Nightdiver13 wrote in post #15197110
I'd say it depends on the wording and tone, although probably a scam. I recently had someone contact me about a Craigslist ad for a lens, asking if I could ship after they paid via Paypal. After emailing them my conditions, they ended up having their grandparents conduct the transaction in person since they live in my town. It sounded sort of fishy at first, but ended up being totally legit.
A vast majority, perhaps in the high 90s, such a contact is a scam. It has been going around for a couple of years now. They will pay a large sum of extra for shipping right up front without you tasking, always via a verified paypal account, but shipped to a friend or relative because they are out of town.
The end result is either a fake email that looks like paypal received the funds and the unsuspecting fool ships the goods out, they pay from a hijacked paypal account, or they pay via a verified account but do a chargeback/dispute.