1. Did you initiate this? Did they? If someone out of the blue messages you it’s almost always a scam in my opinion. I’d use localmonero with a verified seller. I trust that more than KYC

  2. they want you to switch chat apps so they can hand you off to a different person. one of many warning flags that this is likely a scam.

  3. Use Session messenger to communicate setup. Use localmonero as a go-between escrow. Keep all messages relating to payment on localmonero.

  4. It’s to protect him most likely. Telegram is supposed to be an encrypted messenger, but it gets compromised.

  5. Telegram allows scammers to operate basically unhindered. The platform's code of conduct is like three lines long. I found it hard to believe that such a popular service can get away having such sketchy rules. It is probably the least tightly controlled platform with any significant popularity. In fact, that might be part of the reason for its popularity. Trust your instincts. If something doesn't smell right, just move on. You are under no obligation to trade with anyone.

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