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Last wednesday I sold my Nikon D2X on eBay for ~$1850 to a buyer with 100% feedback. The buyer had a verified address in LA so I sent an invoice with the total plus cost of domestic shipping. I didn't see payment but got an e-mail from the buyer asking if I could send the camera to an international address in Moldova (bells starting to ring in my head, but I'm trusting). I said yes and sent her a new invoice with the appropriate postage for Global Express Mail International to Moldova. According to her she is working as a project manager oversees and this was supposed to be a gift for a business partner.
I get a notice within about ten minutes that I've been paid the full sum for the item and shipping through Paypal. However, the name attached to the account is not the same name as the ebayer to whom I sold the camera. This is the point where I probably should have contacted both eBay and Paypal and had them check this all out before I shipped, but apparently I'm a retard and didn't. Anyway, I transfer the funds to my bank account and then head for the post office. I post the package and head back to work.
At this point I've got two or three more e-mails from the eBayer who won the auction asking for the tracking number and asking if I'd already sent the package. So I take a picture of the receipt and the customs info and the express mail info and e-mail it to her.
The next day (last Thursday) I get a notice from eBay's security center saying that my listing for the D2X was deleted and cited a fraudulent use of the eBayer's account to purchase the item. This is where I really start getting worried. I contact the eBayer and she says that her account was locked because eBay was suspicious of her bids coming from her international IP. That puts me somewhat at ease, but I start preparing myself for a Paypal charge back within the next couple of hours.
I got the chargeback this morning (woohoo).
Now, it looks like even though this guy and this girl both had their information jacked and fraudulently used, that they will be able to get their money back and the damages repaired. However, I have no idea what I can do because I'm out my item and, essentially the ~1850.
I've filed a claim with Paypal, tried to explain the situation, sent them the item tracking number and have been trying to figure out what to do on the eBay side of things.
The eBayer left feedback so I still have her information even if the listing has been deleted from my "sold" file.
I have the information of the eBayer, including address and e-mail. I've got the information of the guy who paid me through paypal, including address and e-mail, and I've got the name, address and phone number of the person who is supposed to receive the package in Moldova. I've got the original shipping receipts as well as the transcript of about 20 e-mails back and forth between myself and the ebayer.
So, H/A, what do I do? I need your help and your advice.