Paypal "Sting" in General Consumer Issues Posted October 5, 2007 As Buzby says this is nothing to do with Paypal. The "buyer" is a [problem] artist and, unfortunately, these scams are common. Normally it comes down to "once bitten twice shy". A paypal email will always address you by name, never ask you to click a link and if you ever get one that says you have money in your account, log in and check it's there before believing it. These phishing emails are very common, it's just unfortunate that you fell for it. Paypal NEVER hold the funds until you send an item. These "people" used your inexperience against you, and got the laptop for free. With the rise in the occurance of these scams many local Police Forces are taking notice and I suggest that you visit - not telephone - your local station and ask to speak to someone to report someone obtaining goods by deception. Take all the emails, but ensure that you have the Special Delivery details to hand as this will show the Police where the item was sent to. I'll be honest and say it's unlikely you will see the laptop or your money, and it's time to chalk this one up to experience. I would suggest ensuring that you are well versed in Paypal and how it works, and also suggest that you visit the Community Discussion Boards on ebay if you need advice as you will find a vast amount of knowledge there from fellow users. Another good site is: Welcome To A.C.E.S. This is NOT a commercial site, it is run by a group of ebayers, voluntarily, to help fellow ebayers and to give advice where necessary. If you responded to ANY links in ANY of these emails I strongly suggest that you change the password on paypal and ebay immediately.