Since transferring money from PayPal to Skrill directly and vise verse is not possible, a website owner came forward in the comments of that blog post to promote their website as a legit way to do such transfers. I was skeptical and short after that – a reader came forward to back my skepticism. Today’s post is based on that reader’s scam website report about PaypalToSkrill dot com. Read on.
Meet Dan – he lost $150 to PayPaltoSkrill dot com.
In his first comment, he bluntly said it is definitely a scam website with no details whatsoever (you can see his comment here). I asked him to elaborate so he left another comment and also sent me a detailed email on the topic.
Short story – he sent PaypalToSkrill dot com $150 via PayPal and they didn’t instantly transfer his money to his Skrill account, as advertised. They requested more money if he wanted to get any money at all.
The story how Dan discovered it is a scam website
Dan didn’t trust them, he says. But he was “desperate” to move some money to Skrill quickly, and desperation makes people stupid (his words, not mine ;-)), so he decided to make a small transaction to test if paypaltoskrill website was legit.
After making the initial transaction – nothing happened. No instant transfer (as that is what they advertise!).
He contacted their customer service to find out what was going on. He was told a first time user’s first transaction is usually held for a number of days for verification, but if he were to open and close a dispute, he would then receive his money instantly. So he did.
Then he was told he had to wait for the finance team to come in the next working day (up to 24 hours) to refund his transfer but if he were to send more money it would now be instant.
Here is the transcript of Dan’s first chat with customer support:
I have grayed out Dan’s email and also have colored Dan’s lines in green and customer support’s lines in red – to be easy on your eyes when following the conversation.
The next day the money was not in Dan’s Skrill account, as promised by the customer service rep. So he contacted customer service again and was told he had to wait for the finance team to refund his transfer the next working day (24 -48 hours) but if he sent them more money he would receive it instantly.
Here is the transcript of Dan’s second chat with customer support:
I don’t know about you but I start seeing a pattern here
Cut to a week later (the moment he left that comment on my blog), he is still told that his money will be held until he sends them more money. Not what one would call a legit Instant Transfer!
Since the customer support representative insisted that this is their process and Dan should go along with the process to get instant transactions from PayPal to Skrill and vise verse, I went to PaypalToSkrill dot com to see this process of theirs.
There was no trace of such process explained on their website.
Here is what they say on their website one should do to get instant transfers from PayPal to Skrill:
That’s it – 8 easy steps and you get your instant transfer right away. As you can see there is no trace of what the support rep was saying to Dan in their first chat.
But to be absolutely sure, I went ahead and initiated a chat myself.
I got a very polite customer support representative. He or she explained very politely that there is no difference between new or old users and that all I need to do now is send them at least $100 from PayPal and within 10 minutes, I will see my money in my Skrill account. No verification required – I have it in written! Here is a screenshot of the chat I had with that person:
Now, I am not willing to sacrifice $100 for the sake of this blog post. Besides, I touched base with Dan last week and he never got his money – neither back in his PayPal account, nor in his Skrill account.
But I did a quick search on Google and I found a couple of scam reports on reputable sites identifying PaypalToSkrill dot com as a scam website – here is the Scambook report and the Ripoff report.
So please, dear readers, don’t use PaypalToSkrill dot com – it most probably is a scam website.
Or if you have a positive review for the site (and you are not the site’s owner) – come forward in the comments 😀
P.S. You may want to try out Payoneer – some of my readers reported they are able to get their money from freelance websites in countries where there are certain restrictions for PayPal. You will still not be able to transfer money from PayPal to Skrill and vise verse but Payoneer may just eliminate your need for such transfer in the first place.
P.P.S. Note: there is an affiliate link included, which means if you register to Payoneer through my link, I may be eligible for a small commission at a future moment, without any additional cost to you. Thanks! 😀
Just in case anyone has the resources to get after the person this scam (the website seems to be closed for now) …It is someone from India named Swagatika Gadhai , I know that name as I was as desperate as Dan to get my money into skrill and had sent $100 to that persons paypal email .
I am sorry to hear about you falling victim to the site as well, Rony – you are right, the site seems to be down since the day i posted this (what a coincidence, huh? :D). I remember the guy who left the Ripoff report pledged to put this site out of business so maybe he did manage to do that!
Jeri Walker-Bickett says
It really is sad and amazing the many ways that unscrupulous people dream up to scam others… It’s good to see you getting word out.
oh, getting the word out is the least i could do, Jeri – you are right unscrupulous people are everywhere, waiting to take advantage. I wonder how people fall for these scam websites but… well, from my brief communication with Dan, he looked like a nice and smart guy – so i guess it is true ‘desperation makes people stupid’… 🙁
Gracias, Diana. Great info. Anything for a quick buck, but not on my watch. Ciao. Blessings.
You’re welcome, Johnny – glad this post was helpful and informative to you, too! 😀
Susan Cooper/findingourwaynow.com says
Whoa, That is really something. It really pay to check things out carefully, doesn’t it. Thanks for this Diana
It sure does, Susan – where there is money involved, usually there is risk for deception as well. How did the saying go? Measure thrice, check twice, cut once – i guess it;s a good advice! 😀
Ouch. That sucks. Always someone out there willing to give people the run around and then steal their money. That they have so much customer support to shroud the whole thing in mystery is interesting. Sounds quite a complex and pro setup!
You are right, Ashley – it is sad what we (people) have become – i miss the good old days when you could just help a stranger without questioning if he or she has a hidden agenda when asking for help 🙁
And i was surprised of the well organized website as well. No wonder so many people have fallen victim for it – they had better customer support than some legit businesses out there!
Shahzad Saeed says
Recently my $350 has been taken by a scammer 🙁
And, I agree… desperate make people stupid
oh, Shahzad, i am sorry to hear you were scammed too. Was it by this very same site the blog post is about?
Glenn Shepherd says
Thanks for highlighting this. I hadn’t heard of PayPaltoSkrill but it’s always good to know about any potential scams.
The way they held Dan’s money reminds me a little of the way the Nigerian 419 scammers operate. Sadly, some people have absolutely no morals and are only out to defraud people.
Well done too on your detective work!
Thanks for your comment and feedback, Glenn – i am glad you find my detective work good 😉 I am not familiar with the Nigerian 419 scammers but i sure am happy to bring this scam website to your attention so you stay away from it!
I’m really thankful for you, Because I was about to join this site and I guess your post just helped.
I will not join this website now.
Thanks for your comment, Samir – i am glad i could help you avoid being scammed. May i ask where were you going to join the site… they have been offline since the day this post was published, Did they move somewhere you know about, by any chance? thanks!
So sad. I hate scammers! Weird that that have online chat support though. That’s not usual for a scam website…
Right, i agree, Lisha – it was a very well organized scam website, i guess. As Ashley pointed out earlier in the comments, they really stood out with their customer support – I found their first-point-of-interaction customer support to be better than some legit businesses out there!
I guess even when you steal money, you need to invest some first to succeed. Too bad this website owner’s efforts were not put into better use…
Haha , the website is up again , i called paypal India and asked them if paypaltoskrill is affiliated to them , and they told me no (Did that on purpose for them to send a trademark violation email to the registrat).. Hopefully this time it will die forever
Maybe it will, maybe it won’t… i have always been amazed how easy it is to ruin a legit business if you are not careful, and how hard it is to kill a scam. Have you noticed this? 😀
I did the same thing – send money using their service BUT when they told me to open and close the dispute I knew it is a fraud instantly because if I will do that I have no way to reopen the dispute.
And that’s why I have opened a dispute to get the money back instantly and not close it at all.
I will wait for paypal to refund the money- that’s the reason I used paypal in the first place -PROTECTION.
I am also going to put this blog post on the dispute if needed to convince paypal it is a fraud.
I am sorry you’ve been scammed, Dan – i am not happy with paypal support sometimes but i sure hope they will be able to protect you the way you hope.
I am using paypaltoskrill . com for last 2 months and have done more than 5 – 6 exchanges successfully , but I havn’t faced any problem like you guys till now… they are very much legit i think…. some of my friends are also using this website…. and everything working fine out here..
One more thing I told you before I have opened a dispute BUT IT DID NOT HELP.
This Claim is Now Closed
Dear ******** *********,
We completed our investigation for the following transaction:
Case ID: PP-002-968-657-017
Transaction Date: Feb 17, 2014
Transaction Amount: -$130.00 USD
Seller’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seller’s Name: UMA AGRAWAL
Unfortunately, we are denying your claim because your purchase was for a virtual, digital, or intangible item, which is not covered under PayPal Purchase Protection. We only cover claims involving physical items that can be shipped and tracked.
We encourage you to work directly with your seller to resolve the problem.
You’ll find their contact information on the Transaction Details page.
This is the email i got from paypal.
Now go to the theifs site and you will see they are no longer using this email: email@example.com but something different with the @outlook.com at the end.
And pay pal DO NOT CARE!
paypal to skrill .com is a genuine website. They provide instant exchange. I have done few exchanges from them. They are not fake.
@ dan you must chat with the website support about your case. They are available. 24 x 7 .
My exchanges till date :
All are successful and instant.
Only one of my exchange 120 USD took 2 days to process because I entered a wrong note. Later I corrected the note with the help of customer support and it was processed after 24 hours manually by them.
if you are having any problem you can contact their customer support.
This is A FAKE reply – you are lying – I have contacted them several times and up until now nor I or the recipient got the money and this is more than 30 days now
Chris, if you have successfully exchanged money through this site – i guess you’ve been lucky enough. But there are enough ripoff reports and scam reports to conclude it is not exactly a legit site.
I don’t know if you are paid to leave a comment here or not, but i would still advise my readers to NOT use paypal to skrill dot com as it appears to be a scam site more than a legit one.
Let’s not turn this commenting section into a support-like forum – i have no affiliation neither with the scam site, nor with PayPal so whoever has whatever problems with either, i would suggest you take it to the corresponding party. 😀
Again, Dan i am sorry you have been scammed – what i can do is spread the word and raise awareness about the site by blogging on the topic…
Dianna – one more thing, during the paypal claim I have sent THIS page to paypal and to the seller – this is the only reason that you now see these 2 pseudo replies only now and nothing before.
You posted on your last reply that you have made a paypal claim and Paypal has also solved the claim.
Now, can you tell me why paypaltoskrill.com will send you the refund?
and why you are telling me fake? just because I told that I made my exchanges successfully?
paypaltoskrill.com is of course a genuine website, because all of my exchanges are success full with them.
Chris, we heard your opinion that this s legit site – please, don’t take it personally when tens of people out there who have been scammed by this site disagree with you 😀
I was giving you the benefit of the doubt (if you are a paid comnmenter or not) – but i think my readers should know that you are submitting the same comments multiple times, that you are using services to mask your IP and every time your IP is different and bouncing over Europe – having said this, now i am more inclined to believe Dan who suggested your reply is fake and as a direct result of the scam website owners’ getting a link to this post.
Anyways, i will kindly ask you again to NOT turn this comments section into support forum or arena for your personal differences. I would hate to block you from commenting altogether… Thank you.
Hope you get something useful out of my blog after all – there are pklenty of other (and positive) blog posts here 😀
Good cache Dianna!
Cheers for you.
Chris – I will not even bother replying to your NEW LIES Just give us a break…
Cache = catch…
Sorry for the typo
I am replying just because you guys called me fake.
secondly, masking of IP does not make me fake. many persons masks ip while surfing the internet.
You told me that you know 10 people who are disappointed with that site. I want to tell you that I have more than 10 friends who are using paypaltoskrill.com successfully. and I know that if they also comment here you will also tell them fake because you are the blog owner and you will let your blog readers think what you think. if anyone thinks any other thing then he is a fake.
anyways due to your several request, I will not comment on your blog in future. this is my last comment on your blog.
Chris, i have never told my readers what to think – they are adults and smart people (most of them anyway!)… i tell them what I think, they decide what to do with the information and use it to their advantage 😀
I have also never told i know 10 people who are disappointed from the site – i said there are rip off reports and they are referenced from the blog post itself. I never called you fake – Dan did; i just shared some “behind the scenes” information about your behavior as a commenter which was suspicious and thought my readers should know before making a decision to use or not to use the site.
And i have never requested you to stop commenting on my blog – i asked you not to turn the comments on this post in a support-like forum – which it isn’t. To the contrary – i invited you to read my blog and comment on other posts, IF you want and IF you find anything useful 😀
If it is your last comment – that’s fine, your choice. But i do appreciate that you will not post another comment on this post preaching about paypal to skrill dot com website excellence – that i did request indeed 😀
Luke Everett says
Hello diana, I was the first user to post a complaint of paypal to skrill on scambook, I have never received my money back.
The thing that has infuriated me most is the fact they setup an account on scambook and commented on my post (fraudulently pretending it was me) saying ‘I had now received the money’, the site is still at large and needs to be stopped.
Thanks for your comment, Luke – it would appear “impersonating” is another specialty of these guys 😉
Stopping online scam schemes proves to be challenging today when everything is available freely on the internet – it all boils down to each individual’s decision making abilities and process, i guess…
I am sorry i cannot be of more help here – the only thing i could do to is keep on spreading the word about this site so we raise awareness about it.
Write on his site “Facebook” with 7000 likes.
This is a lie as well.
He steals a lot of people
Let them be, Israel. Their FB page has more than 7K fans with only 3 pages updates and no activity whatsoever for the last 6 months or more – i think it is obvious the page is not exactly active… FB has their own algorithms to determining if it’s a dormant page or not and how much to push it forward as a mews source of a kind…
His website has mail to send money to his PayPal.
Each day a different email.
PayPal seems that blocking it. He replaces account.
And I will deal with the loss of $ 100, it’s still not $ 1000.
But the problem for these people as they will lose money.
Even me, he stole 101 dollars
It replaces all the oil the Mile PayPal. And its not at all PayPal Verified
Thanks for your comment, Israel – i am sorry to hear you have also been scammed 🙁
I don’t quite understand your comment though – what does “It replaces all the oil the Mile PayPal” mean? Thanks!
I have also been scammed, they just stole $35.50 from me. I have written to firstname.lastname@example.org since their WHOIS is private. Does someone here have their WHOIS history? The chat transcript says Mumbai in the end, I guess these assoles need to be treated by Police.
If someone can provide me with their particular and they are in India/Mumbai, I can screw them legally bigtime.
Well, today was a hectic day. I traced their IP to a hosting company in Hyderabad.
Wrote to the hosting provider, they spoke to this scammer and suspended his hosting account and due to provide me this person’s name/address and contact no.
Soon as I get all the info, I will initiate a police enquiry against this scamster. One good thing out of this was, he returned my money to my paypal account.
All people who lost money to him and have chat transcripts may please reply here.
Wow – you are just so cool!!!
i lost 130$ to this thief – paypal said – it is not “tangible” so they closed the claim to his favor – do you think you can help?
Hello Diana ,
And the site is up again , under a different domain name , now with more options to scam people — rechargewithpaypal.com , see the design similarity between the old and new site
I just tested with $10 transfer , and as expected , the support just vanished …lol
Calling the hosting provider and domain registrar ..
Diana Marinova says
It’s good there are people like you, Rony, who are going the extra mile to bring scammers to justice… Good luck fighting this one as they seem to always come back one way or the other!
Is that really a scam? I just wander about such websites.
Diana Marinova says
I think so, yes. Look at the many complains and reports available online (the links I have given are just to get you started). Plus, the site seems to no longer be available. I think it’s a safe bet they are a scam site, and they have probably moved to a new domain to continue scamming people…