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PayPal scammer buyer @techie.com

Discussion in 'General Business' started by O-D-T, May 1, 2015.

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    Beware of any clients coming to you from techie.com. You will never see the money. Several abuse cases can be googled for this domain. They are using different names, different email addresses on @techie.com domain. In our case the scammer came from IP
    O-D-T, May 1, 2015 IP
  2. jrbiz

    jrbiz Illustrious Member

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    Thanks for the heads-up. Can you advise as to what you sold and how you were scammed?
    jrbiz, May 1, 2015 IP
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  3. O-D-T

    O-D-T Member

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    We are quite new to PayPal subscriptions with REST API, so we implemented it somehow we thought it is the best and maybe it is not the best.
    When someone subscribes with you on PayPal, you get notification about that via PayPal's IPN, but you do not receive money. The money arrive later, usually within a couple of minutes or hours. We are selling digital services (in this case it was API service) and we thought it might be a good idea not to wait for the money, as this seems to be some PayPal's thing and not a problem of our customer. So we start providing the service to the customer when PayPal tells us that the subscription is active.

    It happened for the first time to us with this "customer" that after several hours PayPal send us information that "the payment was skipped" - i.e. no money arrived and that PayPal will "try later". This guy started to consume the provided service very very quickly after he created the subscription. He consumed over 20 % of his monthly subscription requests within a couple of hours, before PayPal informed us the payment was skipped. So we tried to contact him on his PayPal email address just to find out it did not exist at all (email bounced). On the other email we had to this guy, we received no reply. He then created 2 more subscriptions and all of them ended with "payment was skipped" PayPal notification. There was clearly no intention to buy anything, just go on a free ride from this guy.

    The problem is, do we want to change our system in order to wait for the money before we provide the service? This can take several hours and the end customer can probably do nothing about it. This would prevent misuse, but would make it unpleasant for normal customers, who want to buy and go ...
    O-D-T, May 1, 2015 IP