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Is this car delivery via Ebay Motors on Craigslist a scam?

It's 100% a scam. I help with unresolved cases on PeopleClaim a lot and saw several that are very similar to this. Here's how it works: you send your money by wire or gift card or similar to the "...
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Selling online - Is private transportation indicative of a scam? Does PayPal make it safe?

The way this one works is interesting, and there's a variant of it in the 'states as well: You receive more money than you're asking for with this item. They ask you to pay their private transport ...
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How can I deal with what I think is an eBay scam?

I've sold a limited number of times on eBay (not for profit, just cleaning out basement). Any time a buyer offers anything that's not 100% 'normal', i.e. needing anything at all outside the terms of ...
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How can I deal with what I think is an eBay scam?

With eBay, what's important to always keep front and center is how to protect yourself via eBay's policies, because diverging from them can easily result in all monetary burdens resting on you, ...
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Sold item on eBay, buyer wants it to be delivered to another country, and pay by bank transfer

Since no-one else has answered I'll convert my comments into an answer. This does have the hallmarks of a scam to me, and in your shoes I would cancel the purchase and explain to the would-be buyer ...
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Selling online - Is private transportation indicative of a scam? Does PayPal make it safe?

Yes, the scam is PayPal is going to reverse on you eventually. Either they are going to reverse the charge, (a buyer can reverse a PayPal payment if they claim fraud), or they used a hacked account ...
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Is this car delivery via Ebay Motors on Craigslist a scam?

This is clearly a scam - and it's a fairly common one. The answer posted by George explains the mechanism: they will ask you to submit payment to a "safe" third party agent (really just the scammer ...
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Can I buy a timeshare off ebay for $1 then deed it back to the timeshare company and go on a vacation for $1

Your examples were 10-day auctions which had just posted at the time you had asked. Questions such as "how does eBay bidding work?" and "What is sniping" would further your ...
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Can I buy a timeshare off ebay for $1 then deed it back to the timeshare company and go on a vacation for $1

Probably* not. The timeshares that are sold for $1 very likely cannot be deeded back. If they could, then the owner would have done so rather than waste their time trying to give it away to someone ...
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Selling online - Is private transportation indicative of a scam? Does PayPal make it safe?

When you get an email like this, try searching for some of the text of the email. In this case I searched for "because it is an Instant payment and secure for online purchases" (with the quotes to ...
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How can I deal with what I think is an eBay scam?

I think JTP's answer is a good one, you will want to cancel this order. Their reasoning is maybe a little more zealous than I would handle it, but in this case, I agree with your assessment - this is ...
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Sold item on eBay, buyer wants it to be delivered to another country, and pay by bank transfer

In Germany there is a somewhat popular schema that roughly translates to triangular fraud. The fraudster sees your auction and buys the item for price X. He will then immediately create an auction "...
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Can I buy a timeshare off ebay for $1 then deed it back to the timeshare company and go on a vacation for $1

So you understand that timeshares are a bad deal, and for that reason they are tough to sell. Basically you are giving a company a lot of money upfront so you can be obligated to spend another amount,...
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Can I buy a timeshare off ebay for $1 then deed it back to the timeshare company and go on a vacation for $1

I cannot recommend against this strongly enough. Do not do this! Most Timeshares have expensive yearly dues which must be paid. There's often no easy way to get out of these. Because timeshares are ...
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Sold item on eBay, buyer wants it to be delivered to another country, and pay by bank transfer

Bank transfers certainly are reversible. Just as one example, imagine this. The person hacks someone and transfers the money from the victim's account. Does the victim get to reverse that charge? ...
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A stranger requests to buy eBay item in installments

Here's a useful test for these sorts of situations: put yourself in their shoes and think if their actions are reasonable. If you are afraid of being scammed by this person, why aren't they also ...
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Sold item on eBay, buyer wants it to be delivered to another country, and pay by bank transfer

Contrary to the given answers I think you can make the sale provided you have a shipping option with proper tracking. First, not everybody has a paypal account but (at least in Western Europe) ...
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Selling online - Is private transportation indicative of a scam? Does PayPal make it safe?

PayPal transactions are reversible. You get the money all squared away and they take your items. Maybe they will accidentally pay you too much and ask you to put a check or cash in the desk drawer. ...
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How can I deal with what I think is an eBay scam?

Cancel the sale. Report the buyer. Most likely, this is a legit eBay account that has been hacked. Telling eBay will help the owner get it back. The purpose of saying "Africa" was to self-declare ...
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Do I need to file taxes when selling on eBay or Amazon?

In simple terms, it is a business operation when it becomes a profit-making enterprise. It is a grey area, but there is a difference between selling occasional personal items on eBay and ...
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eBay buyer wants to send me $700 for shipping to Malaysia - Scam

Money laundering The scammer obtained unauthorized access to someones PayPal account through phishing, spyware or some other illegal method. The scammer can not just move money directly from the ...
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Scam with personal information

Yes, it is a scam. If they were moving the sale from craiglist to Ebay, they would just send you the link for you to access. Registration is required at Ebay, but you register with ebay, not by ...
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Why does eBay's 2018 Form 10-K filing show a different net revenue for 2018 than in its 2020 filing?

The revenue was adjusted because of discontinued operations: In 2019, eBay sold its StubHub business. In 2020, eBay sold its Classifieds business. 2018 revenue (in billions) StubHub 1.083 ...
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Buyer from abroad wants to pay by bank transfer and let it fetch by someone else. What should I pay attention to if I want to accept the offer?

This is a scam. I bet you the cost of the couch that if you go ahead it will mysteriously turn out that Paypal or whatever payment system the "buyer" proposes will not work and he will have ...
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Selling online - Is private transportation indicative of a scam? Does PayPal make it safe?

As pointed out by your; the mail looks suspicious ... generally for first time deals if there is an alternate offer of payment, it should be avoided. Typically furniture sales like you said would be ...
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Selling online - Is private transportation indicative of a scam? Does PayPal make it safe?

Even simpler than many answers, people fall for fake PayPal notification emails all the time. I've seen one (not sent to me) that was quite convincing -- of course it contained fake links (bonus: ...
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Is this car delivery via Ebay Motors on Craigslist a scam?

Anything involving Craigslist except meeting the seller in person in a well-lit public area to exchange cash for the item is at best a scam and at worst a threat to your life. I don't say this to ...
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How can I deal with what I think is an eBay scam?

Its a SCAM! Happened to me. They copy the PayPal page. When you click the link to check the payment the sites states that the funds are being held. Paypal doesn't hold money. Payments are transferred ...
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A stranger requests to buy eBay item in installments

Other people's problems (I don't have the money right now) are not your problem. The item is not attracting many bids. OK, so it's likely to still be on the market when this person has saved up the ...
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Do I get a reduced tax rate as a minor for my business selling items on eBay?

I predict that I will have 100k by the end of next year at the current rate of sales. And you do not assume that you need an accountant which would explain that to you? Btw., depending on ...
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