Originally Posted by Placebo
Of course it's a scam. She's going to introduce some sort of complication with her PayPal account and ask you to wire it.
Either that, or you'll receive an official-looking e-mail with PayPal graphics saying that you've received payment -- but it will be a fake. Go ahead, check your PayPal account directly when this happens. There of course won't actually be any new money there.
I've been trying to sell an old unlocked cell phone, and I have NEVER had so much trouble with eBay before as I've had these past few weeks. THREE, count 'em, three times in a row the winning bidders were scammers, two from Nigeria and one from Moldova. The second Nigerian scammer had apparently hijacked a legit users account too (probably a separate phishing operation had scammed the account password out of some poor honest guy).
I smelled these scams from a mile away, and while I could easily defend myself against falling for the scams insofar as shipping to someone who's never going to pay, they still f*ck me over with needing to relist my item (or just give up on eBay), report the problems, fight with eBay to get my auction fees refunded, etc.
I'm completely gunshy now about trying to sell anything on eBay again, unless I give up on auctions entirely and try to sell things at fixed prices (where I'm not likely to get as good a price as in an auction) where the sale doesn't officially close until payment is actually made.
Finally today I'll be able to mark off the third scammer as "not paid" -- eBay makes you wait 7 days before you can even report non-payment, the only action you can take then is to issue a payment reminder, and then it's another 8 days before you can finally close out the sale and try to get your listing fees and the cut eBay takes on the sale price refunded.
In the first two auctions, the Nigerian scammers posted unrealistically high bids during the last few minutes of the auction, making it impossible for me to even have time to reject those bids before the auction closed.