Clara A Stone
Complaint 276109 Details

  • Date Occurred: 09/20/2013
  • Reported Damages: $0.00
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Location: Craigslist and Paypal

The complaint is against an online dating profile

The complaint is a listing fraud posted on public forums or sites against an anonymous entity

The complaint is mobile text spam or smishing related against an anonymous entity

The company or person contact no longer exists

International boundaries

I was selling furniture on craigslist. I received an email about this person about how they wanted to buy it, everything seems legitimate until I received numerous emails from Paypal saying I need to pay 400$ for the shipping in order to receive the amount and that there was going to be a hold on my account and funds until I paid the 400$. These are the emails I received from this fake Paypal:

Dear *********,

My name is Richard Wilson. I'm a PayPal representative in charge of your transaction with Clara Stone ([email protected])

Kindly reply to this message if you have any question regarding this transaction and I will be happy to help you.

We thank you for being an asset to PayPal and we hope to serve you better in the nearest future.

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Our Customer Service team is specially trained to address all account inquiries. Send us an email and
we will reply promptly. Contact Customer Service ([email protected])

I thought this was fishy and then received three more emails from Paypal:

Dear ******,

My name is Richard Wilson. I'm a PayPal representative in charge of your transaction with Clara Stone ([email protected]).
Regarding your question. We want you to know that the money has been consequently deducted from the buyer's account and can not be refund back due to PayPal security measure to protect our customers from online fraud. All you need to do now is to go to the nearest western union office and send the ($400.00 USD) to the shipping company. The buyer has already paid for the Shipping fees because she has added the money to the fund sent to your account. So you are to complete this transaction on your side. The address given to you is confirmed and legit. We want to assure you that you 100% secure with us. We urge you to make the transfer and get back to us with the Western Union Details for verification. As soon as you send this to us and we can verify the transfer, the whole money ($1,180.00 USD) will be credited into your PayPal account immediately.

You will need to send the following information as soon as you have sent the money:

Sender's Name and full Address
Money Transfer Control Number(MTCN)

We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may caused to you.
Thanks For Using PayPal.
The PayPal Team.

Dear ******,

The transaction is in order and legal. You shall receive the said amount as soon as you made the transfer and you send the transfer number to us. You are to send the money to the name and address given to you, This transaction is not fraudulent and you are assured of quality service. We encourage you to send the money out immediately (due to PayPal's policy) as your payment has been confirmed by us. Security is of critical importance with PayPal.

We use proprietary technology - and constantly innovate - to help ensure your transactions are safe. In addition, PayPal has over 1000 people worldwide dedicated to keeping PayPal accounts safe, and stopping online criminals. And we work with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) worldwide to shut off fraudulent websites as soon as possible.

PayPal's Fraud Investigation Team is highly experienced in fraud prevention. Several members of the team are former law enforcement officials with extensive experience in fighting online fraud. PayPal's fraud investigation team focuses on: Identifying and preventing fraud before it occurs, Detecting fraud in process, Mitigating loss, if fraud does occur, Delivering information to law enforcement around the world to help stop those committing online fraud.
PayPal Customer Protection.

Note: that the money has been credited to your account, but it will neither be displayed nor be available for spending. We have placed a temporary hold on the funds until the transfer verification is completed.

This is due to new policies at PayPal to protect both the buyer and the seller in the face of the growing number of fraudulent activities perpetrated via the internet. Your payment is intact. You are encouraged to complete this transaction.

We thank you for being an asset to PayPal and we hope to serve you better in the nearest future.

The PayPal Team.

Dear **********,

One of the benefits of using PayPal is that we make every effort to alert you to potentially problematic transactions. Our goal is to help you make sound business decisions.

A review of recent transactions indicates that you entered into an agreement with Clara Stone ([email protected]) by requesting money through PayPal, which shows that the PayPal account holder have authorized the payment you received.

We would like to learn more about this transaction. It is important we know the status of the item bought concerning the information we requested from you, otherwise, legal action may be taken against you since you have not replied to the confirmation of payment made to your account by her over time.

However the buyer has already contacted us in other to make report about your non response. We are ensuring to make PayPal a safer place, therefore we need to set confidence on our users. We use proprietary technology - and constantly innovation - to help ensure every transactions are safe.

We strongly advice you to make the transfer and send the scanned receipt and the MTCN to prove the transfer of the fund in less than 24hours so that we can credit your account or you face the consequences of LEGAL ACTION.

We have placed a temporary hold on the funds until the verification is completed.

Transaction Details

Case Number : PP-304-718-247
Transaction ID : 0TR19308DU070732T

Response deadline : 9/22/2013
PayPal Team
PayPal Email ID PP943

They really must think I'm stupid to send a random person 400$ of my money in order to receive money. Watch out for these scammers. I called them out on it and have yet to receive an email back. A simple google search will give you multiple complaints of these exact scammers.

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  • Complaint Against Clara A Stone
  • Complaints Filed: 1
  • Reported Damages: $0.00
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