July 10, 2020

Beware of Selling to Alan Coakley if you use PayPal

If you run an online business, you are most likely to use PayPal to accept payments. However, there are many scammers out there who will try their best to get your products or service for free using PayPal buyer protection.

We don’t like scammers, nobody likes scammers, they are the scum of the earth when it comes down to small businesses. Running a business on a shoestring budget or even a non-profit business in this case can be dangerous if you allow the wrong person to buy from you.

We will be updating this news article, naming and shaming people who think they can get away with paying for your product or service and then months later demanding their money back through PayPal buyers protection. It happens, PayPal is a reliable service but it is ruined by a minority of scammers.

Let’s start with Alan Coakley. This scammer purchased FOUR plans from an online community in March, April, July and August 2019. He also contacted the community via his email account asking to extend one of his plans. On November 6th, he decided to dispute all four payments as “Unauthorised”. The community refused to entertain Alan Coakley and officially won the case, all four disputes were closed and the funds remained with the community.

On November 7th, Alan Coakley decided to open disputes on the same four payments, but this time he reported each plan as “Not Received”. PayPal decided the case in his favour although his last plan had expired 2 months before.

PayPal disputes can be very dangerous for small businesses and nonprofit communities as was the community he scammed. If you do use PayPal to accept online payments, do your best to block the following emails from ever creating an account on your website. alan-coakley@hotmail.com and acklamroad136@hotmail.com. Yes Alan has two emails connected to the same PayPal account and he is on a mission to get back as much money as he can from businesses he made payments to over the last year.

We will update this post with more scam emails as we find them. In our opinion, there is nothing wrong with naming and shaming scammers to protect businesses and services.