Selling an item, received money by Interac e-Transfer, buyer never pickup the item. Is it a scam? [closed]

I’m selling an item on Facebook Marketplace. I set up an exchange meeting with a potential buyer. The buyer sent me the money (50 CAD) beforehand via Interac e-Transfer. Before accepting the money, I made sure that I was on the real Interac website. I also made sure that I was on my real bank website before entering my username password to accept the money. The money was finally deposit in my account.

The problem is that the buyer never showed up and now he keeps making up excuse to not come pick up the item. This has been three months now.

I still have his money and the item. I did not lose any money. Is this some sort of long term scam or am I facing a really slow person?

IS electronic payment association (EPA/ is SCAM?

I joined around one month ago and i paid for merchant account there. Till now i haven't received card from them and also there is login problem. I cannot login to epayments now. I emailed about it them but haven't heard anything from them yet..
It looks like a scam what do you think? Had anyone tried here before?

Possible Scam – reply address appears to be yours

Have received the following email which I believe to be a scam

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) In Partnership with: Swiss National Fraud Relief Center (NFRC) Case/Reference ID: IE3033900045 We regret to inform you that you have been a victim of identity theft. Your identity and consumer credit file have been compromised and used in an identity theft scheme recently uncovered in Ireland by federal authorities. Your more personal details have been undisclosed in this email for your own security as your email might have been compromised as well. The offenders have since been prosecuted, tried and ordered to pay restitution to victims involved willingly through wire fraud and romance or other scams, or unwillingly through identity theft and hacking. This means victims that had direct contact with the offenders by telephone or email in response to some type of scam and those who are hacked and are unaware of the incident prior to this notification. You have received this notification because this applies to you directly regardless of if you have lived in Ireland or not, that’s where the case was opened and that’s where the hackers were charged. For more detailed information about this case and the settlement pay outs that you are entitled to, immediately contact the Office of International Affairs at the Limerick City District Court by replying to this notification, or by visiting in person at 38 Roxboro Road, Limerick, Ireland between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays. If you are visiting in person, set up an appointment prior to your visit by telephone: +353 800 814 250 (toll-free) or by email. If you are unable to make a trip, you will be rendered proper assistance online and on the telephone. Regards, Ilia Price Administrative Clerk

The send address was Ilia Price The reply address was

Are you able to confirm that is is a scam

Kind Regards Richard Stafford

What’s the scam? Unknown users joining and leaving WhatsApp groups

I’m on a few WhatsApp groups that have signup links. Lately (last few months) I’ve noticed some very odd activity on a few of these groups: every few days I notice a number (often from a country with a poor reputation for scamming) joining, and then leaving the group, like this:

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And I’m wondering, what is the scam being cooked up here? Have they got some kind of brute force bot that signs up for whatever WhatsApp groups it can find? And then does…what? Scrolls through the group member list and harvests their phone numbers? To do…exactly what with them? Send SMS spam, telling people they’ve won the $ 16.4m Bill Gates Philanthropic Award For Owning a Phone?

If that’s the extent of the threat, then I can live with it. But is there anything else these bots could be doing that is more sinister?

Understanding scam involving mobile transaction number

Today I have received an SMS from the number that my credit card provider uses to send MTANs that have to be entered for e-commerce. So at first the obvious scam seemed to be someone trying to use my credit card for an e-commerce transaction. However checking with the credit card provider they mentioned, that this number is no longer used for MTANs so this SMS was not sent by them (I havent used it in quite a while). What is the gain for the scammer? There is obviously not a real transaction on my card this request is tied to, the SMS has the official format, there is no information where I would have to enter the code, so they can also not get the code from me.


First, they asked tons of documents to verify our Business account.
Then they have provided a Euro account details and said we can receive Wire Transfer from all over the world in it.

One of client sent a Wire of $ 550 from the United States.
It's been more than 20 days now, Paxum saying we are looking, searching etc….

The client has provided all the pieces of evidence of Wire Sent. We lost Client as well as $ 550.

Paxum support is terrible. They don't reply for a week or so…


Surely I haven’t won the lottery, but where’s the scam?

Some time ago I received the following message on my personal mobile phone number:


A WhoIs search for returns the following:

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I certainly did not take part in this “World Lotto”, so this being truthful is out of the question, and thus likely to be a scam.

How will the scammers benefit from me simply sending in my name, address and phone (which they already have), all of which they most likely have if they managed to get their hands on my personal phone number?

Not quite sure if it would be wise to go ahead with providing the requested info and update the question with further details as the case progresses.

Someone I don’t know is sending me test mail. Is this a scam? [on hold]

In the last couple of weeks I’ve received several e-mails at my work account (a small research non-profit). The format is similar for all:

  • “Test mail” in subject line
  • No content in body
  • Address follows the format: [First name][two or three digit number][last name]
  • I do not recognize the names, and as this is a work account, I generally wouldn’t be receiving messages from someone’s gmail account anyway

This seems suspicious but I can’t figure out what’s going on here.

Trying to understand the point of this scam email

I was reviewing my spam folder and spotted this: Finally! My AdultSexMeet confirmation is here!

People are going to have one of two reactions:

  • Hooray! Free porn! Confirm, confirm, confirm! OR
  • OMG! I didn’t sign up for porn! Now everyone can see my profile! I’m so embarrassed! Close, close, close!

I inspected the buttons and links in the email and they are all <a> with mailto in the href with multiple addresses in the mailto. Many, many addresses. All different like and and

Screenshot of HTML structure of link

I have seen this methodology in a few emails now that I’m looking for it.

I’m trying to understand the point of this attack. Are they trying to harvest email address confirmations? My email address has been in countless breaches because “the internet”. It’s not a state secret. Seems a lot of effort to go to for something that is public knowledge.

I’m not sure what to warn my users about. “Don’t click suspicious links ever. If you click this type it will expose your email address… er… some more.”

What am I missing?