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Buyer asking for my paypal email address so can send payment. Is this ok?
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎08-22-2011

Buyer asking for my paypal email address so can send payment.  Is this ok?

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Community Member
Posts: 24,696
Registered: ‎01-20-2005
in reply to rlin63

Dear Buyer,


It's not necessary for you to have my email address to make payment. For your own protection, you should only pay by using eBay checkout. Click Pay Now in one of the following places:


1. Next to the item in your Purchase History.

2. On the item listing.

3. On the email you received from eBay to let you know you won the item.


Once payment is received, your item will be on the way.


Thank you again for your purchase.


Your Seller



If you receive push back, stop communicating and open the unpaid item case ASAP after 4 days -then close it after 4 more days.

Community Member
Posts: 18,695
Registered: ‎02-25-2003
in reply to rlin63

In many cases, that is the precursor to somebody sending you a fake "email from PayPal", telling you the item was paid.


Suggest you reply to the buyer, and tell them to click on the "Pay Now" button in the listing.


Above all, do NOT ship until PayPal says it is OK to ship, and ship ONLY to the address provided by PayPal!


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Community Member
Posts: 8,117
Registered: ‎05-24-2009
in reply to rlin63

No, it's not O.K.


Buyers don't need your e-mail address, unless they want to send you a real looking e-mail supposedly from PayPal, telling you that you've been paid.


Buyers click on the Pay Now button on the end of auction notice they receive from eBay. That's it.

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Community Member
Posts: 9,977
Registered: ‎05-23-2007
in reply to rlin63

A buyer asking for your email address so they can pay is a redflag that you are dealing with a scammer.


If the item is expensive and the seller is inexperienced, it is certain to be a scam.

Community Member
Posts: 7,281
Registered: ‎02-18-2005
in reply to rlin63

Above advice is correct however, it isn't that your email is some secret to be guarded. Every buyer and seller you've used PayPal with has it.


The scam is because many sellers don't bother to login to PayPal to verify every payment before shipping.


Anyone doing so would see they were not paid and not ship. But many are lazy and don't do it. My eBay can be incorrect as well as emails faked but plenty still won't take the extra step to look in PayPal.


New sellers should get off on the right foot by verifying every single payment is Completed (even if funds not yet available) and OK to SHIP.

Never rely on eBay nor emails for accurate payment information.

Login to PayPal!