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The typical Bricklink "scam" store is a new one that lists 10179, etc for $750 sealed. Otherwise, I find Bricklink to be a pretty reliable place.
Post a link to the store, it's reasonably easy to tell whether or not it is a "scam" store or not.
For comparison sake, I accept PayPal at my BL store, but not Google whatever or Amazon whatever. Why? I stick with what I know and what I believe many of my customers know.
You could always contact the store, express your concern, request to pay with PayPal and offer to cover the PayPal surcharge (something like 3-5%). Stores that accept PayPal have already factored this charge into their list price or explicitly add it to your order.
High value sets
Lower than average prices
One of those four is OK, but as you get more ticks on the list then the probability if a scam goes up.
I like using a CC through my trusted bank that I know will actually protect me when something goes wrong.
So is there another way to pay for something and get buyer protection other than paypal? Your comment makes it seem like you get that via your bank? Is that standard, like for all CCs?
I can pay through PayPal by creating a link by taking the following address and putting the email on the end.
this let's you use your cc without an account.
As as for the cc all providing the same protection yes....in writing they do. Do you honestly think capital one provides you the same service as American Express? Some companies follow the law and their guarantees better than others.
my bank has repeatedly proven they are there for me. I use their cards with no worries that I am protected. I would not be able to use other cards with the same confidence. Just my opinion though.