So a few days ago I was looking at a Nintendo Switch that was priced at $240 with amiibos and came with 5 games. I messaged the profile user named: Marcus and he seemed pretty chill at first. He said that he would ship through USPS and that he would ship by about 7pm. I ended up telling him I would buy it later when I had all of my money situated and he complied. So later than evening around 3 or 4 hours later...I ended up messaging him saying I had the money and I was ready to pay. He then proceeded to ask if it was okay if I would pay through Google Pay vs the in app because the money would take about a week or so to send, and my dumb self said yes because at the time I was super excited I was getting a deal on the switch and I've sold before and sometimes the app will hold your money depending on the bank. So he then gave me an email and I sent the money and that was that. Then thats where the sketchiness started. I asked him numerous times where was his location because he was supposed to ship it and he made an excuse saying, "Its raining hard and the post office just closed." So I kind of brushed it off because most people do end up shipping a few days later but I still was speculative. So this morning I woke up because he said I can expect to hear from him first thing in the morning. From me just opening the app I knew it was a scam because his profile picture had changed to a completely different person and in addition he deactivated his account. I just got so angry because I saw the red flags but I just didnt pursue. Currently my bank is processing my refund but not only that, more evidence arose to show that it was a scam from the start. I went on my computer and through the lifesaving emails I had it showed that he had changed his profile picture well before I even paid and shortly after I made the purchase, I noticed how he stopped responding in full sentences like he was.
So I just wanted to warn people to just stop and think about what you are doing despite the deals these scammers put out. I know we get excited and that we all want a good deal, but it ultimately can blind us in the process. Also notice the red flags and ask questions. I saw red flags but didnt react because I became so acustom to the whole process of buying through apps like this. I just wanted to end this post with a list of red flags to look out for based off my first scamming experience.
Always look at their items sold and look to see how many items they have for sale because usually scammers will only have one item for sale and have no other features on their profile.
Do not buy if they ask to buy outside the app because in my case Google Pay was the worst app I couldve agreed to because it only provides an email.
If you pay and they start giving one word answers, start asking questions and go as far as reporting them ahead of time because they most likely got your money and want to stop talking.
Screenshot the first few interations of the messages just in case the person changes their profile picture or ends up deactivating their account.
And lastly, if you are getting something shipped, let the person know ahead of time that you are ready to pay so they will hopefully go to the post office before you pay if they arent scamming. (Even though thats really difficult).
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