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February 03, 2014, 10:16:49 PM
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I contacted a person on these forums - and am not sure if I am being scammed or not..

I was trying to buy about one bitcoin. I was told I would get .985 when said and done.

The user insisted we use PP (not my preferred method) but offered I could send as payment. So I figured I could open a case if things went south..

I will upload the pic they sent me, but I am thinking it was photo shopped - especially the amount that his account "lost" on the transaction. As it says .985 but the two amounts above read about ~ .0204 and ~.00003.. no where near 1 BTC

Or if you look on blockchain with the code, the total sent says .02BTC (So I am assuming his was photo shopped).

With this it made me worried, so I looked at the users "other" accounts and found out they were not theirs.. the actual owner of the account had an email, which I contacted and they told me they never heard of the other person/ email.

SO I opened the paypal case and escalated it.. the user got mad (as you would expect) and is insisting he sent it..
I am leaving the case open until I receive the coins.. which I do not see unreasonable.

The thing is, it has been 21 hours and have yet received the funds in the wallet - why I feel like posting this.

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February 03, 2014, 10:58:09 PM
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You should try useing a service like localbitcoins.com

search for a trusted person there, and buy bitcoin then. it might be a bit more expensive, but i never got scammed this way.
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February 03, 2014, 11:06:49 PM
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You're totally safe, guy. Paypal's great for buyers, same with credit cards. Make sure you mention it's a non-tangible item when you're talking to Paypal, but you probably don't need to. Your chance of success is 100%. As long as you're pro-active, it's a great way to buy stuff -- not so much to sell stuff.

It's a decent trolling opportunity. It may be wise to send him $5 as a gift after Paypal refunds you, saying something along the line of "Fair's fair. I wanted to pay you for the lesser amount you did send." I have a feeling it'd hit a nerve, given he sent you .02BTC.

When you feel you're done dealing with scammers and other weirdos, I definitely suggest following the previous poster's advice. Do business face-to-face with someone. There are a lot of great people in the community, and it's a decent opportunity to meet a new friend.
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February 04, 2014, 02:32:39 PM
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Thanks very much for you post. I will do just that (and do probably send the current rate for what ever.. Smiley )

And I will follow other persons guide too.. what I get for trying to get lowest rate Tongue
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