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Online shoppers beware of scams, PayPal warns

When Alex Gorodetsky received a text message on his cellphone inquiring about a pair of shoes he posted on online classified website Kijiji, he had no reason to believe the person texting him was a scam artist. “In a nutshell the text basically asked me if I could ship a particular pair of sneakers to western Africa,” said Gorodetsky, an avid shoe collector living in Toronto. “At first I thought everything was all good up until I got the exact same text message two more times that day.”