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Just sold an item on Ebay to a guy with an address in the UK but i then received a message from the buyer saying he wanted the item posted to an address in Austria, apart from the difference in postage costs is this some kind of scam?

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Only post to the registered address linked to the payment. If he wants it sent elsewhere, then ask him to update the address on the payment - it might be necessary to refund, then receive the payment again with the new address detailed on it.

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yes - that's the scam

They pay by PayPal and ask you to send it to a different address.  Then then say that it didn't arrive, and regardless of whether you have tracking and can prove that it was signed for, PayPal gives them the money back (which they take from your bank account) because their Ts & Cs only offer the seller protection if you send it to the address registered on PayPal

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Alarm bells would ring for me if someone asked for an item to be sent to an address, other than the one linked to the account 🙂

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Don't do it. 

I was caught out this way but I was returning an item. My son bought something from a company abroad. It needed returning and they gave me the address of their UK warehouse so the postage fees were less. It was tracked, it arrived and was signed for, and then they denied it ever arrived. PayPal wouldn't refund me as it wasn't the address registered with them. Lost the item, my payment and the postage cost. 

 

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100% certain scam. Just refund his PayPal payment (if he's paid) and ask the next highest bidder if he'd like it. Or relist.

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6 minutes ago, Mercury Rising said:

Thanks, guys for the advice, refunded and relisted

I know it’s an inconvenience but, Best to be safe than sorry 👍

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