I recently received the following email:
I want to buy your 1080 ti and to be ship to my store in malaysia I will offer you the amount listed plus the shipment charges $700 all together also if there is more of it or any brand let me know. And payment via my PayPal, text me back on my business line if the item is still available ( 908.__455.__8461 ) waiting to hear back from you soon. so i can pay-in your funds thanks
Don't worry, I am certainlly not accepting this offer.
Despite the incredibly sketchy-looking overall appearance of this message, the account that sent this is brand new, and has no feedback whatsoever. That, and the offer is simply far too good to be true makes me almost 100% certain that this offer is NOT legitimate.
Even if the sender did have an electronics store in Malaysia, there is no possible way to make a profit here buying the card I have listed and reselling it. (I assure you that a used 1080 Ti is not worth anywhere close to $1,210).
In plenty of other examples of scams on this site, when someone offers you a large amount of money to cover a supposed delivery cost, they will pretend they overpaid and request a portion of it back via a non-refunable means (pre-paid gift cards, Western Union, etc). However, since the transaction would take place using eBay through PayPal, wouldn't ebay's dispute resolution process prevent the buyer from simply being able to dispute the PayPal charge and get their $700 back?
I did notice though that the message is blatantly trying to get me to arrange the sale outside of ebay (seriously... who writes a phone number in such an awkward and obviously filter-circumventing manner?) Perhaps ebay's ordinary systems would prevent this scam from working, and that is why the buyer wants to be contacted directly?
How is this scam supposed to work?