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Anonymous
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
2013-08-01 07:40:29
Classified Ads Scam
carsGuide (carsguide.com.au)
+1 West Aquarius Submersible
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   MIchael Sayers
Email Address:
   michael.sayers.111@gmail.com
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,
Michael.
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Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-08-05 02:12:10
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   David Nicholls
Email Address:
   david.nichollsail008@gmail.com
In response to an advert in Carsguide, I received an initial request via SMS aksing if the car was still available. Following this the following email trail highlighted the scam which was to seek pre-payment for freight, insurance etc to delievre the car )sight unseen) to Darwin.
"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."
In reposne confirming the car was still avilable & price was fixed:
"Thanks for the detailed explanation 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 show my appreciation in my absentia and i really believe he will really enjoy 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. Please confirm your firm price as i dont want misunderstanding in the payment and happy to inform you that i have now upgraded my paypal account to business merchant account so i can make a direct deposit to your bank nominated account from my paypal account . Please advise me of the details so i can make the transfer ASAP and after have sorted out with the payment i have a private courier that will come for the pick up and make a personal delivery for my son after the payment clears into your account."
Payment details were confirmed and in reposnse:
"Thanks for the understanding ,Please I have just made the payments now and i expected paypal to have emailed by now,please check your spam/junk folder as I sometimes get paypal notification there, I sent the full amount in all, paypal said they would be holding the funds and it won't be credited into your account because of the excess payments i added meant for pick up and delivery,they said they have emailed you to this effect, you will need to send the balance to cover freight to the freighting company headquarters via western union money transfer,so that paypal can credit the the full amount into your account as soon as you have emailed the western union details to them, i added extra to cover the western union charges which shouldn't be more that but just to be sure i added. Here is the pick up agent info needed to get the money sent through western union money transfer:
Caiyun Liu, 1055 Dawan Lu, Beijing Zip Code 10027 China .
The following email was recieved fro "Pay Pal"-
Be informed that we have received the final payment of from "David Nicholls" tagged "Insurance and personal home delivery". We are assuring you that the payment has been confirmed and total amount of will be credited into your bank account.
We want to inform you that the money has been deducted from the buyer's account but will not be credited into your account until we receive the information or proof that the said amount which the buyer requested has been sent out the "Insurance and personal home delivery" to the pick up agent via western union money transfer due to security reason.
We are assuring you 100% safety, and as soon as the MTCN number is been emailed to us, a total amount of will be credited into your account.
This Payment will appear in your account statement as "Pay Pal®_ Wire transfer from David Nicholls.
When requested to confirm details of freight company this was the response from "David"
"From: carrisbrokeshippinglimited Date: Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM Subject: Final Copy Of Your Instant Carrisbrookeshipping Quote:Quote Reference Number: quote_4038:报价参考号码:quote_4038 To: david.nichollsail008@gmail.com
Your instant carrisbrookeshipping quote: Quote Reference Number: quote_4038 :报价参考号码:quote_4038 This is a no obligation quote generated by carrisbrookeshipping based on the details you have provided. Like most, we love shopping around for the best price. We believe the price quoted below is the best price. Your Move You have requested to move an car from 20 Malcolm St Erskineville NSW 2043 to 36 koolpinyah crescent tiwi ,northern territory ,0810,Australia DARWIN, NT.
Your Price Based on the details provided :根据提供的详细资料 :
Pick-Up Fee $1,350.00 AUD.
Insurance And Personal Home Delivery Charges $2,100.00 AUD
Total Payment Due$3,450.00 AUD
The trip between (home address) and (ficticious addres in Darwin, Australia) is estimated to take approximately 14 business days.
The Important Stuff Price The price quoted includes a fuel levy and GST. Insurance Carrisbrookeshipping provide insurance at the buyer expenses . Payment Terms Payment in full is required before we can schedule a pick up date. We only accept western union money transfer .
Payment To Our Cooperate Head Office ,, Caiyun Liu, 1055 Dawan Lu, Beijing, Zip Code 10027, China .
Quotation The quoted price is based on the information supplied .
Transit Times We provide transit times as a guide only. There are a lot of factors affecting the transit time. Weather and traffic conditions the most obvious ones. Most times, we are pretty accurate, but, sometimes, well, cars just arrive a bit later then expected, sometimes a bit earlier too. We keep you posted though and you can check yourself by logging into your account and checking the status of your car move. To be sure, just do not plan meetings, holidays or trips around the provided transit times. Personal Items You cannot leave any personal items in the car. Don't forget to empty the boot also! Most carriers do not allow the presence of any personal items in the car. If items are found in the car upon pick-up or drop off at a depot, the car will be rejected for transport. Depot Hours Depots are open Monday to Friday 09:00am to 04:00pm.

Scam Email
Initial contact from David was by SMS - all further contact by email. After inital purchase price was agreed, the issue arose where \"David\" was unable to arrange payment for freight for delivery of the vehicle through Western Union because he was working offshore. The other issue was all payments through Pay Pal were \"blocked\" until freight pre-payment was procesed. When \"David\" was asked to confirm freight details this was not possible.

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