It is always possible to get scammed when trading with Paypal. If a person claims his Paypal account was stolen, there is no reliable way to prove otherwise! Now that you know this, here are the best practices for trading items with cash. Make sure you get the right person. Scammers have been known to imitate people with custom names in the following format http://steamcommunity.com/id/customname Check if the person is a scammer http://www.steamrep.com/ Look for signs of a scammer: Private/New account Frequent name change history. Few non-free games Low hours played Few friends Spread your risk. Sell to multiple people instead of 1 person. Keep screenshots/videos/logs of your trade. Have the buyer send payments as gift. This option is not available in every country. You will know if it is a gift if under Order status/Actions it is blank instead of having a button. When you click Details it will say Payment type: Instant. Request the comments to say "virtual item". Virtual items cannot be contested for non-delivery. Fees 1% Paypal fee for sending international payments. There is no fee between USA and Canada. 2.9% + $0.30 USD for credit card transfers. Usually the buyer pays this fee. International transfer fees are around 3.9% + $0.30 USD https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_display-xborder-fees-outside Paying via e-check or bank transfer When someone pays with these methods, it will take several days to clear. It will first say pending until the money arrives at Paypal. When it arrives, it will say Completed. It is recommended you do not send the item until the payment is Completed.