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Travis
Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia
2013-05-30 03:05:11
Overpayment Scam
Gumtree
+5 West Aquarius Submersible
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Patrick Nichols
Email Address:
   pat.nicholls231@gmail.com
Received the following SMS:

Hi, am making enquiry about your car advert is it still available and what is ur firm price? Pls contact me on pat.nicholls231@gmail.com. Cheers

Email chain listed below. From previous attempts of similar things, the next step would be to ask me to send the $950 to get the ball rolling, then he\'d pay me the amount agreed on, plus the $950 (which I\'d never get). I only go this far on the very off chance they are genuine, but I\'ve seen this every time I\'ve tried to sell a vehicle. Don\'t ever send money - Paypal and Western Union are online and instant or nearly so.:

Hi Travis,


Thanks for the detailed explanation ,am satisfied with your firm asking price and I really appreciate your honesty as that is what i really need most as wont be able to come for inspection as am at work ,just want to buy the it as a surprise package for my son to encourage him towards his future endeavor and i really believe he will really enjoy using it.I would have love to ask for inspection but am making it a %100 surprise package for him and i dont want him to know about it until it delivered.
However i just got a mail from the shipping company now that i will need to pay for the freighting fees before they can schedule pre-shipping/ pickup date,they charged $950aud for the pick up and delivery, but the problem is they only accept western union money transfer as form of payment which is sent to their HQ in the China.


As you are well aware of, I am away at sea and do not have access to western union, most post offices have western union section,will it be ok with you if I add the $950aud to the amount I am transferring? and as soon as the money goes through you can help me make the western union transfer of the freighting fees through western union money transfer? You are not obliged to help me, but i will indeed appreciate your help as I am a little incapacitated here.
Cheers.



On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 1:10 AM, Travis XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX wrote:

Hi Pat.


No worries. There\'s no bad history with the ute, unfortunately my knees and ankles are not in the best shape so working a manual is getting a little painful. It is a reluctant sale as I am the second owner and have had it for five years. It has been regularly serviced and is in good shape.


It has been used only occasionally for loads or towing so very little stress has been placed on it. It should keep running well for a long time to come.


If it\'s going to NT, then the Qld reno won\'t be any use. If I take the plates off, and leave a receipt and the old rego papers in the vehicle, your son would be able to do the NT rego and it would eliminate the need for transfer paperwork. Would this suit you?


If you choose to go ahead with the purchase, Paypal is fine - the email address is kellhound@arcroyal.net


I\'m happy to be home for the freight company as long as I know what day they will be arriving. Before they take the vehicle, payment would need to be cleared and they would need to provide me with a receipt or docket to show that they have taken possession, which will protect both of us.


If there\'s anything else you need or want to know, please let me know and I\'ll do my best to provide it. Email may be a bit sporadic because I can only check it during my breaks, but I\'ll respond as quickly as I can.


Congrats on your son\'s graduation.


Cheers, Travis.

patrick nicholls wrote:

Thanks for the reply and so sorry that i couldn\'t call you due to the nature of my work,I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently on rig at the moment,on the west aquarius submersible to be precise.I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,its 20days off and 10days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility and where is it located at the moment.

I am buying this for my first son who just graduated ontop of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift and a surprise package for him ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don\'t mind my asking.I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery to my son.I will really appreciate if you can email more info.

As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using paypal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details.If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.

Kind Regards,
Patrick.




On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM, Travis XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX wrote:

Hi Pat.


The ute is still available with a firm price of $XXXX. Inspection is welcome, just contact me by phone, text or email to arrange a time - most afternoons and evenings are fine, and some weekends.


Cheers, Travis.



Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-01-07 05:54:18
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Matt Gramha
Email Address:
   mailto:mattgramha@hotmail.com
same scam still circulating, email word for word after a text message from a computer not a phone, emailed back to them the link to this page

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-07-18 00:20:41
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   David Nicholls
Email Address:
   david.nichollsail008@gmail.com
SAME SCAM, different e-mail address:
Thanks for the reply and so sorry that i couldn't call you due to the nature of my work,I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently on rig at the moment,on the west aquarius submersible to be precise.I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,its 20days off and 10days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility and where is it located at the moment.
I am buying this for my first son who just graduated ontop of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift and a surprise package for him ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery to my son.I will really appreciate if you can email more info.
As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using paypal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details.If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.
Kind Regards, David.
On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 2:25 AM, wrote: Hello David,
Thank you for the message. The Land Rover is still for sale.
The bottom price I could do is $X,XXX no haggling that is it.
It is a reliable 4x4 I just don't need it anymore.

Scam Email
carsguide.com

No Name   (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-07-17 20:30:11
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   David Nicholls
Thanks for the reply and so sorry that i couldn't call you due to the nature of my work,I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently on rig at the moment,on the west aquarius submersible to be precise.I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,its 20days off and 10days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility and where is it located at the moment.
I am buying this for my first son who just graduated ontop of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift and a surprise package for him ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery to my son.I will really appreciate if you can email more info.
As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using paypal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details.If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.
Kind Regards, David.

Scam Email
thought it was a bit weird...glad I checked

Julia   (Duncraig, Western Australia, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-06-14 19:41:35
 Scammer
  Information
Email Address:
   neil.parker231@gmail.com
Same as above:
Thanks for the reply and so sorry that i couldn't call you due to the nature of my work,I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently on rig at the moment,on the west aquarius submersible to be precise.I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,its 20days off and 10days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility and where is it located at the moment.
I am buying this for my first son who just graduated ontop of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift and a surprise package for him ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery to my son.I will really appreciate if you can email more info.
As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using paypal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details.If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.
Kind Regards, Neil.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-06-13 23:36:43
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Paatrik nichols
Email Address:
   pat.nicholls231@gmail.com
word for word as above
Thanks for the reply and so sorry that i couldn't call you due to the nature of my work,I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently on rig at the moment,on the west aquarius submersible to be precise.I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,its 20days off and 10days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility and where is it located at the moment. I am buying this for my first son who just graduated ontop of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift and a surprise package for him ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery to my son.I will really appreciate if you can email more info. As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using paypal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details.If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address. Kind Regards, Patrick.

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checked online about west Aquarius submersibles and found this site with the scam reported. thanks heaps, saved me time and money by the looks of it.

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