What are the scams I should watch out for as a seller?

Oops, I paid you too much! Overpayment

A buyer will send you a payment worth more than the value of the item and then ask for the surplus money to be returned to them or a third party, for example "to pay for shipping or seamstress".

Not only will you have lost the goods, you will be out of pocket for the amount of the payment and the amount you passed on as the difference.


The cheque will clear into your bank, only to be stopped/refused weeks later. At this point, the Banks will take the full cheque amount back out of your account.


You will receive a PayPal email confirming payment, which is faked by the buyer. At this point you'll be notified payment is being held, and will only clear if you transfer the extra amount first - from your own pocket.


  1. If you receive an overpayment cheque or money order, return it to the sender and ask for the correct amount.
  2. Wait for cheques to clear and cash in money orders before sending your product.
  3. Always sign in to your PayPal account to confirm balance. PayPal never demands money to release a hold on a transaction.
  4. Never send payment of any kind to a buyer, especially through Bidpay, Western Union or Money Gram.

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