regarding some of my horses too. I stay away from any responses saying "I'll be paying this way" or "I have a trailer to come get her" when it's only the first or second reply.


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