If buying through eBay any emails from it will be in your eBay messages folder. Be aware that phishing scams are rife about eBay, along with a host of others including utility providers and banks. Some such scam messages which have been reported on and sent to thousands of internet users say that the intended victim’s eBay account has been suspended. To revive it the recipient is instructed to click into a link which may then display high ticket items supposedly for sale at improbably low prices. Such scams are nothing to do with eBay.
Also to be treated with deep suspicion are any claims about eBay’s buyer protection for the purchaser of a vehicle or any mention of ‘vehicle protection’. eBay’s ‘buyer protection’ generally only applies to something that can be posted and is being paid for in the required way. It does not cover vehicles in the UK. Also regard with healthy scepticism an eBay seller who says their PayPal account isn’t working as an excuse for the payment to be made in a less secure way.
If you are uneasy about an email purporting to come from PayPal send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Log into your own PayPal account and check any messages. PayPal’s customer service line is on 0800 3587911. Often such fraudulent communications style PayPal’s name wrongly or are otherwise of low quality – although if it is right that won’t be proof the email is genuine.
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