Last night I received an email, the easiest way to explain is to put the email on here.
hi,I’m James by name,i saw your item posted on here and am interested in purchasing it,before i proceed with payment i will like to ask some question about the item: are you the real owner of the item?is the item still available for sell?what is the present condition of the item?do accept PayPal as your mode of payment and what is the final asking price of the item?so pls kindly get back to me on my email for fast respond:
I was a bit wary because of the dodgy english, even tho “James” has an english surname. I gave him the benefit of doubt and replied saying it was available and in good condition and confirmed the price, despite all these details being on my listing on my folksy shop.
He replied with this:
Thanks for mailing back,I’m a honest and straight forward person and always want to be treated the same way, are you sure of the item condition?this is only what can make me to be worried cos i can not come over to view it,i am an oceanographer and i am buying this item as a gift for my sister which she won’t know nothing about it until it get delivered to her,i am at sea right now,and I can only pay through PayPal and you can put the PayPal charges on me because as at present,i don’t have access to my bank account online,but i have it attached to my PayPal account,So please kindly get back to me immediately so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done,i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the item up immediately after payment.
This has now rung a few alarm bells and I dont want to reply. My husband (whose artwork it is) has told me not to reply. Shame its a big sale.
I have posted it on here, in the hope that you agree that it is dodgy and I’m not about to loose out on a big sale! and also to warn people that potentially something like this could go seriously wrong.