Am I being scammed?

beauxgoris

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I purchased an item off ebay this past weekend (sunday). Today I received one of those automated alerts from PayPal that tells you your tracking number. Okay fine, right? So I go to the UPS site to track the number and it lists the destination as somewhere 1.5 hours from here. The next state over if you will. I paid by PayPal and have a confirmed account - so I don't know how she could have messed up my zip code?! I emailed her this afternoon, but so far no word. I sent another email tonight to find out what's going on.

Is this some sort of scam: where she mails the package to a friend so she can show PP a tracking number and that the item was received so she can receive her money - or just an honest mistake. Can I do anything to protect myself?

I'm freaking out a bit. Thoughts?
 

ladyisobel

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ummm, not sure that it sounds like a scam , i would say there would be a reasonable explanation once she gets back to you.
what sort of feedback does the seller have ? or when you said you purchased "off " ebay , did you mean not on ebay ?:biggrin:
 

beauxgoris

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^^No, I meant "on ebay" - or through ebay (sorry if that was confusing).

They only had 3 feedback which is why I'm nervous. It's not a HUGE sum on money - but enough that I wouldn't want to lose it or be scammed.
 

ladyisobel

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he he , thats what i thought, but had better check ! could she have tapped in the wrong tracking number or something ? i guess we'll just have to wait till she replies to your email !
 

beauxgoris

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^^Thank you. I'll update thread tomorrow with hopefully more info!!

I just wanted to check and make sure this wasn't some sort of typical scam: you know swapping of tracking numbers or something....
 

pjrufus

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I have noticed when it's UPS ground, it shows destination as my local facility, when it's 2day, destination is at a different location about an hour away. It usually shows up at my door that same day. They may have a different delivery system for the faster services. It's been awhile, but I do remember being a bit confused when I first saw that odd destination.
 

mmmsc

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Beauxgoris, please keep usposted. It's possible that UPS puts in the destination zip code of one of their nearest processing facilities, and maybe there is one 1 1/2 hours from you? Maybe you can call UPS and see if you can track it that way. Because if they do have a wrong zip code, at least you can give them the right one.
 

joce_donald

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I think you shouldn't be worried too soon. PayPal still protects you if she sent to the wrong address even though she has prove of delivery.
 

beauxgoris

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UPDATE: i heard from the seller. She sent my automated tracking number to someone else and mine to hers. Odd that it's so close - but either way she sent me a new tracking number which does show my city and state.

Thank goodness it seems like a natural error. Ebay is just so awful lately I'm freaked out about transactions. I try not stay away but every once and a while I indulge.

Thanks everyone for your answers and concern. :flowers:
 
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Hopefully you will get your package.. everyone is alerted to the fact that the

wrong zip code was put on. so maybe it will arrive sooner than later
 

ladyisobel

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UPDATE: i heard from the seller. She sent my automated tracking number to someone else and mine to hers. Odd that it's so close - but either way she sent me a new tracking number which does show my city and state.

Thank goodness it seems like a natural error. Ebay is just so awful lately I'm freaked out about transactions. I try not stay away but every once and a while I indulge.

Thanks everyone for your answers and concern. :flowers:
oh cool, i was thinking that was what had happened, let us know when it arrives !